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Although designed in the mid-1930s and in squadron service several years prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, Consolidated's PBY Catalina proved its soundness in combat throughout the four years that the war raged across the Pacific in World War 2. Deadly in its primary role as a submarine hunter, the PBY was the scourge of the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarine force. Its amphibious traits also made the aircraft well suited to air-sea rescue, and thousands of Allied airman were plucked from a watery grave by PBY crews. Several thousand PBYs had been built by VJ-Day, and a vast percentage of these aircraft served with US Navy patrol squadrons in the Pacific. This book is the first volume to deal exclusively with the US Navy's PBY units and operations in the Pacific during World War 2.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841769110
ISBN-10: 1841769118
Format: Paperback
(248mm x 184mm x 7mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Louis B Dorny

Retired US Navy Cdr Louis B Dorny is an acknowledged expert on America's most famous flying-boat, the PBY Catalina, and has long been fascinated by its crucial employment against Japanese forces in the Pacific War. He has interviewed numerous veteran crews during the course of his research over the past four decades. The author lives in Seattle, WA.