Sighted Sub, Sank Same

The United States Navy’s Air Campaign against the U-Boat

Alan C. Carey

A narrative history of the United States naval air operations against German U-Boats and Italian submarines in the Atlantic and Caribbean, 1941-45.
Date Published :
November 2019
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Over 200 b/w images
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612007830
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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A narrative history of the United States naval air operations against German U-Boats and Italian submarines in the Atlantic and Caribbean, 1941-45.

Sighted Sub, Sank Same examines the United States Naval air campaign against German U-boats prowling for allied merchant shipping traversing the waters of the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean; an economic war waged to cut the lifeline of food and armaments sailing across the Atlantic from North America. This battle of the Atlantic evolved into a far-ranging conflict beyond the North Atlantic and the eastern seaboard of the United States. It covered the frigid waters off Iceland down to the warm waters of Florida, through the Caribbean Sea, across the ocean to the Bay of Biscay, the Mediterranean Sea, down to Africa, and across the South Atlantic to Brazil’s southern tip. Nazi Germany’s efforts to deny supplies from reaching Europe came at a high price, losing 783 U-boats and approximately 30,000 men between 1939 and 1945 with land and carrier-based naval air units sinking 83 German submarines of the 159 sunk by American aircraft. German allies saw their submarines targeted as well in the Atlantic with Imperial Japanese submarine I-52 and the Italian Archimede falling victim to American naval aircraft armed with depth bombs or acoustic homing torpedoes.

This story of the United States Navy’s use of air power to hunt down and destroy German submarines unfolds in dramatic detail in Sighted Sub, Sank Same. The book contains over 200 color and black and white photographs allowing for a visual imagery of the campaign while personal interviews, interrogation reports, personal correspondence, and after action reports weave a fascinating history about the naval air campaign in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean Theaters during World War II.

About The Author

Alan C. Carey is an author and historian specializing in military aviation topics with more than a dozen books to his credit since first being published in 1999. His books have been published in the United States and UK while magazine articles have appeared in the United States, Australia and Brazil. Mr. Carey has served as a guest speaker at military reunions, aiding families in providing documentation and guiding individuals with collecting documentation on family members who served in the military, interviewed by national and international media, and has appeared on the History Channel. Sighted Sub, Sank Same is his first book with Casemate.


"...anyone with an interest in aircraft as a counter to the submarine should consider this work."

- Air Power History

"The book does contain a number of interesting episodes, including the presence of a Japanese submarine (!) in the South Atlantic."

- Naval Historical Foundation

"...well-illustrated history of U.S. naval aviation against the German U-boat menace in the war-long Battle of the Atlantic."

- Seapower

" the reader a real feeling of that relentless hunt"

- Baird Maritime

"...first-hand accounts give the reader an insight into the thoughts and feelings of those who directly waged the war against the U-boats. The book’s text is supported by excellent maps and a superb selection of black & white and color photographs. If the war against Germany’s U-boats during World War II or the employment of aircraft in combat operations is of any interest to you, this is a must-read book."

- The Journal of America's Military Past

"...richly illustrates the navy’s battle for the Atlantic from the air."

- The National WWII Museum

‘’The book is profusely illustrated. Full marks there.’’

- The Naval Review

‘’It is very well illustrated and contains some informative maps and helpful appendices. This is a must have book for anyone with an interest in World War Two aviation and is highly recommended.’’

- FlyPast

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