US Navy PBY Catalina Units of the Atlantic War

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US Navy PBY Catalina Units of the Atlantic War

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Several books have been written about US naval air patrol operations in World War II (1939-1945), 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. They escorted merchant convoys through the submarine-infested waters, protecting the crucial lifeline from the United States to Great Britain and the Mediterranean that carried troops and supplies for the ultimate liberation of North Africa and Europe.

The PBY Catalina, in which most of these vital missions were flown, was the most successful flying boat ever designed. Built in greater numbers than any other, it served the maritime air forces of all principle Allied nations, as well as the four branches of the US military. Except for a handful of Martin PBM Mariners, the Catalina was the only long range patrol bomber in the US Navy's inventory when the USA entered World War II. Though considered obsolete in 1939, it served in significant numbers until war's end and for many years after. Its total contribution to victory can only be surmised and the number of ships and lives saved by the PBY's mere presence over convoys will never be known. However, US Navy PBYs sank 19 Axis submarines, all identified by the author from contemporary evidence. Photographs of the Catalina in service in the Atlantic are rare but the author has assembled over 80 through research in official archives and private collections.

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Table of 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

Product details

Published Nov 28 2006
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841769103
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 90 b/w; 30 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 65
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Jim Laurier

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives i…

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