In June of 1967, a special unit of volunteer, combat experienced pilots began flying special missions over Vietnam. Their call sign was “Misty”. Their mission was to fly low and fast, identifying and marking enemy targets in Laos and North Vietnam. The job was extremely dangerous – nearly a quarter of these pilots were shot down at least once. Ross Detwiler flew 72 “Misty” missions, was shot down once and awarded three Distinguished Flying Cross citations.
Zach Morris is the Editor in Chief of “LST Scuttlebutt”, the quarterly magazine newsletter of the US Landing Ship Tank (LST) Association. His book sheds light on the heroic role that landing craft played in World War II through the experiences of his grandfather Stephen Ganzberger.