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Alan C. Carey

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Alan C. Carey served in the US Marine Corps from 1988 to 1991.  He then entered the US Army (r) and served from 1996 to 1998, as a Chemical Defense Specialist. Alan C. Carey is the author of: Galloping Ghosts of the Brazilian Coast: United States Naval Air Operations in the South Atlantic during World War II; Consolidated-Vultee PB4Y-2 Privateer: The Operational History Of The U.S. Navy's World War II Patrol/Bomber Aircraft; PV Ventura: Harpoon Units of World War II; The Reluctant Raiders: The Story of United States Navy Bombing Squadron Vb/Vpb-109 During World War II; U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24) Liberator Squadrons in Great Britain during World War II; Above an Angry Sea: United States B-24 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer Operations in the Pacific; and, Leatherneck Bombers: Marine Corps B-25/PBJ Mitchell Squadrons in World War II.

 

According to the book description of Consolidated-Vultee PB4Y-2 Privateer: The Operational History Of The U.S. Navy's World War II Patrol/Bomber Aircraft, “Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corporations (Convair) attempt to make a few design changes to its famous B-24 Liberator for the U.S. Navy in 1942 eventually evolved into the PB4Y-2 Privateer, a 70,000-pound patrol bomber equipped with state-of-the-art electronics gear, armed with twelve .50-caliber machine guns, and the capability to deliver bombs, depth charges, and guided missiles. Beginning with the development and production of the aircraft, this book presents an in-depth examination of the patrol bombers entire operational history from 1942 to the present. Containing over 260 photographs and line art, the book covers the PB4Y-2s service with the U.S. Navy, French Aronavale, Republic of China Air Force, various countries of Latin America, and finally as a slurry bomber for aerial fire fighting companies.”

 

According to the book description of Galloping Ghosts of the Brazilian Coast: United States Naval Air Operations in the South Atlantic during World War II, it “is 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 German and Italian submarines.”

 

According to the book description of PV Ventura: Harpoon Units of World War II, “a development of the successful Lockheed ‘medium twins’ of the late 1930s, the PV Ventura/Harpoon family of patrol bombers saw widespread service with both the US Navy/Marine Corps and the TAF and Commonwealth from October 1942 onwards. The USAAF also used surplus Venturas originally ordered by the RAF, designated B-34 Lexingtons, in the bomber training and coastal patrol roles. The final variant in this family was the larger PV-2 Harpoon, which was built to a US Navy requirement from March 1944 onwards. Used primarily in the Pacific, 470 Harpoons saw frontline service on anti-shipping and submarine patrols through to VJ-Day. This book covers each of these variants in complete illustrated detail.”

 

According to the book description of The Reluctant Raiders: The Story of United States Navy Bombing Squadron Vb/Vpb-109 During World War II, “The Reluctant Raiders is perhaps the most documented and researched book on a United States Navy land-based squadron flying the PB4Y-1 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer. The final result of five years of research, the book traces the squadron's history from its commissioning in August 1943, to the final days of World War II, including: never before published combat and nose art photography; the squadron's tactical organization; a chronology of each combat aircrew's mission record; personnel killed in action; and an appendix containing Japanese shipping and aircraft destroyed or damaged by the squadron.”

 

According to the book description of U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24) Liberator Squadrons in Great Britain during World War II, “Alan Careys new book, his fifth on USN and USMC bomber units of the Second World War, is the story of U.S. Navy Fleet Air Wing Seven (FAW-7) and the men who flew the Navy version of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber out of Dunkeswell and Upottery, England during World War II. Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator squadrons were unlike their counterparts in the U.S. Armys 8th Air Force, who battled their way through thick flak and swarms of German fighters while flying to and from targets in continental Europe. The job of U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator aircrews was to keep German U-boats from successfully operating in the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel by going out day after day, often in miserable weather conditions, on unrelenting search and destroy missions. During the war, FAW-7 Liberators were responsible for the sinking of five U-boats and damaging many more.”


We Flew Alone: United States Navy B-24 Squadrons in the Pacific (February 1943-September 1944)
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Leatherneck Bombers: Marine Corps B-25/PBJ Mitchell Squadrons in World War II
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Galloping Ghosts of the Brazilian Coast: United States Naval Air Operations in the South Atlantic during World War II
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PV Ventura: Harpoon Units of World War II
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Consolidated-Vultee PB4Y-2 Privateer: The Operational History Of The U.S. Navy's World War II Patrol/Bomber Aircraft
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The Reluctant Raiders: The Story of United States Navy Bombing Squadron Vb/Vpb-109 During World War II (Schiffer Military History)
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U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24) Liberator Squadrons in Great Britain durring World War II
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Above an Angry Sea: United States B-24 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer Operations in the Pacific (October 1944 to August 1945)
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According to the book description of Above an Angry Sea: United States B-24 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer Operations in the Pacific, “Above an Angry Sea chronicles USN B-24 Liberator (PB4Y-1) and PB4Y-2 Privateer operations in the Pacific. The author's previous book, We Flew Alone, discussed the Navy's use of the B-24 Liberator from February 1943 to September 1944. He now examines in dramatic detail the use of the B-24 and PB4Y-2 during the last eleven months of the war against Japan. The author has collected personal stories, over 200 photographs, a tabulation of all aerial kills credited to PB4Y patrol plane commanders, a roster of all personnel killed in action or in the line of duty, individual squadron records, and a list of all known B-24 Liberators and PB4Y-2 Privateers assigned to the Pacific between 1943 and 1945.”

 

According to the book description of Leatherneck Bombers: Marine Corps B-25/PBJ Mitchell Squadrons in World War II, “A forceful study of an elite group of men chosen to form the U. S. Marines' only medium bomber group during WWII. Verterans recall their service flying combat missions against enemy garrisons on Bougainville and New Ireland, and later in the dramatic rocket and ground-strafing attacks in the Philippines. Detailed list of individual squadron aircraft and personnel losses, and all known PBJs assigned to units overseas.”

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