Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Darrel D. Whitcomb Collection
Forward Air Controller Association
Collection Number
0.1 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Processed by
M. Ford, Mar. 2006

Scope and Content

The Darrel Whitcomb Collection consists of one book titled The Rescue of Bat 21 written by Darrel Whitcomb. The book documents the rescue story behind enemy lines just south of the DMZ in South Vietnam in April 1972.

Biographical Note

Darrel D. Whitcomb is a 1969 graduate of the Air Force Academy. He served three tours in Southeast Asia as a cargo pilot and forward air controller in the OV-10 and O-1. He flew combat over South and North Vietnam, Laos, and Combodia until the last day in 1973, earning a Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and numerous other medals. Still active in the Air Force Reserve, he is currently a captain for Delta Airlines. He lives with his wife and children in Fairfax, Virginia.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Separated Materials

The Rescue of Bat 21 by Darrel D. Whitcomb (signed by author).