Lt. Col. John W. Caldwell, USAF (Ret); Author: Bless ‘Em All

“…a long overdue tribute to the Air Rescue Service and particularly for these airmen whose bravery, airmanship and dedication to life saving duty is unsurpassed in military history.”
Lt. Col. John Caldwell, USAF-Ret

Captain Tracy Connors has presented a remarkably accurate picture of the courage and dedication of those pilots and airmen who risked and sometimes gave their lives that others may live during the Korean War. At the same time he has also identified and described some of the shortcomings of Air Force leaders and the chain of command at that time who lacked adequate knowledge of rotary wing capabilities and potential–a relatively new branch of aviation. Those of us fortunate enough to have participated in the combat rescue of downed airmen live for the rest of our lives with a sense of gratitude that we were graced with that very rare opportunity.

The loss of any American warrior in the service of his or her country is a tragedy to all of us and most painfully to their loved ones. The author has captured both the pride and the distressing sorrow felt by families when they realize their warriors will not be returning home to the hero’s welcome they so richly deserve. Baited Trap is a long overdue tribute to the Air Rescue Service and particularly for these airmen whose bravery, airmanship and dedication to life saving duty is unsurpassed in military history.

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