As the conflict in Vietnam intensified, the US looked for new ways to bring its firepower to bear on North Vietnam. The huge B-52 strategic bomber which until then had been dedicated to a nuclear role, was converted to carry conventional weapons and in 1965 deployed to Guan and Thailand to begin Operation Arc Light. From 1965 - 1970, the Third Air Division was responsible for all Strategic Air Command operations in the Pacific, including those aircraft providing vital support to ground troops in Vietnam as part of Arc Light. And this bag belonged to one of those high altitude cold war warriors. Named to Richard Dechance, a navigator and future instructor who flew with the 3rd Air Division likely around 1969-70.
The large central patch represents the Third Air Division itself, and within this the Asian Dragon represents the 4133rd Bomb Wing, the Arc Light (red T shape) represents the 4258th Strategic Wing, and the Japanese Temple represents the 4252nd Strategic Wing. The other patches include the flags of the US, Thailand, South Vietnam and Guan, plus the ever present (and slight subversive) Snoopy Red Baron, a persistent motif from Vietnam!
This is is good used condition, but has no damage and perfect for use.
- Approx 18" x 18"