Wings of Denial — the Alabama Air National Guard’s covert role at the Bay of Pigs — book review
Wings of Denial — the Alabama Air National Guard’s covert role at the Bay of Pigs
I first became curious about the link relating the Alabama Air National Guard and the Bay of Pigs battle when I saw the badge pictured below on the stele of the Bay of Pigs Invasion Memorial located at the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. Select the Bay of Pigs category selection to see the posts on this memorial, its aircraft and record of people who served as well as perished.
The search led me to one of many books: Wings of Denial — the Alabama Air National Guard’s covert role at the Bay of Pigs, Warren Trest and Donald Dodd, 2001, ISBN 1-55838-021-1, 160 pp.
This book is concise and well done. Photos, annotated bibliography which is candid, and coherent text explain the accomplishments of these personnel from the Alabama ANG as well as why. The author gets into the raw human motivations of these men and why they fought when they were not supposed to fight — more than volunteering they stepped up though they would not be acknowledged by their government. This book should be read to understand the strategy of air power on a tactical scale, logistics of training, and the potential of a small group of dedicated professionals.