The Rescue Of Streetcar 304: A Navy Pilot's Forty Hours on the Run in Laos

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In 1968, during a forty hour period, the Air Force flew 189 sorties to rescue a Navy A-7 pilot, call sign Streetcar 304, in one of the largest rescue efforts of the Vietnam War. Before it ended, four pilots had ejected, seven planes were lost or heavily damaged, and, at one point, seven airmen awaited rescue behind enemy lines. Streetcar 304 now provides his personal narrative about the event.On his very first combat mission, Fields catapulted off the USS America, flew to Laos, dropped his bombs in the midst of ...
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The Rescue of Streetcar 304: A Navy Pilot's Forty Hours on the Run in Laos

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In 1968, during a forty hour period, the Air Force flew 189 sorties to rescue a Navy A-7 pilot, call sign Streetcar 304, in one of the largest rescue efforts of the Vietnam War. Before it ended, four pilots had ejected, seven planes were lost or heavily damaged, and, at one point, seven airmen awaited rescue behind enemy lines. Streetcar 304 now provides his personal narrative about the event.On his very first combat mission, Fields catapulted off the USS America, flew to Laos, dropped his bombs in the midst of an enemy trap and was shot down. Streetcar describes his last tearful farewell night at home with his wife, his tracer ridden bomb runs and a last moment ejection. Cringe when he describes being shot at while floating down in his parachute. Ride along in the cockpit of two rescue pilots as enemy tracers zoom upward and shoot each one down. Feel your heart skip a beat as Streetcar and one Air Force pilot separately evade numerous close encounters with Phatet Lao guerillas, are nearly killed time and again by friendly bombs, and deal with the stress of jungle animals and lack of sleep. Suffer with his wife when she receives word that he is down, fate unknown, and then describes her own forty hours of suspense. Relate to the pilots who are ordered to make one final rescue attempt. Shed a tear with Streetcar when one rescuer is captured by the enemy. Experience the final harrowing rescue attempt during which Fields is wounded by a friendly bomb.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591142713
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 652,540
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Kenny Wayne Fields flew 139 combat missions in the A-7 during two combat tours in Vietnam and served as a flight instructor and as the active duty officer in charge of a reserve A-4L and A-7B squadron. After 22 years he retired from the Navy with 3,350 flight hours and 475 carrier landings. A native of West Virginia, he now lives in North Carolina
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Table of Contents

1 Farewell, My Love 1

2 First Day of Combat 6

3 Pilots, Man Your Planes 14

4 Feet Dry, Hello Nail 66 22

5 First Bomb Run 31

6 Eject, Eject 40

7 Face to Face with the Enemy 49

8 Chattering Teeth 61

9 First Rescue Attempt 77

10 Sandy 7's Running Gun Battle 95

11 First Night on the Ground 110

12 Midnight Hike 123

13 Mysterious Teepees and Voices 131

14 The Monkey Tree 144

15 Sandy Takes a Hit 155

16 Sad News for the Wife 171

17 Leopards and Tigers 184

18 Valley of Death 198

19 The Bad Guys Chase Me 216

20 Nail 69 Enters the Game 229

21 Morning, Day Three 240

22 Fast-Movers Hammer the Guns 250

23 Jolly to the Rescue 260

24 Celebration at NKP 280

Epilogue 285

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  • Posted September 3, 2014

    Great book. The story is amazing. Being an avid reader of mili

    Great book. The story is amazing. Being an avid reader of military non-fiction, I have read excellent and average books and this is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading military non-fiction. Real heroes, real danger. Very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2007

    Amazing Story of Survival

    After anxiously awaiting my pre-ordered copy, it finally arrived. Once I began reading it, I didn't want to put it down. It is an intriguing book from beginning to end. Kenny did a great job in telling his amazing story of survival. I think it would make a good movie. Definitely the best book I've read lately. I was so impressed that I purchased two more copies to give away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2007

    Tchepone, Laos, 1968!

    If Americans ever get interested enough to wonder what their warriors endure, it is my fervent hope they'll pick up this book! It should be required reading for ALL highschool students, and a copy should be donated to local highschool libraries by interested readers. I certainly intend to do just that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2007

    Outstanding story!!

    This is an amazing story that you'll want to read more than once. Fields and the rescue pilots narrowly escaped death or capture on numerous occasions in those forty hours - you won't believe many of the events that are masterfully described in this book. Makes a great Father's Day gift or summer reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

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    What a book! To me the acid test was, 'Would I find this book interesting even if I wasn't mentioned in it?' The answer is a resounding 'Yes!'. Kenny has done a masterful job of weaving together the thoughts and actions of all the various principal characters--quite a feat by itself. Read the book. You will feel yourself evading the enemy as you wonder why it is taking so long for the rescue forces to arrive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

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    Very good descriptive writing. The Author puts you right beside him in the jungle and you are hiding from the enemy along with him. You keep reading and reading. It is so hard to put the book down. I'm midway in my second reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2007

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    One of the few 'can't put it down' books you will have a chance to read. The author does a remarkable job of telling a story and you will be left with the anticipation of Kenny Fields next book. Can a movie be far behind? The Rescue of Streetcar 304 should be at the top of your shopping list.

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