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Author Winchester, Jim, author

Title Broken arrow : how the U.S. Navy lost a nuclear bomb / Jim Winchester
Published Havertown, PA, USA : Casemate Publishers, 2019


Description 1 online resource (viii, 4 unnumbered, 271 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Eve of Destruction -- 2. Looking for the Sky to Save Me -- 3. We are the Champions -- 4. The Big T -- 5. Shore Leave -- 6. All Day and All of the Night -- 7. In the Middle of Nowhere -- 8. Enquiry in Yokosuka -- 9. Day Tripper -- 10. Hope and Prayer -- 11. Keep on Running -- 12. Homeward Bound -- 13. Big in Japan -- 14. Cover- up -- 15. Fade Away and Radiate
Summary On December 5, 1965, no flying was scheduled from aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga, which was cruising from the Yankee Station toward Japan. Although Ticonderoga was fighting a real conflict and losing men in conventional warfare, the ship's primary mission was Cold War nuclear combat with the Communist bloc. That day, during the course of a weapons-loading drill and simulated mission, Douglas Webster and his armed A-4 Skyhawk toppled overboard. A young pilot from Ohio, Webster was newly married and with 17 combat missions under his belt. The loss of the bomber, the pilot and the live B43 one-megaton thermonuclear bomb was a major incident, and one that should have been investigated immediately. But instead a cover-up mission began. Though the crew was ordered to stay quiet, rumors circulated of sabotage, a damaged weapon and a troublesome pilot who needed "disposing of." The incident, a "Broken Arrow" in the parlance of the Pentagon, was kept under wraps for a quarter of a century. In the late 1980s, researchers discovered archived documents that disclosed the true location of the carier, hundreds of miles closer to land than admitted. Emerging in 1989, this information caused a diplomatic incident, as the public - and Webster's family - learned that the United States had violated agreements not to bring nuclear weapons into Japan. Broken Arrow tells the story of Ticonderoga's sailors and airmen, the dangers of combat missions and shipboard life, and the accident that threatened to wipe her off the map and blow American-Japanese relations apart
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Webster, Douglas Morey, 1941-1965.
SUBJECT Webster, Douglas Morey, 1941-1965 fast
Subject Ticonderoga (Antisubmarine warfare support aircraft carrier) -- History
SUBJECT Ticonderoga (Antisubmarine warfare support aircraft carrier) fast
Subject Nuclear weapons -- Accidents -- United States -- History
Cold War -- History
Aircraft accidents.
Accidents, Aviation
Aircraft accidents
Military relations
Nuclear weapons -- Accidents
SUBJECT United States -- History -- 1961-1969.
Communist countries -- History
United States -- Military relations -- Japan
Subject Communist countries
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781612006925