By Edward L. Beach
In 1972, following the massive good fortune of Run Silent, Run Deep, Edward L. Beach's moment novel of submarine struggle used to be released to nice acclaim. Like its predecessor, dirt at the Sea was once lauded for its genuine portrayal of what it intended to be a submariner in the course of the determined years of global conflict II. annoying, dramatic and wealthy in technical and tactical element, the publication attracts on Beach's adventure as a submariner within the US army to explain the commander and team of the fictional USS Eel as they conflict overwhelming odds to smash jap ships and keep American lives. with out margin for errors, the lads face up to storms, intensity fees or even hand-to-hand strive against to shield their boat and themselves. blunders, because the identify reminds us, bring about the particles which serves as a quick grave maker for sunken ships: dirt at the sea.
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The admirals, both in Washington and London, were propounding that the airplanes under construction for the Eighth Air Force should go to the Pacific, that Harris’s bombers should concentrate on U-boats, and that the H2S radars his navigators sorely needed should instead be fitted in the anti-submarine patrol planes of Coastal Command. Another, if lesser, problem was that not everyone in Britain supported Harris’s campaign. Harris’s aircrews stood high in the public’s affection and esteem, perhaps not quite so high as the fighter pilots had while the Battle of Britain was being fought above their homes, but high enough to ensure the bomber boys a welcome when they spent an evening in the “local” or a leave in town.
So we’ll bring the bombs home and try another day,” had been the American’s reply, but as time went on, Eaker realized that his crews were flying too many noneffective missions. This was a method to which the RAF was well accustomed, and for the purposes of saturation bombing it was adequate. For precision bombing it was not, but that had to be accepted. The round-the-clock policy required sustained attack, and in much of Europe’s winter (and often in summer) you either bombed through cloud or not at all.
On a signal from the tower, the airplanes roll out of the hardstands and, in sequence according to the traffic plan, twist and turn along the perimeter track to the checkered trailer beside the takeoff point. 50 calibre machine-guns, ammunition boxes and, in the distance, the upper portion of the ball turret structure. Army Air Force gunners, prepared by the Operations Analysis Section and the AAF Training Aids Division. Too late now to wish you’d gone on sick call, too late now to wish you hadn’t joined the Air Force; this is why they gave you the rank and silver wings.
Dust on the Sea (Bluejacket Books) by Edward L. Beach