100 Missions North: A Fighter Pilot's Story of the Vietnam War
by Ken Bell
In 100 Missions North, Ken Bell recounts the harrowing sorties that he and his comrades flew in F-105 Thunderchiefs, the famous "Thud", in 1966-67, when pilots faced a 50 percent loss rate. What was it like to face these odds day after day? We learn that men sustained by faith in each other and joined by the unique bonds of combat can overcome anxiety, fear, and even terro...more
(first published March 31st 1993)
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Apr 06, 2011 Terri rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I really, truly wanted to give this book 4 stars. I had a genuine like for the author and his story, and I do think it is a highly underrated book. I know it doesn't sound underrated with only 3 stars, but it is true. For me it had ebbs and flows. For ten pages it would be great, and then for ten pages it would be dull and too much daily life at Takhli airbase or running around to other bases and places. If the author had sliced some of this dull daily rigmarole from the book then I think that w...more
Nov 22, 2012 Jesper Jorgensen rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
It is - and always will be - impossible for me to really understand how it was to got on a mission to Hanoi and route package VI A. So all I can relate to is how these pilots stories are presented. And Mr. Bells account on his 100 missions against North Vietnam do not get the same grip on me as e.g. Ed Rasimus and Jack Broughton. (For various reasons) But it still amazes me that pilots went in there at all. But it must be a tribute to the discipline and strong sense of duty an honor held by the...more
Jan 17, 2014 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
100 Missions North was gripping in that Bell was able to describe air battles so well. Bell was honest about his emotions which gives the reader an insight on how it was for Bell. There were times I felt I was in the cockpit with him. If you have enjoyed Jack Broughton or Ed Rasimus' books then 100 Missions is a good suggestion. Bell flew with Broughton and has a good take on him. This worth the read for anyone interested in the Vietnam Air War.