DARK SKY, DEEP WATER : FIRST-HAND REFLECTIONS ON THE ANTI-U-BOAT WAR IN WWII.

Franks, Norman.


£25.00




Grub Street, 1st ed., 1997. Vi + 218 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. First-hand accounts from both sides of the war, accompanied by photographs, give an insight into how Allied airmen and German submarines fought against each other in the hostile skies above the deep, cold sea in World War II. The book records the saga of the Italian submarine LUIGI TORELLI, the first U-boat to be attacked by an aircraft carrying a Leigh Light ; Operation Swamp along the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain, with U343 being attacked by eight aircraft of which two were shot down and two others damaged ; and the sinking of U459 onto which the attacking aircraft actually crashed when shot down. It was no easy matter finding U boats and if they then decided to remain on the surface and fight back, the on-coming aircraft was a large target to determined gunners. The three living survivors of a Sunderland that sunk U489 but were shot down, tell their story ; a German gunner aboard U763 recalls the destruction of two Coastal Command aircraft on successive days ; and aircrew survivors tell of their time in a dinghy after being shot down either by U boats or marauding Ju88 long-range fighters. There is also a gripping chapter on the USN Squadron VP83/107.


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