BOOKs: Title: "I was there when the world stood still" This book tells how the bombing of Pearl Harbor changed the life of a Kansas farm-boy from farmer to PB4Y pilot/navigator and served during WWII in European/African with VPB-112, FAW-7 & FAW-15 and was awarded the DFC and Air Medal with three gold stars. K. Ray Marrs firstname.lastname@example.org [01OCT2003]
"...I have just been informed that my book, I was there when the world stood still , is helping in the research on NAAS Upottery, England . That was our home base for VPB-112 and VPB-107 of FAW-7 during the final days of WWII...K. Ray Marrs email@example.com..." [15APR2006]
BOOKs: Title: "Consolidated-Vultee PB4Y-2 Privateer: The Operational History of the U.S. Navy's World War II Patrol/Bomber Aircraft by Alan C. Carey."
Format: Paperback, 176pp
Pub. Date: March 2005
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd
The first comprehensive examination of the Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corporation's (Convair) PB4Y-2 Privateer, a 70,000-pound patrol bomber equipped with state-of-the-art electronics gear, armed with twelve .50-caliber machine guns, and the capability to deliver bombs, depth charges, and guided missiles. Beginning with the development and production of the aircraft, this book presents an in-depth examination of the patrol bomber's entire operational history from 1942 to the present. Containing nearly 300 color and b/w photographs and line art, the book covers the PB4Y-2's service with the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, French Aeronavale, Republic of China Air Force, various countries of Latin America, and finally as a slurry bomber for aerial fire fighting companies.
USN squadrons covered in the book include: VP-23, VP-24, VP-25, VP-26, VP-28, VP-772, VP-801, VP-871, VP-881, VPB-102, VPB-104, VPB-106, VPB-107, VPB-108, VPB-109, VPB-111, VPB-114, VPB-116, VPB-117, VPB-118, VPB-119, VPB-120, VPB-121, VPB-122, VPB-123, VPB-124, VPB-143, VPB-197, VPB-200, VPW-1 and VPW-2. [20JAN2005]
ORIGINAL REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: "...I'm interested in obtaining post WW-II photos of PB4Ys including those that served with France, China, and other countries. A few squadrons that flew PB4Y include: VD-2, VP-9, VP-17, VP-22, VP-23, VP-24, VP-28, VP-42, VP-120, VP-122, VP-143, VP-197, VP-200, VP-772, VP-871, VPW-1, VPW-2, VPW-3, VPM-1, VJ-1, VJ-61, VW-1, VW-2, VC-11, to mention a few! As you know, the PB4Y-2 continues to serve after 56 years of service. I am thinking of doing a pictorial history of the PB4Y-1 and 2 (1946-Present). Anyone interested contributing photos and stories will be credited in the book. I will pay for the cost of copying. Sincerely, Alan C. Carey firstname.lastname@example.org..." [06JUN2000]
BOOKs: Title: "Galloping Ghosts of the Brazilian Coast" - I've got another book out. This time, I explore United States Naval Air Operations in the South Atlantic against U-boats and Italian submarines. The title, Galloping Ghosts of the Brazilian Coast: United States Naval Air Operations in the South Atlantic during World War II, covers operations by FAW-16. Squadrons include: VC-9, VP-45, VP-52, VP-74, VP-83, VP-94, VB-107, VB-127, VB-129, VB-130, VB-134, VB-143, and VB-211. Thanks. Alan C. Carey email@example.com [08JUN2004]
BOOKs: Title: "U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24) Squadrons in Great Britain During World War II" by Alan Carey firstname.lastname@example.org is the story of U.S. Navy Fleet Air Wing Seven (FAW-7) and the men who flew the Navy version of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber between 1943 and 1945.
Profusely illustrated and containing a wealth of first-hand stories and information, the book documents the daily life of Navy Liberator aircrews stationed at Dunkeswell and Upottery, England during World War II. Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator squadrons were unlike their counterparts in the U.S. Army's 8th Air Force, who battled their way through thick flak and swarms of German fighters while flying to and from targets in continental Europe. Often, Navy aircrews fought battles of boredom and fatigue while flying 12-hour patrols. The job of U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator aircrews was to keep German U-boats from successfully operating in the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel by going out day after day, often in miserable weather conditions, on unrelenting search and destroy missions. During the war, FAW-7 Liberators were responsible for the sinking of five U-boats and damaging many more. However, the men of Dunkeswell paid a heavy price for keeping the U-boat menace in check. Between 1943 and 1945, nearly 200 Navy Liberator personnel serving with FAW-7 were killed in either operational accidents or combat.
Over 300 photographs
Wing Organizational Structure
U-boat Contacts and Kills Attributed to FAW-7 PB4Y-1 Liberators
FAW-7 Operational Sorties
FAW-7 Commanding Officers
FAW-7 PB4Y-1 Losses
FAW-7 Squadron Disposition of PB4Y-1 Liberators
[Most all squadrons attached to FAW-7 are mentioned or has pictures showing many crews. The following squadrons served with FAW-7: VP-103, VP-105, VP-107, VP-110, VP-112, and VP-114] [Book Now Published 23JAN2003 | 11NOV2001]
BOOKs: Title: "Atlantic Air War: Sub Hunters vs. U-Boats" by Jack Lambert [Most all squadrons attached to FAW-7 are mentioned or has pictures showing many crews. The following squadrons served with FAW-7: VP-103, VP-105, VP-107, VP-110, VP-112, and VP-114. I have not seen the book so I don't know if every squadron is represented.] [28NOV99]
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