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|Publisher and Catalogue
||"Galloping Ghosts of the Brazilian
Coast" by Alan C. Carey, published by iUniverse. United States Naval Air
Operations in the South Atlantic during World War II
|Media and Contents:
||Hard cover; 150 pages with black &
white photographs (also available in soft cover)
||Excellent coverage of subject matter
from the perspective of those involved.
Reviewed by Larry Goodell
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The story of United States Navy combat aircrews, their counterparts in the
Brazilian Air Force, and those who served aboard German U-boats in the South
Atlantic during World War II. It covers efforts by the United States Navy to
protect the flow of strategic materials, men, and military equipment from ports
in South america to points around the Western Hemisphere and Europe.
Between January 1943 and September 1944, United States Navy air units sank 16
German U-boats and one Italian submarine in the course of providing aerial
coverage for Allied and neutral merchant shipping and conducting anti-submarine
sweeps in the South Atlantic.
Taken from official sources and personal recollections, Galloping Ghosts of
the Brazilian Coast provides an in-depth analysis of United States Navy air
operations against the german and Italian submarine and commerce raider fleets.
Author Alan C. Carey's father flew with VP109 in the Pacific campaign and has
already had a previous book published on that subject. This new book has been a
long time coming for the squadrons and aircrew that flew the missions described
Galloping Ghosts of the Brazilian Coast is special for me as my father, AMM
3rd Class Billie N. Goodell, participated in this campaign and was awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions against U-164 on January 9, 1943.
This was VP83s first confirmed sinking of an enemy U-boat. Dad's enlistment was
up in early 1944 and he re-enlisted to serve with VP109 in the Pacific. At wars
end they were on Guam.
He had always told me that the Japanese surrendered when they heard he was on
Guam! I have always tended to think otherwise. By the way, that's Pop standing
just under the nose glazing with his arms folded on the cover.
My copy of this exciting book was sent to me by VP83/107s Sqn. historian
Richard Wilson and signed by the author.
The book is Hard Bound, 150 pages with black & white photgraphs and sells for
I highly recommend the reading Galloping Ghosts of the Brazilian Coast for
anyone interested in the history of World War II.
Other books By Alan Carey are "The Reluctant Raiders" and "We Flew Alone".
The photos in the body of the review and below are from my personal
collection. The first pic is U-662 being attacked by VP94 - the second is the
first attack on U-604 by VP129 - the third is U-849 being attacked by VP107.
Click the thumbnails below to view
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