U.S. Navy PBY Catalina Units of the Atlantic War
This is part of the Osprey Combat Aircraft Series, compiled by series editor Tony Holmes. This is part of two books covering the story of Consolidated PBY Catalina patrol bomber operations during WWII.
The first volume covers the U.S. Navy operations in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. This includes missions such as submarine hunting, air sea rescue, and night anti-shipping sorties.
The second volume covers U.S. Navy PBY missions in the Atlantic Theatre of Operations.
Both books tell the story of this well-known patrol bomber, including the history of the military units that flew them. The beginning chapters cover the early development period, and lead into the early days of WWII. Because of its early deployment in the Pacific and operations during and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Catalina seems to be better known for its missions against the Japanese. These included long-range patrol, anti-submarine operations, search and rescue, and night anti-shipping raids. However, the PBY was also an important factor in the Atlantic Theatre. It played an important part in the destruction of the German submarine wolf packs that preyed on shipping in the vital routes between the U.S. and Europe.
This is well covered in these two well written books. Both books include excellent color and black and white photos showing unit markings and color schemes, which will be of interest to aircraft modelers and aircraft historians. These books are highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of the Consolidated PBY Catalina in WWII.