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The Battle Against the U-Boat in the American Theater

The Battle Against the U-Boat in the American Theater

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DISTRIBUTION
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Introduction
In
1942
theAlliedpowers
faced the
most
serious
challenge
to
their
control
of
the
seas
encountered
in the
Second
World
War:
the menace
of
the
U-boat.
Fast,
well-armed,
and
long-ranged,
Hitler's
submarines
attacked
shipping
throughout
the
North
Atlantic,oftenwithinsight
of
America's
coastaltowns
and cities.
Eventually,
the
combination
of
intelligence,land
andsea-
based
air
power,
and surface
vesseloperationsfrom
bothNorth
American
and
British
basesended
this
threat,making
possible
theAlliedbuild-up
for
the
invasion
of
Europe
in
1944.
This
booklet,
by
A.
Timothy
Warnock
of
the
Air
Force
HistoricalResearchAgency,
is
one
of
a
seriestracingselected
Army
Air
Forcesactivities
in
the Second
WorldWar.
It
describes
the
Army
Air
Forces'contribution
tothe
Battle
of
the
Atlanticfrom
the
American
Theater.
A
subsequentbooklet
will
examinethe campaign
in
the easternAtlantic
and
the
Mediterranean.Flyingradar-equippedlong-rangepatrolplanes,
AAF
airmendemonstrated
the
value
of
land-based
air
poweragainst
navalthreats.
This
successhas
been reaffirmedconsistently
since
the Second
WorldWar,
from
Vietnam
and
crises
such
as
the
Mayaguez
incident
to
operations
in
Desert
Shield
and
Desert
Storm.The Harpoon-armedB-52s
of
our present-dayglobalAir Force
are
the
heirs
of
a
sea-
controltraditiondating
tothe
AAF's
A-29s
and
B-24s
of
the
Second
World
War.
RichardP. HallionAirForce
Historian
20050429
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