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Vietnam

This section is dedicated to the Vietnam Air War and especially the Prisoners of War. This is a special collecting interest of mine because I was there and because many of my friends and colleagues were KIA, MIA or POW in air combat.

  • Brass "River Rat" Plaque - circa 1967/72

    SKU: 21-V-1

     Classic Vietnam RF-4 brass plaque from the Vietnam Air Wr, 11.5x6.5" embossed with "Yea though I fly through The Red River Valley I fear no evil for a clean RF-4 is a fast son of a bitch."  The RF-4 pilots had a particularly rough time because they were low-level photo aircraft flying into heavily defended areas of North Vietnam.  This brass plaque would have been mounted on a nice wooden back which is missing; an easy job to restore it to original.  Very good; not polished. SOLD

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    21-V-1
  • 56th Special Operations Wing Manual 55-14, CH-3 (Helicopter) Aircrew Operational Procedures

    SKU: 19-PILOT-26

     Important operations manual for the CH-3 (Jolly Green) helicopter unit stationed at Nakhom Phanom Royal Thai Air Base during the Vietnam War.  The flying unit was the 21st Special Operations Squadron, "Dust Devils".  This 8 1/2 x 11" typed and stapled mimeo manual carries the date 1 October 1968, right in the midst of the escallating war.  There are 48pp with 15 illustrations.  The 21st had a unique and dangerous mission of deploying sensors along the Ho Chi Min Trail.  Signals were relayed to ground listening units to provide intel for air strikes.  Manual also contains procedures for air drop of special forces parachutists, flare drops, infiltration/exfiltrations, etc.  Excellent condition...likely unread by many crew members since it contains state-side-like restrictions not followed in war time! SOLD

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    19-PILOT-26
  • Vietnam Air War Pilot Checklist - CH-3C Jolly Green

    SKU: 19-PILOT-10

     Combat-used pilot checklist from my dear friend and colleague Glenn Coleman who served as a Jolly Green pilot flying from Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand.  The basic checklist on yellow paper is present in the binder but it is the other added items that are exciting: 1) List of frequencies of various sites in Thailand and Laos, 2) Aircraft numbers and gross weights of the aircraft in the unit, 3) List of nav and comm frequencies of bases in Thailand and Laos, 4) Flare timing charts, 5) Passenger brief lists to include hostile areas, 6) Armament firing checklists, 6) Six page gunner's checklist, 7) Last-but-not-least, a Figmosity Chart in units of micro givashits!  All housed in traditional blue vinyl USAF checklist binder.  In combat-used condition.  A seldom offered Vietnam War relic from a decorated combat helicopter pilot.

    Price: $85.00
    $85.00
    19-PILOT-10
  • FOX TWO - Signed by First Vietnam Ace

    SKU: 19-V-2

     Cunningham, Randy "Duke" and Jeff Ethell.  Fox Two, The Story of America's first Ace in Vietnam.  Champlin Fighter Museum, Mesa AZ, 1984.  161pp, illus, wrps, 6x9".  Signed by Duke on title page above his image in the cockpit of an F-4. About VG, one spot of color loss above MIG on front cover (likely from price sticker removal).  Important memoir of one of the three Vietnam aces.  Later elected to Congress and then off to prison...surely a colorful character!

    Price: $45.00
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    19-V-2
  • Vietnam War Era Blood Chit - 1968

    SKU: 19-UN-1

    Cloth blood chit, 10"w x 20"h, 14 languages, published by the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center, USAF, St. Louis, MO, April 1961.  Lithographed by WHG, Oct 1968.  Carries a stock number of XM-6-1-1 with Southeast Asia-West Central Pacific below in printed text on the lower right corner.  Serial numbered: 76884S.  As new, unused. SOLD

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    19-UN-1
  • Home with Honor - USAF POWs

    SKU: 19-V-2

    Special yearbook-like volume dedicated to returning US Air Force Vietnam POWs.  Published by the 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, 1976 and sponsored by countless San Antonio business leaders.  120pp, leatherette covers, this volume has engraved brass gift plate to Gen R.E. Dougherty, commander of Strategic Air Command (SAC).  This is a very rare and unusual volume that commemorates the "last flight" of those USAF pilots shot down in North Vietnam and returned in 1973.  The Air Force did a classy thing by bringing the POWs to Randolph AFB to "complete their last flight during which they were shot down".  Each page has a large photo of each POW and his Freedom Call Sign with their instructor pilot at the end of their T-38 flight, complete with a bottle of champagne, of course.  A several page forward is a pictorial story of Operation Homecoming from the flight from Hanoi to freedom with families.  At the end of the volume is a section on the first reunion of the 4th Allied POW Wing which included a visit by President Reagan.  I have reason to believe these were printed in small numbers for the POWs, their T-38 pilots and a few important supporters.

    Price: $150.00
    $150.00
    19-V-2
  • Signed Print - Russian Korean War Ace Yevgeny Pepelyayev

    SKU: 19-POST-5

    Large color print by well-known artist John Ficklen, signed by him and Russian Ace Yevgeny Pepelyayev.  Ficklin shows Pepelyayev's favorite MIG-15 number 325 in profile; Pepelyayev is credited with 19 victories over US pilots in Korea.  He was awarded the "Golden Star Hero of the Soviet Union"; their highest military honor.  Below Ficklen's signature the print is numbered "AP 21/50", assumed to be an artist's proof, print number 21 of a run of 50.  The image size is 18 x 14" which is archivally matted to 23 x 19".  A note with the print indicates it was sponsored by the USAF Air Command and Staff Foundation, Maxwell AFB, AL.  The USAF ACSC is well known for their sponsoring of the wonderful Gather of Eagles prints signed by famous aviators and astronauts.  This print is mint and encased in shrinkwrap.  A lovely signed print in a very small run.

    Price: $225.00
    $225.00
    19-POST-5
  • Original Vietnam POW News Photo - 1972

    SKU: 19-V-1

     Large 11 x 14" press photo.  Press release information included in the photo (not on a separate paper) reads:
    "Hanoi June 29--MONITORED IN WARSAW-- This radiophoto from Hanoi was monitored in Warsaw Thursday with the following caption:  A press conference was held this evening by the press and information department of the DRVN foreign ministery to denounce the Nixon Administration's new escalation of bombing against North Vietnam.  Fourteen of the U.S. pilots captured in the past three months in various parts of North Vietnam were shown to Vietnamese and Foreign pressmen.  AP Wirephoto via cable from Warsaw)(lsk51650pw) 1972  EDS: No identification of pilots was provided."  Photo is mounted on light card stock with some flaws on the front and light water staining on the reverse.  Generally good condition.

    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
    19-V-1
  • Robin Olds - Signed Photo

    SKU: 18-P-00007

    B & W 8x10" photo of WWII ace Robin Olds in his P-47.  Signed in ink upper right "Robin Olds/C.O. 434th FS/13 victories 44-45".  Nicely matted and framed with engraved plate at the bottom "ROBIN OLDS/WWII ACE".  Certificate of authenticity in poly sleeve on the reverse.

    Price: $145.00
    $145.00
    18-P-00007
  • Fooks - Prisoners of War [WWI]

    SKU: 18-B-00002

    Fooks, Herbert C.  Prisoners of War.  J.W. Stowell, Federalsburg, MD, 1924.  456pp, illus (some graphic), roster of POWs by state in the appendix.  SIGNED by author under his photo.  A scholarly work by a prominent lawyer and DSC winner in WWI.  Very good condition.  Quite rare, especially signed (only one other on book sites).  Very good with mylar slip cover.

    Price: $130.00
    $130.00
    18-B-00002