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A Hundred Feet Over Hell

Flying with the Men of the 220th Recon Airplane Company Over I Corps and the DMZ, Vietnam 1968-1969

By Jim Hooper

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Format: Paperback, 280 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 15 February 2015
A Hundred Feet Over Hell is the story of a handful of young pilots taking extraordinary risks to support those on the ground. Flying over Vietnam in two-seater Cessnas, they often made the difference between a soldier returning alive to his family or having the lonely sound of "Taps" played over his grave. Based on extensive interviews, and often in the men's own words, A Hundred Feet Over Hell puts the reader in the plane as this intrepid band of U.S. Army aviators calls in fire support for the soldiers and marines of I Corps.

About the Author

Jim Hooper is a war correspondent and author. Wounded twice while covering Africa as a freelance journalist and photographer, he has reported on wars in Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, and Uganda. He is equally familiar with the Balkans, filing dispatches from Bosnia (where he was captured by Muslim fundamentalists and escaped execution only by extraordinary good luck), Croatia, and Montenegro. His most recent book was Bloodsong! Firsthand Accounts of a Modern Private Army in Action: Angola 19931995. The younger brother of a wounded veteran of the 220th RAC, he lives in London.


I flew A-4 Skyhawks out of Chu Lai, and then Bird Dogs with the VMO-6 Fingerprints at Quang Tri for the second half of my tour. You have done a magnificent job of presenting the deadly environment we all faced on a daily basis. I can't thank you enough for telling the story of the "Catkillers," because it is the story of not only about them, but everyone who flew in I Corps. Your book is outstanding." Jim Lawrence, LTCOL"[A Hundred Feet Over Hell] shows us the sheer guts, ingenuity, compassion, and humor of those who serve in defense of freedom [It s]a tribute to the Catkillers...and the thousands who follow in their footsteps, warriors all -- old and new!" Brigadier General Robert H. Holmes USAF"

EAN: 9780760349519
ISBN: 0760349517
Publisher: Zenith Press
Dimensions: 21.34 x 13.97 x 2.29 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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