Just as the A-1H Skyraider, NE/572 “Paper Tiger II” was being shot off the deck of the USS MIDWAY, a 1MC message came from the bridge, ‘What the hell was on 572’s right wing?’ Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction……….. According to Squadron Historian Holt Livesay, on 4 November on the last mission of the […]


Consolidated PBY Catalina Color Photographs Part 4

If I don’t build my Monogram PBY next, it’s not for lack of motivators like Jeff…

Inch High Guy

PBY_41_PBY-5A_VP-61_Aleutians_Mar1943A PBY-5A Catalina amphibian from VP-61 flies over the rugged Aleutian landscape in March 1943. Aerials for the surface search radar can be seen under the wings.
PBY_42_AleutiansAnother photograph from the Aleutians shows this PBY moored to a buoy with others visible in the background. Flying boat squadrons could be based in sheltered bays and supported from seaplane tenders, many of which in the US Navy were converted from flush-deck destroyers.
PBY_43_Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. William_P_LeahyA pre-war photograph taken in 1939 shows a Catalina from Patrol Squadron 51 in the colorful yellow wings markings. Posed in front of the aircraft is the Governor of Puerto Rico, William P. Leahy.
PBY_44_Vice Admiral Patrick N.L. Bellinger, USN, Stands in Center of Large Group of French and American Naval Officers at NAS, Norfolk, VirginiaVADM Patrick Bellinger presides over a ceremony at NAS Norfolk. The PBY is finished in the Atlantic ASW scheme of Gull Gray over White. Note the asymmetric demarcation of the color separation on the fuselage.
PBY_45_brazilian-pby-5a-amphibians-handed-over-by-vp-94-oct-1944-at-rioVP-94 transfers their PBY-5A’s to the Brazilian Navy in this…

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Making history…


Lisieux; Lower Normandy; France. This photograph was taken in the early hours of D-Day, 6th June 1944 by a No.140 Squadron Mosquito MM312 crewed by F/O J.M. Cartmell and F/Sgt M.J. Hubert using flash bombs for night time PR work. The sortie, which included a target at Evreux as well as at Lisieux was recorded in the Squadron’s Records of Operations quite simply as “Photographs of both targets with the use of 12 flashes. Searchlights and light flak from Bernay. No other incidents” Source: NCAP used under license


The ability to predict what will happen or be needed in the future.

In the 37 days between 1 May and 6 June 1944 the RAF’s No.140 Squadron flew at total of 143 operational sorties over France in an effort to provide badly needed foresight to the Allied Supreme Command on what would happen on Invasion…

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