Hunter-Killer: U. S. Escort Carriers in the Battle of the Atlantic

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Naval Institute Press, Jan 22, 2004 - History - 322 pages
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The pursuit of German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic has long been considered one of the most exciting stories of World War II. This definitive study takes readers into the cockpits and onto the flight decks of the versatile and hardy U.S. escort carriers (CVEs) to tell of their vital, yet little-known contribution to the anti-U-boat campaign. Sailing apart from the Allied convoys, the CVE captains had complete freedom of action and frequently took their ships on "hunt and kill" missions against the enemy. The German submarines were allowed no respite and no place to relax without the fear of discovery.

World War II historian William Y'Blood explains that in the eighteen months between the spring of 1943, when the escort carriers began to prowl the Atlantic, to November 1944, the average number of U-boats in daily operation was reduced from 108 to a mere 31. Though land-based aircraft, various support groups, and the convoy system itself helped win the Battle of the Atlantic, the escort carrier groups' influence was profound. In addition to documenting the escort carriers' exciting operational history, the author also traces the CVE's development and construction and examines its tactical and strategic uses.
  

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User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

How the US Navy used escort carriers, which were carriers built on merchant-type or tanker hulls and hence too slow for working with the fleet, to hunt German U-boats in WWII. A quick and exciting read, not too technical, and a good overview of this sort of anti-submarine warfare. Read full review

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User Review  - John E - Goodreads

Companion book to "Little Giants", this one covers the actions of the American escort carriers in the Atlantic against the German submarines, whereas "Little Giants" was a history of these ships in ... Read full review

Contents

The Lord Looks out for Drunks Little Children and CVEs
1
The CVEs Go to War
12
Enter the Bogue
29
Cutting the CVEs Loose
62
Thrust and Parry
100
Grinding Them Down
130
Two Ships
166
InterludeA Tour of the Riviera
198
Bitter to the End
251
Appendixes
277
Escort Carrier Technical Data
279
Submarine Sinkings by Escort Carrier Groups
282
The AngloAmerican CVE Controversy
284
Notes
289
Bibliography
307
Index
315

Keeping the Pressure On
211

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About the author (2004)

William T. Y'Blood, a former USAF B-47 pilot and historian for the Office of Air Force History in Washington, D.C., is the author of The Little Giants and Red Sun Setting.

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