Chapter

The French Coastal Unit

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/9780813034881.003.0005
The French Coastal Unit

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Coastal stations in France performed both the earliest and longest wartime service. Initial flights at Moutchic commenced in late September 1917, and the first at Le Croisic in mid-November. NAS Brest conducted the last patrol of the war on December 13, 1918, escorting President Wilson into harbor there. Coastal stations formed the largest single group of aviation facilities covering the widest range of territory, employing the greatest number of men and machines. Following the establishment of Navy stations, not a single U-boat successfully attacked an escorted convoy on the west coast of France and the loss of individual vessels practically ceased.

Keywords: French coastal unit; coastal stations; wartime service; war patrol; NAS Brest; patrol craft

Chapter.  19392 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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