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A cool little "war story" from the Korean War

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I was re-reading "Crimson Sky: The Air Battle for Korea" by John Bruning and came across this little gem about an unorthodox way to attack ground vehicles...

Although the 3rd Bomb Wing had a long history of tree-top level attacks-during WWII, it had flown strafer versions of the Douglas A-20 Havoc and North American B-25 Mitchell - it had little experience with nighttime attacks on truck convoys. In February 1951, the wing began to experiment with various ways to halt road traffic. One idea was to drop nails at key crossroads in the hopes the passing trucks would suffer tire punctures. The damaged trucks would probably be immobile for several hours, making them vulnerable to fighter-bomber attacks after dawn. That same month, the wing launched Operation Tack.

Using 2 C-47s, the wing dropped no fewer than eight tons of roofing nails along four main roads south of Pyongyang. To make their drops as accurate as possible, the C-47 pilots dropped down to less than twenty feet off the roads. Major Robert V. Spencer nearly collided with three North Korean tanks flying down his assigned road.

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Luckily, the other five C-47s did not have such adventures while dumping their nails and they returned home safely. By the next morning, the nails had trapped twenty-eight vehicles, all of which were destroyed in short order by fighter-bombers.

The Air Force felt that it was uneconomical to drop 8 tons of nails for just 28 vehicles and the nail idea was abandoned. The AF then developed a little object that looked like a child's jack, with hollow points. These were successful enough that the North Koreans switched to solid tires and mounted brooms on the front of their lead trucks.

;D Good stuff.

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     Now that was a cool story. Stop them and the ground attack fighters will do the rest.........In the morning.

           

          Now fast forward to Vietnam.   The trucks only moved at night so the AC-119K was developed, My father was the weapons officer/door gunner. He stood in the door on the left side of the plane looking through  a night scope/target locator . The 6 Gatling guns mounted on the left side ( 2 20mm Vulcan cannons and 4 .50cal mini guns ) turned trucks in to swiss cheese. They also helped supress night attacks . They only flew at night. He never talks about it, it stays with him even to this day.

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Flippin,

Puff the Magic Dragon?

That's what we called the gatling guns.

Extremely impressive to see them at night.  :)

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I saw the aftermath of an A-10 Warthog's gatling gun.......complete mayhem.

Falcon

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