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Blimps and U-boats U.S. Navy airships in the battle of the Atlantic by J. Gordon Vaeth

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Published by Naval Institute Press in Annapolis, Md .
Written in English


  • United States. -- Navy -- Aviation -- History.,
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American.,
  • Airships -- History.,
  • Anti-submarine warfare -- History.,
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, German.,
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations -- Submarine.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementJ. Gordon Vaeth..
LC ClassificationsD790
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL21932886M
ISBN 101557508763

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Blimps & U-Boats: U.S. Navy Airships in the Battle of the Atlantic. by J. Gordon Vaeth. This book skips very quickly on the first days of USN airships, just to give an overview of the previous experiences and focuses on the WW2 years. By the way, I'm very fond of experiments and developments in airships from WW1 thru the '30 /5. If you would like to read more about the role of lighter-than-aircraft in World War II, please read “Blimps and U-boats: U.S. Navy Airships in the Battle of the Atlantic” by J. Gordon Vaeth. Blimps & U-boats U.S. Navy Airships in the Battle of the Atlantic. By Vaeth, J. Gordon , United States Naval Inst. ISBN pages. Descripton: Describes the use of blimps for convoy patrol and anti-submarine work by the USN during World War II. A close-quarters slugfest between a U.S. Navy blimp and a German U-boat lit up the sea and sky off the Florida coast on the night of J , and produced moments of remarkable heroism by American sailors.. The German adversary was the Type VIIC U-boat U, a foot, ton (surfaced) raider that had once torpedoed a German merchant ship by mistake but was now on her seventh war.

Metal rigid airships. ZMC-2, a metalclad-airship built by the Aircraft Development Corp - (scrapped); Fabric-clad rigid airships (ZR-1) Shenandoah - (lost due to structural failure in line squalls) (see below) - (lost due to control inputs far in excess of structural strength). The pressure maintained by airships against German U-boats forced the introduction of the Snorkel, which is when some would say the German U-boats became a true submarine. LTA blimp squadrons continued in the U.S. Navy after World War II at an ever decreasing level .   When blimps did attack, they typically used depth charges. • During the course of the war, U.S. Navy blimps provided cover to an estima convoy vessels. Only one ship under the protection of navy dirigibles was ever sunk by a U-boat — an oil tanker named the Persephone. • Similarly, only one U.S. Navy blimp was ever lost in combat. Blimps from a station at Elizabeth City searched for U-boats from high above, while private yachts and sailboats with two-way radios were sent out into the ocean to patrol and harass German warships. The military set up top-secret submarine listening and tracking facilities at places like Ocracoke to detect passing U-boats.

A ragtag band of commandeered Goodyear advertizing blimps and former Army airships formed the first West Coast squadron, Moffett Field’s ZP Few in number but spread along several States’ coasts, the , ft 3 of helium K-ships were repeatedly noted by German U-boats. The K-6’s depth charge attack on surfacing sub U in March Summary. aircraft shot down by 97 individual U-boats for the loss of 31 U-boats either sunk during the attack or due to being located by other forces shortly afterwards and sunk.. One source says that RAF Coastal Command (U-boat hunters) lost aircraft (badly damaged, shot down and paid off - not all to U-boats of course) and sank U-boats during the war. COVID Resources. Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID) is available from the World Health Organization (current situation, international travel).Numerous and frequently-updated resource results are available from this ’s WebJunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle coronavirus.   After extensive trials on blimps and aircraft MAD, produced traces that would allow a blimp to follow a submerged U-boat, and plan an attack. By the doctrine was to locate U-boats by eye, or by radar, and then track them underwater with MAD, to .