Originally published: Flying cats / Andrewy Hendrie. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1988.
Author: Andrew Hendrie
Publisher: Pen & Sword
The Consolidated PBY Catalina was probably the most versatile and successful flying boat/amphibian ever built, serving not just with the US Army Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard during the Second World War, but also with the air forces of Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with the Danes, Free French and Norwegians as well as Brazil, Chile, Indonesia and elsewhere. With a remarkable lifting capacity and endurance, this long-range twin-engine aircraft could absorb a great deal of punishment and still return home after flights lasting an entire day and covering thousands of miles. It was employed as a maritime reconnaissance aircraft, as a bomber and torpedo-bomber, as an anti-submarine weapon, as a mine-layer, as a special operations machine and as a search and rescue craft by day and night. It ferried stores, mail and people - many of them sick and injured - across all the world's oceans and is rightly held in the deepest respect by all who had anything to do with them, flying or being flown In this book, Andrew Hendrie tells the whole amazing story of the `Flying Cats', of their exploits and achievements, of the heroism of many of their crews and the problems they had to endure With numerous photographs as well as appendices listing technical data and individual aircraft histories, this is the definitive history of the Catalina and its operations world-wide
many flying boats is the way the wingtip floats retract to fair into the wing while in
cruising flight. In most flying boats the wingtip floats are fixed in the down position
. The enormous Catalina wing is mounted on a central pylon to raise the ...
The greatest of all flying boats, the PBY Catalina, was one of the most versatile aircraft ever built.
Author: Roscoe Creed
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
The greatest of all flying boats, the PBY Catalina, was one of the most versatile aircraft ever built. This definitive study, first published in 1985, pulls together in a single volume all of the aircraft's fascinating facts. The author carefully analyzes the PBY's dual use in the war as a plane of mercy and as a bomber, and he chronicles the flying boat's contributions in peacetime.
adapted Catalinas to fly non-stop between the Swan River at Perth, on the west
coast of Australia, and Trincomalee, on the east coast of Ceylon. The diplomatic
mail could then be forwarded overland to Karachi to be put aboard a BOAC flying
Author: Leslie Dawson
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The history of the development and operations of flying boats in the early twentieth century is a vibrant one, full of colourful characters and experimentation. In 'Fabulous Flying Boats', Leslie Dawson captures this spirit of dynamism, reminding us of the most successful early pioneers of the seaplanes development, including a little known and oft-overlooked rival to the Wright Brothers, working to put their mutual successes in context. He goes on to describe, in clear and vivid detail, and using first hand-accounts, what it was like to be aboard one of the resulting huge passenger flying boats, as air crew and as a passenger. He also recounts the part played by the military boats inevitably seconded to such use. Incredibly well researched, the narrative embraces the globe-trotting air routes, from Europe to the Far East and to the Americas, and is well supported with evocative images from private and corporate collections, and the worlds aviation museums. The in-depth Appendix is virtually a book in itself. This book is sure to be a welcome addition to any Aviation enthusiasts library as it covers a particularly important period of Aviation development which formed a fertile environment for a host of young experimenters. The process of development continues to this day.
US Navy unit listings for the Pacific Theatre show just eight squadrons flying Catalinas on VJ-Day. FAW 10 on Palawan had three, VPB-53 was flying 20 PBY-
5As from both Manus and Samar, and was receiving new PBY-6As, and both ...
Author: Louis B Dorny
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Deadly in its primary role as a submarine hunter, the PBY Catalina 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 airmen were saved from a watery grave by PBY crews. Using personal interviews, war diaries and combat reports combined with original Japanese records and books, Louis B Dorny provides a view on the role of the Catalina from both side of the war. Illustrated with over 80 photographs and colour profiles detailing aircraft markings, this is the definitive history of an insight into the PBY's use by the US Navy and Allied forces in the Pacific during World War 2.
To be sure, Catalinas had operated at night since at least February 1942, but
usually such missions were limited to desperate circumstances.76 It was a night- flying Catalina that had found the Japanese invasion convoy during the Battle of
Author: Jeffrey Cox
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
From popular Pacific Theatre expert Jeffrey R. Cox comes this insightful new history of the critical Guadalcanal and Solomons campaign at the height of World War II. His previous book, Morning Star, Rising Sun, had found the US Navy at its absolute nadir and the fate of the Enterprise, the last operational US aircraft carrier at this point in the war, unknown. This new volume completes the history of this crucial campaign, combining detailed research with a novelist's flair for the dramatic to reveal exactly how, despite missteps and misfortunes, the tide of war finally turned. By the end of February 1944, thanks to hard-fought and costly American victories in the first and second naval battles of Guadalcanal, the battle of Empress Augusta Bay, and the battle of Cape St George, the Japanese would no longer hold the materiel or skilled manpower advantage. From this point on, although the war was still a long way from being won, the American star was unquestionably on the ascendant, slowly, but surely, edging Japanese imperialism towards its sunset. Jeffrey Cox's analysis and attention to detail of even the smallest events are second to none. But what truly sets this book apart is how he combines this microscopic attention to detail, often unearthing new facts along the way, with an engaging style that transports the reader to the heart of the story, bringing the events on the deep blue of the Pacific vividly to life.
Author: Jeannine L. PedersenPublish On: 2008-07-28
In COMFORT, with SAFETY and in the QUICKEST time, Pacific Marine Airways flying boats will carry you between Los Angeles Harbor and Catalina Island, flying ALWAYS OVER THE WATER, in the most highly perfected type of marine flying ...
Author: Jeannine L. Pedersen
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
For years, reaching the paradise destination of Santa Catalina Island, located miles out in the Pacific Ocean, was possible primarily by steamship. But as early as 1912, the first amphibious airplane landed in Avalon Bay, and the first air-passenger service was introduced in 1919. Seaplane service thrived on Catalina, and aircraft engine roars became a distinctive memory for many residents, along with the thrill of crossing the channel by plane and landing on the water. The “Airport in the Sky” opened in 1946, with United Airlines operating DC-3s, followed by other airlines operating land-based planes. Today helicopters carry passengers across the San Pedro Channel in less than 15 minutes. This unique photographic history covers public air transportation to and from Southern California’s iconic island, featuring memories and stories from residents, visitors, and airline employees.
During the tour of duty in the Far East of two RNZAF Catalinas of No 5 (
Flyingboat ) Squadron , the Deputy Chief of Air Staff , Group Captain R . J .
Cohen , C . B . E . , A . F . C . , visited the unit at Hongkong . Group Captain ( '
ohen ( on right ) is ...
Author: Burkard Baron Von Mullenheim-RechbergPublish On: 2012-12-16
24 Catalinas from Northern Ireland Like everyone else on board, I knew nothing
of the reconnaissance activities in which the ... Their mission was to familiarize
the Royal Air Force with the American-built Catalina flying boat some of which
Author: Burkard Baron Von Mullenheim-Rechberg
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Originally published to much acclaim in 1980, this is the story of the legendary German battleship that sunk the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, on May 24, 1941, and three days later was hunted down and sunk by the British during one of the most dramatic pursuits in naval history. Told by a German naval officer who witnessed both sinkings, the book chronicles the brief but sensational career of what was thought to be the grandest weapon of the Third Reich. Burkard Baron von Müllenheim-Rechberg, the Bismarck's top-ranking survivor, tells the battleship's story from commissioning to the moment when the captain gave a final salute and went down with his ship. The epic battle between the two great enemy ships captured the imagination of an entire generation and became a popular subject for movies and songs. With the discovery a few years ago of the Bismarck's sunken hull off the coast of France, worldwide attention has focused again on the famous ship. Reprinted now in paperback for the first time, the work presents the human dimensions of the event without neglecting the technical side and includes information on rudder damage and repair, overall ship damage, and code breaking. The book also provides insights into the author's life as a prisoner of war in England and Canada and the friction that existed between the Nazis and non-Nazis Germans in the camps. Such a personal look at one of the most famous sea encounters in the history of World War II makes absorbing reading.
To me, he was my personal hero; an instructor teaching bomber pilots to fly,
followed by operations on RAF Catalina flying boats. He was a quiet, modest
man, a superb cook and a loving Grandfather. On the day he died, I was coming
Author: John French
Publisher: Pen and Sword
John French first took up flying in 1937 with the University of London Air Squadron and in 1938 joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His early war years were spent instructing newly recruited RAF pilots on Airspeed Oxfords and Avro Ansons. When the end of this posting came through he was designated to 210 Squadron at Sullom Voe in the Shetlands to fly the Catalina flying boat. In November 1942 the squadron was ordered south to join 202 Squadron at Gibraltar. Here they flew sorties in support of the North African landings Operation Torch. These were lengthy flights out into the Atlantic approaches to Gibraltar or Eastwards into the Mediterranean. He flew fifteen sorties in this short period before returning to Pembroke Dock. He was then instructed to report to Felixstowe to collect Catalina IB FP 222 and to ferry it up to his new base Sullom Voe. From this northern base the flying boats flew thirty hour patrols out into the Northern Atlantic searching for enemy ships and U-boats. On 8 September he was ordered to execute an extended search of the Norwegian coast where it was thought that the Tirpitz and Scharnhorst were seeking shelter. Having unsuccessfully searched the entire coastline at low-level they finally touched down on the Kola Inlet after a flight of over twenty-two hours. As February 1944 came towards its end he was detailed to cover a Russian convoy, JW57, far up to the north of the Arctic Circle. Shortly before his ETA with the convoy they got a radar return. They dropped down below the cloud to find a rough angry sea and spotted the wake of a ship. However this was not a ship but a surfaced U-boat. As they flew into attack they met a hail of 37mm and machine-gun fire John dropped to attack level and came in from the stern dropping two depth charges. Thus came the demise of U-601. On 18 July 1944 a Liberator of 86 Squadron was set on fire during an attack on a U-boat and was forced to ditch some 100 miles west of the Loften Islands. Eight members of the crew took to their dinghies. A Catalina was despatched on a search and rescue mission the following day but failed to find the victims. However on 20 July they were resighted. A volunteer crew was hastily formed and took off at 0130 on the 21st. Some excellent navigation brought the survivors into view at ETA. John decided to attempt a sea landing to effect the rescue. He came in low, into wind and across the swell at 65 knots. His crew soon had the stranded airman aboard, somewhat bedraggled after their sixty-two hour ordeal. They landed back at Sullom at 1410. After the war John stayed in the RAF and spent much of his time behind the Iron Curtain.
Flying Dutchmen . . . among the most unusual aircraft to operate out of Pembroke
Dock were the Fokker T-VIII-W ... The Catalina was the other mainstay of Coastal
Command's flying-boat squadrons and served with the RAF from 194 1 until the ...
Soon after leaving North Cape a British Catalina aircraft buzzed them and then
flew off. If it was an RAF aircraft then ... The Americans had their VP-94 Squadron
of the U.S. Navy, based at Reykjavik and also flying Catalinas. No warships were
The consolidated PBY Catalina was probably the most versatile and successful flying boat/amphibian ever built, serving not just with the US Army, Navy and Coast Guard during World War II but also with the air forces of Britain, Canada, ...
Author: Andrew Hendrie
Category: Airplanes, Military
The consolidated PBY Catalina was probably the most versatile and successful flying boat/amphibian ever built, serving not just with the US Army, Navy and Coast Guard during World War II but also with the air forces of Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with the Danes, Free French and Norwegians as well as in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia and elsewhere. With a remarkable lifting capacity and endurance, this long-range twin-engined aircraft could absorb a great deal of punishment and still return home after flights lasting an entire day and covering thousands of miles.
The Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina was a non-amphibious American flying boat of
the 1930s and 1940s that could be equipped with depth charges, bombs,
torpedoes, and M2 Browning machine-guns and was one of the most widely
Author: Harold A. Skaarup
This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been flown by members of the Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the present-day Canadian Forces. The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active Canadian squadrons both at home and overseas. 100 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to Canadian service aircraft. For those who like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museums current inventory or on display as gate guardians throughout Canada and overseas. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. Although many of Canadas heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and some have even been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view Canadas Warplane survivors.
By ' Cat ' down the Empire route For romantic air travel nothing quite matches flights with the Catalina Safari Co . ... as the Ultimate African Safari , Peter Bish
flew from Cairo to Nairobi along part of the old Imperial Airways flying boat route .
Amphibious Catalinas flew into the 1980s as waterbombers and island transports
. Even today a few are still flying as toys for the wealthy. Margaritaman Jimmy
Buffett owned one for years, as did oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Although
Author: Stephen Coonts
Publisher: Hachette UK
Airplanes, adventures, life and death in the skies: The Sea Witch brings together three dramatic tales - from three periods of history - of men and women at war: The Sea Witch: A rookie WW2 seaplane pilot is thrown in at the deep end on a mission to locate a missing colleague during the Battle of Guadalcanal. The 17th Day: Seventeen days is the average life expectancy of a British aviator during WW1. Today is Paul Hyde's seventeenth day. Will he live to see the next? Al-Jihad: 2001 - an ex-US Marine becomes caught up in a rogue plot to avenge the terrorists who killed his former commander. This collection, born of Coonts's lifelong passion for military aviation, shows his trademark storytelling at its most scintillating, passionate and powerful.
Author: Stanley Coleman JerseyPublish On: 2007-12-06
... campaign by RAAF Catalinas and USAAF Flying Fortresses against Japanese
positions on Tulagi and Guadalcanal. ... The crews had to fly hundreds of miles to
reach their targets and were frequently hampered by unpredictable weather.
Author: Stanley Coleman Jersey
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
From August 1942 until February 1943, two armies faced each other amid the malarial jungles and blistering heat of Guadalcanal Island. The Imperial Japanese forces needed to protect and maintain the air base that gave them the ability to interdict enemy supply routes. The Allies were desperate to halt the advance of a foe that so far had inflicted crippling losses on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, then seized the Philippines, Wake Island, the Dutch East Indies, Guam, and other Allied territory. After months of relentless battle, the U.S. troops forced back the determined Japanese, providing what many historians believe was the decisive turning point in the Pacific theater of operations. Stanley Coleman Jersey, a medical air evacuation specialist in the South Pacific during World War II, has spent countless hours combing Australian, Japanese, and U.S. documents and interviewing more than 200 veterans of the Guadalcanal campaign, both Allied and Japanese. Beginning with the events that preceded the battle for Guadalcanal during the Australian defense of the southern Solomon Islands in late 1941, Jersey details the military preparations made in response to intelligence describing the creation of an enemy air base within striking distance of American supply lines and recounts the civilian evacuation that followed the Japanese arrival in New Guinea. With the stage set, he turns to the campaign itself, with particular emphasis on the combat during the critical period of August to December 1942. While Guadalcanal is his primary focus, Jersey also covers the roles played by forces occupying the other Solomon Islands, including the plight of construction laborers, air crews, and ground units. This book, chock-full of gripping battlefield accounts and harrowing first-person narratives, draws together for the first time Allied and Japanese perspectives on the bloody contest. It is certain to become an indispensable asset to historians of World War II.
Black Cats ” ( night - flying Catalinas ) , sent from Leyte , patrolled twenty to thirty
miles ahead and on each flank . At about ozo0 December 15 , one of them
reported a surface contact approximately fifteen miles northwest of the Mindoro
Author: Samuel Eliot Morison
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Covers the taking of Mindoro as a stepping stone to Luzon, the major landings on the shores of Lingayen Gulf, and the amphibious landings that wrested Borneo from the Japanese, as well as the series of short, swift operations that liberated Palawan, Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, and Mindanao
Here is a personal history of the RAAF Catalina Flying boats based in Cairns, Karumba, Darwin and Melville Bay during World War II, and the men who flew and looked after them.
Author: Andrew McMillan
Category: Catalina (Seaplane)
Here is a personal history of the RAAF Catalina Flying boats based in Cairns, Karumba, Darwin and Melville Bay during World War II, and the men who flew and looked after them. This is the story of men from southern Australia trhrown into a hostile landscape, and their confrontations with tropical conditions, Aboriginal tribesmen, Yanks, air raids on Darwin, boredomand terror, sharks and of course the Japanese. Andrew McMillan has visited the bases, consulted the archives, and talked to many of the men involved.