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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841763835
ISBN-10: 1841763837
Format: Paperback
(250mm x 185mm x 10mm)
Pages: 96
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 17-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Alan C. Carey

M Hill Goodspeed has served as the historian and library director at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida, for the past five years, and has had one book published with US Naval Institute Press, as well as numerous articles. This is his first title for Osprey. Tom Tullis has illustrated a number of books in both the Aces and Combat Aircraft series. He was the first artist to produce material for Osprey Aviation electronically. Tom's most recent work can be found in Aircraft of the Aces 26: 'Mustang and Thunderbolt Aces of the Pacific and CBI', Combat Aircraft 16: 'TBF/TBM Avenger Units of World War 2' and Combat Aircraft 20: 'TBD Devastator Units of the US Navy'.

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