From: Tucson, AZ
For you guys that are wondering when TOAW IV's patch is coming out let me just say, appropriate of nothing at all, that the new WITE2 is out. I'm just saying.....
Speaking of pulling the pin out of the grenade....did I ever tell you guys about the time some of the FAC pilots I knew made their own bombs. They somehow appropriated some hand grenades from the Army [ AOL's usually two or more platoons for security ] and some Mason jars from the mess hall and what they would do is pull the pin on the grenade and slip it into the Mason jar so that the spoon won't arm the grenade, put the lid on the jar and store the jar in a cardboard box that was usually sitting where the co-pilot would have sat, strapped in by the seat belt. All he had to do is open his window grab one of the jars and launch it at the appropriate time. The jar would break on impact and shortly thereafter the grenade would detonate. Some of us helped out making those bombs so they would have spares. It's enough to keep you busy for about half of your 12-hour shift.
When the FAC pilots returned from their sortie they would have written on the windows in grease pencil: ground coordinates for enemy sightings and/or friendly forces, call signs of the main people involved, weapons loadouts for arriving ground support aircraft, frequencies for the various participants, any notes from sightings on the ground, etc. That information was considered TOP SECRET as it applied to ongoing operations involving friendly forces so we had to insure that there were no foreigners around faking being busy like sweeping the dirt out of the revetment because you can't be too sure about who is on your side and who isn't.
< Message edited by larryfulkerson -- 5/6/2021 2:37:36 AM >
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