From the Editor.
In trying to maintain the commemorative theme of the conflict in Southeast Asia, we have three articles that discuss topics of interest. Our first article is by repeat contributor Darrel Whitcomb, whose many articles on combat search and rescue in Southeast Asia have graced our pages in the past, adds to that wealth with the detailed story of the attempted rescue of Jackel 33 during Linebacker II. It really is gripping reading.
Our second article continues the story of the Thanh Hoa bridge, when Dutch historian and writer Theo van Geffen moves on from the first attempts to destroy the bridge using F--105s to the attempts to float water-borne mines under the bridge. Great level of detail in this story, so don't miss it.
Our third article talks about the contribution of the Air National Guard to the conflict, when the chief historian of the Air National Guard, David P. Anderson, enumerates the many contributions of the Guard to the airlift mission workload in support of the fight. It also has several very interesting photos of the era.
Our fourth article shifts gears as we return to World War II, when longtime contributor Daniel L. Haulman writes about the firebombing of cities during the extended war. It's a very interesting take on the controversial practice of firebombing. Be sure to look it over.
Our fifth and final article is by a first-time contributor, Jayson A. Altieri, with a history of one of the USAAF training bases in Alabama during World War II. Many thousand of men needed aerial training to contribute to the war effort, and Napier Field was one of many that produced pilots and other airmen for the conflict.
As usual, we have a bunch of book reviews, beginning on page 54, but the large volume of article content has reduced the usual number. There are still some interesting books in those pages though.
We also have our regular feature of the "new" History Mystery. Check it out on page 64. In the days prior to publication, the Foundation conducted its annual awards ceremony and banquet, and also contributed to a symposium on the war in Vietnam. There are photos and the President's Message, beginning on page 4. If this issue arrives a day or two later than usual, you can blame the delay on waiting for the photos to be ready to include. Worth the wait I think. The best of holidays to all of you, our faithful readers.
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