Zoomies Subs And Zeros – By Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, Jr. and Colonel Hans Christian Adamson








“ZOOMIES SUBS And ZEROS” Heroic Rescues in World War II by the Submarine Lifeguard League. By Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, Jr. USN (Ret.) and Colonel Hans Christian Adamson, USAF (Ret.). Foreword by Vice Admiral Charles A. Pownall, USN (Ret.). From the authors of “Hellcats of the Sea.” Not all of the American submarine missions of World War II were designed to “Sink ‘Em All.” By the summer of 1943, the submarine Lifeguard League had been established. Their mission: to rescue downed flyers, called “Zoomies” in the Silent Service. In this rare out-of-print book, the epic story of how hundreds of aviators were saved from certain death by thirst, man-eating sharks or by murderous enemy planes. This is the World War II story of heroic rescuing submarines such as; Harder, Tang, Finback, Stingray, Scabbardfish and many, many others. 1956 Hardback edition with dust jacket. This ultra-rare book was never published in paperback. 301 pages, 17 black and white photos with two different maps inside the front and back covers, no index. A former library book, dust jacket now covered in new protective clear plastic.

Fair + + + Cond. – $79.95


The Authors:

Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, Jr. USN (Ret.): Born in 1890, Lockwood graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1912. In 1914, he entered the submarine service and spent most of 39 years in submersibles. As a Three-Star Vice Admiral, Lockwood was Commander Submarines, Pacific (ComSubPac) in World War II. He has written the story of our Pacific submarine operations in his widely read “Sink ‘Em All.” He coauthors several other books with Col Hans Christian Adamson, USAF (Ret.), including “Hellcats of the Sea” and “Zoomies, Subs and Zeros.”

Colonel Hans Christian Adamson, USAF, (Ret.): Like his coauthor, Charles Lockwood, Col Hans Adamson was also born in 1890. In 1942, Adamson was on a flight over the Pacific in a B-17 Flying Fortress. Off course and running low on fuel the 4-engine bomber was forced to ditch in the sea. Among the crew was famed World War I fighter ace, 52 year old Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and six others. The men drifted on rubber rafts for 23 days before being rescued. As Chief of the USAF Personnel Narrative Office, Colonel Adamson directed the collection and writing of all the human interest history of the Army Air Force in all theaters of war––frequently under most hazardous conditions. He coauthors several other books with Vice Admiral Charles Lockwood, USN (Ret.), including “Through Hell And Deep Water” and “Hell At 50 Fathoms.”


Other books by Charles A. Lockwood, Jr:

Down To The Sea In Subs

Hell At 50 Fathoms

Hellcats Of The Sea

Sink ‘Em All

Through Hell And Deep Water

Tragedy At Honda

Zoomies Subs And Zeros


Other books of interest:

Back From The Deep



The Bravest Man

Clear The Bridge!

Cruisers For Breakfast

The Destroyer Killer

Eight Survived

Escape From The Deep

Find ‘Em, Chase ‘Em, Sink ‘Em”

Final Dive

Full Fathom Five

The Last Patrol

Overdue And Presumed Lost

Red Scorpion

Return From The River Kwai


Silent Running

Silent Victory

Submarine Admiral

Submarine Commander

Submarine Diary

Sub Duty

Submarine Grayback

Take Her Deep

The Terrible Hours

Under Pressure

Undersea Victory

U.S. Submarine Losses

US Submarine Crewman 1941-45

U.S. Submarine Losses

U.S. Submarines In World War II

Wake Of The Wahoo

War Beneath The Waves

War Fish

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