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The Irish Bases

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/9780813034881.003.0008
The Irish Bases

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An outline of the U.S. aviation program in Ireland emerged as early as October 1917, but actual combat operations did not commence until nearly a year later. The Navy's ambitious efforts encountered enormous challenges from weather, labor, equipment, supplies, shipping, transportation, and inexperience. Limited infrastructure throughout the island only exacerbated the situation. At no time did the program enjoy the same priority accorded efforts at Killingholme, the Northern Bombing Group, or even many of the French coastal stations. Undeterred, officers and men worked very hard, cooperated well with the British, and exhibited great spirit and high morale.

Keywords: Irish naval bases; aviation program; combat operations; French coastal stations; military infrastructure; flight operations

Chapter.  10248 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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