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Under the Gun

Geoffrey L. Rossano

in Stalking the U-Boat

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034881
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038841 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034881.003.0004
Under the Gun

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Finding and attacking submarines with aircraft posed a difficult task in 1917–1918, and the station at Dunkirk operated under the most extreme conditions. It was the only American base to endure continuous bombardment from land, sea, and air. Dunkirk also battled aggressive enemy air forces in significant numbers. The congested harbor offered treacherous conditions, while the base's limited size and extreme range of tide hampered launch and recovery of aircraft. The choice of machines also worked against completion of its mission. Obsolescent Donnet-Denhaut flying boats were severely underpowered as well as mechanically unreliable. Unfortunately, space restrictions precluded replacement with more capable flying boats.

Keywords: naval base; Dunkirk; flying boats; enemy attack; air force power; bombardment

Chapter.  11584 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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