U. S. Navy Pb4y-I (B-24) Liberator Squadrons in Great Britain During WWII

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Alan Carey's new book, his fifth on USN and USMC bomber units of the Second World War, is the story of U.S. Navy Fleet Air Wing Seven (FAW-7) and the men who flew the Navy version of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber out of Dunkeswell and Upottery, England during World War II. Navy PB4Y-I Liberator squadrons were unlike their counterparts in the U.S. Army's 8th Air Force, who battled their way through thick flak and swarms of German fighters while flying to and from targets in continental Europe. The job of ...
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Overview

Alan Carey's new book, his fifth on USN and USMC bomber units of the Second World War, is the story of U.S. Navy Fleet Air Wing Seven (FAW-7) and the men who flew the Navy version of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber out of Dunkeswell and Upottery, England during World War II. Navy PB4Y-I Liberator squadrons were unlike their counterparts in the U.S. Army's 8th Air Force, who battled their way through thick flak and swarms of German fighters while flying to and from targets in continental Europe. The job of U.S. Navy PB4Y-I Liberator aircrews was to keep German U-boats from successfully operating in the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel by going out day after day, often in miserable weather conditions, on unrelenting search and destroy missions. During the war, FAW-7 Liberators were responsible for the sinking of five U-boats and damaging many more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764317750
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: A Schiffer Military History Book Ser.
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 491,066
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Introduction 7
The B-24/PB4Y-1 Liberator 10
Chapter 1 The Battle for the Atlantic and the Birth of Fleet Air Wing Seven 17
Chapter 2 FAW-7 Squadrons to England 26
Chapter 3 Birth of the Dunkeswell Air Group 40
Chapter 4 The Chaos of War (January-June 1944) 57
Chapter 5 D-Day Operations 74
Chapter 6 The Dry Spell 91
Chapter 7 Victory and the Demise of FAW-7 106
Epilogue: Memories of Dunkeswell 117
Gallery
Color Profiles and Assorted Photos 123
Glossary: WWII U.S. Navy Terminology 139
Appendix A Organizational Structure of FAW-7 October 1943-May 1944 141
Appendix B Commanding Officers of FAW-7 and Individual Squadrons 142
Appendix C Personnel Losses 143
Appendix D U-boat Contacts and Kills Attributed to FAW-7 PB4Y-1 Liberators 147
Appendix E FAW-7 PB4Y-1 Operational Sorties 148
Appendix F PB4Y-1 Losses from 1 May 1943 to 31 May 1945 149
Appendix G FAW-7 PB4Y-1 Squadron Disposition 150
Bibliography 155
Notes 156
Index 158
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    exciting all around

    this book held my interst it was a educating read.

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