Hensell, Ron, Capt

Aircrew
 
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USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Captain
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1535B-Navigator
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1970, 1535B, 13th Air Force
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
1525Z-Navigator-Bombardier
Service Years
1965 - 1971
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Captain

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  1967-1968, 1525Z, 13th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical

First Lieutenant
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- / 1967
To Month/Year
- / 1968
Unit
13th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical Unit Page
Rank
First Lieutenant
MOS
1525Z-Navigator-Bombardier
Location
Clark AB
Country/State
Philippines
   
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 13th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical Details

13th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical
Type
Combat - Bomber Units
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Parent Unit
Bombardment Units
Strength
Air Squadron
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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2019
   
Memories For This Unit

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The Mission
During the Vietnam War, the B-57 was chosen  as the first jet aircraft to strike North Vietnam.  Its long range and loiter capability with a large payload made it the logical choice as the "Night Intruder" for interdiction on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.  The use of fire bombs, hard bombs up to 1000 pounds, 20 millimeter and 50 caliber guns made the B-57 a formidable weapons delivery system against the transfer of supplies through Laos and Cambodia into South Vietnam.  With the aid of C-130's, OV-10's and Ov-2 aircraft as Forward Air Controllers (FAC), the B-57 was the most effective system used against transporting war goods into South Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia.
The Eighth and Thirteenth Tactical Bomb Squadrons (8TBS, 13TBS) stationed at Clark Air Base, Philippines initially launched sorties from Bien Hoa.   Later, Danang Air Base near the DMZ became the base of operations.  The final station was Phan Rang  (Happy Valley) where the 8TBS, as the oldest continuously operating bomb squadron in the Air Force (World War I), continued the mission until 1969.
The pilot was responsible for the 250 knot dive run and bomb release, but the back seat navigator was a second pair of eyes, spotter, observer, navigator and radio operator.  On the pullout, the aircraft and crew were under a four "g" stress without the use of special equipment.  Several crews were lost in midair collisions, target fixation and ground fire during the night missions.  The most sophisticated piece of equipment in the aircraft was the rheostat which lighted the manually operated bomb sight.
Aircrews who flew early missions into North Vietnam wore the DOOM PUSSY (Danang Officers' Open Mess) patch.  The DOOM PUSSY was turned to the wall each night until the crews returned. The words in Vietnamese mean, "I have flown into the jaws of the Cat of Death".  Later all crews who participated in the night missions wore the insignia. 
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7 Members Also There at Same Time
13th Bombardment Squadron, Tactical

Andersen, Martin Weigner, Maj, (1953-1967) 158 1585A Major
Secanti, Richard Michael, Maj, (1955-1967) 111 1115A Major
Flanary, Larry, SSgt, (1964-1968) 431 43151C Staff Sergeant
West, Peter, MSgt, (1956-1977) 431 43171C Staff Sergeant
Ezelle, Jerry, Airman, (1967-1968) 431 43131C Airman
Cooper, George Grady, Maj, (1945-1967) 111 Captain
Colley, Richard, TSgt, (1949-1970) Technical Sergeant

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