US Navy PBY Catalina Units of the Atlantic War

US Navy PBY Catalina Units of the Atlantic War

Combat Aircraft 65
  • Author: Ragnar J Ragnarsson
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: COM 65
  • Publication Date: 10 Nov 2006
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Several books have been written about US naval patrol aviation in World War 2, but none do full justice to the role played by patrol squadrons of the US Navy in the longest, most bitterly fought campaign of the war - the Battle of the Atlantic. From the Arctic to the Equator, anti-submarine aircraft of the US Navy patrolled both sides of the stormy Atlantic alongside their allied counterparts, escorting merchant shipping through submarine-infested waters - the crucial lifeline from the United States to Great Britain and the Mediterranean, and staging troops and supplies for the ultimate liberation of North Africa and Europe. This book details the PBY Catalina, without contest the most successful flying boat ever designed, and a key element in the success of the Atlantic War.

Biographical Note

Ragnar J. Ragnarsson was born 1945 in the USA, but has lived most his life in Iceland. He was co-founder and past vice president of IPMS Iceland, co-founder and past president of the Icelandic Aviation Historical Society and past president of the Icelandic Aero Club. Ragnar has spent many years researching wartime maritime aviation in the Atlantic and has written articles for both the Icelandic and foreign specialist aviation press, as well as contributing to a number of books on the subject. Jim Laurier is a native of New England. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut from 1974-1978. A long time aviation enthusiast and pilot, one of his favourite subjects is aircraft. He combines his love of history with his flying experiences to create some of the most realistic and historically accurate aviation paintings seen today.

Contents

Introduction
Development of the PBY Catalina
Prelude to War
The PBY goes to War
Anti-submarine Warrior
Battle of the Atlantic
Warmer Waters
Northwest Africa
Rescue & Medevac Missions
Appendices

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