Anti-submarine airplanes and helicopters
During WW-II anti-submarines airplanes were very much in use by allied forces, in fact as war lasted more and more planes were put to use for sea patrols and general reconnaissance, scouting, tracking and attacking German and Japanese U-boats. Airplanes proved them selves very affective participating in The Battle of The Atlantic as air cover for escorting convoys, hunting U-boats, forcing and keeping them submerged therefore preventing them from attack.
Statistics: 249 U-boats were sunk by aircraft alone (including carrier-based aircraft) and 37 more were sunk by aircraft and ships together. 43 additional U-boats were bombed in port and 12 were lost to aerial mines.
Shore-based aircraft/Bombers pushed into a maritime role.
- Lockheed PV-1 Ventura
Carrier-based aircraft/Operating from fleet-carriers or escort-carriers.
- Grumman F4F/General Motors FM-2 Wildcat
- Fairey Barracuda
- Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
- Consolidated Canso
- Short Sunderland
Very-Long Range aircraft/Helped to reduce the mid-ocean air gap utilized by U-boats.
- Consolidated B-24 Liberator
After WW-II aircrafts/Long range maritime patrol and ASW-Anti Submarine Warfare
- Avro Shackleton
- Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion
- Nimrod MR2P
- Sea King-ASW helicopter