Bruce Mennella Vietnam War Collection

Title

Bruce Mennella Vietnam War Collection

Description

The Bruce Mennella Vietnam War Collection relates to the 1968-1972 military service of Mennella, an Air Intelligence Officer in Naval Fighter Squadron 114 (VF-114), nicknamed "Aardvark Squadron." The collection is comprised primarily of photographic materials, including seventy-seven (77) aerial reconnaissance photographs of Vietnam and Laos, circa 1971-1972; one hundred forty-nine (149) photographs taken or collected by Mennella and his squadron mates during their military service, circa 1968-1972; and twenty-six (26) photographs of the Blue Angels performing at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show, circa 1970-1971. The photos depict military life, operations, personnel, and aircraft. Locations include Vietnam, Laos, Japan, and Hong Kong.

The collection also contains a small amount of ephemera, such as a decal for the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School and pages from a Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper, May 9, 1972. Also included is a 48-page booklet titled “Summer of ‘71” that contains inside jokes and comics related to a Vietnam-era combat tour.

Date

1968-1972

Creator

Mennella, Bruce, 1946-

Language

English

Rights Holder

The Museum of Flight Archives

Rights

Permission to publish material from the Bruce Mennella Vietnam War Collection must be obtained from The Museum of Flight Archives.

Bibliographic Citation

The Bruce Mennella Vietnam War Collection/The Museum of Flight

Identifier

2017-04-07

Collection Organization

Collection Items

[Grumman A-6 Intruder on USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)]
Photograph of a Grumman A-6 Intruder aircraft (nose number 502) of the United States Navy, parked on the deck of the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), circa 1971-1972. A group of men is gathered in the foreground.

[Ready room on USS Kitty Hawk]
Photograph of two unidentified men sitting in a ready room on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), circa 1971-1972.

[Aerial view of Junk ship]
Oblique aerial photograph of a Junk ship of the North Vietnamese Army, circa 1969-1972.Inscription on verso: "North Viet Junks."

[Aerial view of USS Kitty Hawk]
Oblique aerial photograph of the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), circa 1971-1972.

[Aerial view of Phù Đổng, Vietnam]
Oblique aerial photograph of a McDonnell RF-4C Phantom II aircraft of the United States Navy in flight over Phù Đổng, Vietnam, circa 1971-1972. Labels note the locations of the aircraft, the village, and an incoming SA-2 Guideline missile.

[Aerial view of highway in Laos]
Aerial photograph of two trucks near a highway in Laos, February 23, 1971. Image taken by Reconnaissance Attack Squadron 6 (RVAH-6) of the United States Navy.

[SA-2 Guideline missile in flight]
Photograph of a SA-2 Guideline missile in flight over Vietnam, March 1, 1971. Image taken by Reconnaissance Attack Squadron 6 (RVAH-6) of the United States Navy.

[Aerial view of Dien Chau railroad bridge]
Aerial photograph of the Dien Chau railroad bridge in Vietnam after an aerial bombing, March 6, 1972. Image taken by Attack Squadron 192 (VA-192) of the United States Navy.

[Aerial view of highway in Laos]
Aerial photograph of a highway in Ban Kathang, Laos, March 11, 1971. Image taken by Reconnaissance Attack Squadron 6 (RVAH-6) of the United States Navy.

[Aerial view of Quang Lang Air Base, Vietnam]
Aerial photograph of the Quang Lang Air Base in Vietnam during an aerial bombing, April 22, 1971. Image taken by Reconnaissance Attack Squadron 6 (RVAH-6) of the United States Navy.
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