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US Navy WWII patrol airship (Brazil) | by jdwheels
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US Navy WWII patrol airship (Brazil)

This patrol airship K-110 was based at the ZP-42 Squadron in Santa Cruz, Brazil during WWII using the old Graf Zeppelin hangar as our operational headquarters. I was a co-pilot of this airship. We flew as a ten man combat air crew. We carried four 500 lb depth charges, airborne radar, a 50-calibre machine gun, BAR rifle, hand weapons, one parachute, and underwater detection gear. Our missions were to escort convoys of merchant ships moving north along the South Atlantic coast. Adolph Hitler had assigned Benito Mussilino's Italian submarine wolfpacks to the South Atlantic to attack and sink any and all Allied ship movements. Beef from Argentina and crude rubber from Brazil were the main cargoes of the convoys. There was never a ship sunk from within a convoy escorted by a US Navy airship in WWII. Ships were escorted from offshore Santos, Brazil northward thru the Caribbean, up the US coast to 400 miles east of Gander Bay, Newfoundland

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Taken on September 27, 2010