Low Level Hell - Hugh L. Mills, Jr.

Low Level Hell

By Hugh L. Mills, Jr.

  • Release Date: 2000-08-08
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 86 Ratings


The aeroscouts of the 1st Infantry Division had three words emblazoned on their unit patch: Low Level Hell. It was then and continues today as the perfect concise definition of what these intrepid aviators experienced as they ranged the skies of Vietnam from the Cambodian border to the Iron Triangle. The Outcasts, as they were known, flew low and slow, aerial eyes of the division in search of the enemy. Too often for longevity’s sake they found the Viet Cong and the fight was on. These young pilots (19-22 years old) “invented” the book as they went along.

Praise for Low Level Hell

“An absolutely splendid and engrossing book. The most compelling part is the accounts of his many air-to-ground engagements. There were moments when I literally held my breath.”—Dr. Charles H. Cureton, Chief Historian, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine (TRADOC) Command

Low Level Hell is the best ‘bird’s eye view’ of the helicopter war in Vietnam in print today. No volume better describes the feelings from the cockpit. Mills has captured the realities of a select group of aviators who shot craps with death on every mission.”—R.S. Maxham, Director, U.S. Army Aviation Museum


  • A real view of the Vietnam aircwar

    By Texmextom
    Excellent read. One of the first realistic looks at the Vietnam war from the eyes of a helicopter pilot.
  • Low Level Hell

    By Gimphd
    Great read. While they were sent to Vietnam for the wrong reason, the courage these guys show is beyond words.
  • Low Level Hell Review

    By Tracer.
    Amazing account of helicopter air war in Vietnam.
  • I couldn’t put it down!

    By Flyingpig1972
    One of the best helicopter war books I’ve read.
  • Great Book

    By ChessUhappy
    It's very well written. Action packed and gut wrenching combat stories.
  • Must read

    By Burgalmyturds
    A must read for military pilots. Excellent.
  • Down Low Hell

    By Ejohns93
    Good book if you were around for the Vietnam war. Gives you in site to the nature of that war and the courage of our military.
  • Wow

    By Aviator Q
    Even as a brand new scout pilot I can see the lessons taught at Rucker were learned and perfected through the endeavors and he'll endured by my predecessors. I will always have the deepest respect and admiration for those to whom I owe my training to. Thank you for your service. -EliSamuel Quinones