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Guest post by Roy Martin, F-4 Phantom Combat Pilot
During a conversation with Bill Scott, he asked about my most memorable F-4 combat mission. I immediately responded with a recounting of my first combat mission to a target over the heavily defended area of Hanoi, during Operation Linebacker I in 1972. It’s a story I was hesitant to relate, since it involved an inadvertent bomb release. But every combat story comes with a lesson-learned, experience that needs to be passed on to the next generation. Bill wanted to capture the story in a new book project. I agreed, then pointed Bill to several other Vietnam War pilots, each having fascinating combat experiences that needed to be told, as well. Many thanks to Bill Scott for his great efforts to collect these true and exciting stories and weave them into an excellent book, entitled “Combat Contrails: Vietnam”. From those of us who were involved in the Vietnam War, Thank You, Bill Scott, for sharing our memories!