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Stalking the U-BoatU.S. Naval Aviation in Europe during World War I$
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Geoffrey L. Rossano

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034881

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034881.001.0001

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The French Coastal Unit

The French Coastal Unit

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(p.81) 4 The French Coastal Unit
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Stalking the U-Boat
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Geoffrey L. Rossano

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034881.003.0005

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

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