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BooksBOOKs: Eyes On The Fleet Title: Eyes of the Fleet: Cloaked by jungle foliage, the unheralded seaplane tenders operated ahead of the Fleet, like the Navy's famed PT boats. As Halsey's South Pacific, MacArthur's Southwest Pacific, and Spruance's Central Pacific forces advanced toward Japan, these ships served as afloat-bases for patrol planes referred to as the "eyes of the fleet." The large fabric-clad PBY "Catalinas" and later PBM "Mariners" combed the seaways for Japanese forces and carried out bombing, depth charge, and torpedo attacks on enemy ships and submarines. Nighttime anti-shipping operations-"Black Cat" or "Nightmare" missions-were dangerous and daytime combat operations even more so, when encounters with more maneuverable and heavily-armed fighters necessitated hiding in clouds to survive. The Japanese were keen to destroy the scouts and their floating bases, and seaplane tenders often lived a furtive existence, particularly early in the war. Pilots, plane crews and shipboard personnel received scores of awards for valor, including the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Silver and Bronze Star Medals. A few VP Squadrons mentioned include: VP-1, VP-11/VPB-11, VP-12, VP-13/VPB-13, VP-14, VP-16/VPB-16, VP-18/VPB-18, VPB-19, VPB-20, VP-21/VPB-21, VP-22, VP-23/VPB-23, VP-24, VPB-25, VPB-26, VPB-27, VPB-28, VP-32, VP-33/VPB-33, VP-34/VPB-34, VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-44, VP-45, VP-51, VP-52, VP-53, VPB-54, VP-61, VP-62, VP-63/VPB-63, VP-71/VPB-71, VP-72, VP-73, VPB-74, VP-81, VP-82, VP-83, VP-84, VP-91, VP-92, VP-94, VP-101/VPB-101, VP-102/VPB-102, VPB-103, VPB-104, VPB-105, VPB-106, VB-106, VB-108, VPB-109, VPB-110, VPB-111, VPB-112, VPB-114, VP-115, VPB-116, VPB-117, VPB-118, VPB-123, VPB-130, VB/VPB-137, VPB-142, VB-143, VPB-146, VPB-151, VP-202/VPB-202, VP-204, VP-205, VPB-208, VP-216/VPB-216, VD-3, VH-1, VH-2, VH-3, VH-4, VH-6, VS-1D-11, VS-1D-13, VS-1D-14 and VT-3. A few Seaplane Tenders mentioned include: USS Absecon, USS Albemarle, USS Avocet, USS Ballard, USS Barataria, USS Barnegat, USS Belknap, USS Clemson, USS George E. Badger, USS Goldsborough, USS Osmond, USS Ingram, USS Bering Strait, USS Biscayne, USS Casco, USS Castle Rock, USS Chandeleur, USS Childs, USS Chincoteague, USS Cook Inlet, USS Coos Bay, USS Corson, USS Cumberland Sound, USS Currituck, USS Curtiss, USS Duxbury Bay, USS Floyds Bay, USS Gannet, USS Gardiners Bay, USS Gillis, USS Greene, USS Greenwich Bay, USS Half Moon, USS Hamlin, USS Heron, USS Hulbert, USS Humboldt, USS Kenneth Whiting, USS Langley, USS Lapwing, USS Mackinac, USS Matagorda, USS McFarland, USS Norton Sound, USS Onslow, USS Orca, USS Pelican, USS Pine Island, USS Pocomoke, USS Rehoboth, USS Rockaway, USS Salisbury Sound, USS San Carlos, USS San Pablo, USS Shelikof, USS St. George, USS Suisun, USS Swan, USS Tangier, USS Thornton, USS Thrush, USS Timbalier, USS Unimak, USS Valcour, USS William B. Preston, USS Williamson, USS Wright and USS Yakutat. The U.S. Navy's Seaplane Tenders and Patrol Aircraft in World War II is now available from Heritage Books: http://www.heritagebooks.com/. Contributed by CDR David D. Bruhn commanderbruhn@gmail.com [30APR2016]


BooksBOOKs: VPNAVY BookTitle: "Consolidated-Vultee PB4Y-2 Privateer: The Operational History of the U.S. Navy's World War II Patrol/Bomber Aircraft by Alan C. Carey."

Product Details:
ISBN: 0764321668
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 acarey@austin.rr.com..." [06JUN2000]


Note NOTICE: "...Looking for a replacement for my VPB-109 book, a pictorial record of combat in the Western Pacific from April 1945 to August 1945. Copyright 1946 by Lieutanant Theodore M. Steele, USNR. Can you assist me in this or can you offer me any suggestions to acquire this. Thanks, from Herbert E. Floriani herbflo@juno.com, LCDR Ret. USNR..." [22FEB2001]


BooksBOOKs: VPNAVY BookTitle: "Junior: The Tales of a Teenage Naval Airman in World War II" "You're a blood-thirsty little devil!" You're fighting on the wrong side. You should be fighting for Hitler!" Junior's pilot told him, accusing the young aerial gunner of firing on friendly island natives. Were the people he killed civilians or enemy troops? Find out in, Junior: The Tales of a Teenage Naval Airman in World War II; a first-hand account of a American teenager battling military regulations while fighting the Japanese in the Central Pacific. The co-author, Robert W. Carey, was a sixteen-year-old kid who joined the United States Navy in September 1942 and became a hardened combat veteran at eighteen. Junior: The Tales of a Teenage Naval Airman in World War II, is a telling story of combat and the everyday life of serving on island bases in the Pacific. Mr. Carey describes the living conditions on the islands, of a near starvation diet, and what if felt like to kill a man with a fifty-caliber machine gun. Junior: The Tales of a Teenage Naval Airman in World War II, by Robert W. Carey as told to Alan C. Carey. ISBN1576382303 (softcover) 1576382311 (hardback 29.95), 146 pages, 26 photographs. For further information contact: Alan C. Carey at acarey@austin.rr.com [04OCT2001]


BooksBOOKs: Title: "Above an Angry Sea: United States B-24 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer Operations in the Pacific (October 1944 to August 1945) by Alan C. Carey acarey@austin.rr.com. Above an Angry Sea chronicles USN B-24 Liberator (PB4Y-1) and PB4Y-2 Privateer operations in the Pacific. The author's previous book, We Flew Alone, discussed the Navy's use of the B-24 Liberator from February 1943 to September 1944. He now examines in dramatic detail the use of the B-24 and PB4Y-2 during the last eleven months of the war against Japan. The author has collected personal stories, over 200 photographs, a tabulation of all aerial kills credited to PB4Y patrol plane commanders, a roster of all personnel killed in action or in the line of duty, individual squadron records, and a list of all known B-24 Liberators and PB4Y-2 Privateers assigned to the Pacific between 1943 and 1945. , over 200 b/w and color photographs, 8 1/2" x 11" Squadrons mentioned: VP-101, VP-102, VP-104, VP-106, VP-108, VP-109, VP-111, VP-115, VP-116, VP-117, VP-118, VP-119, VP-120, VP-122, VP-123, VD-4, and VD-5. [16MAR2001]


BooksBOOKs: Title: Above an Angry Sea by Alan C. Carey "...Operations in the Pacific October 1944 through August 1945..." Squadrons mentioned: VPB-101, VPB-102, VPB-104, VPB-106, VPB-108, VPB-109, VPB-111, VPB-115, VPB-116, VPB-117, VPB-118, VPB-119, VPB-120, VPB-121, VPB-122, VPB-123, VPB-124, VD-4, and , VD-5. Contact Alan C. Carey acarey@austin.rr.com for ordering information. [06JAN2001]


BooksBOOKs: Title: The Reluctant Raiders: The Reluctant Raiders: The History of VB/VPB-109 by Alan Carey acarey@austin.rr.com" Squadron mentioned in this book include: VB-102, VB-108, VB-116, VPB-118, VPB-123, VD-3. [10DEC98]


BooksBOOKs: Title: Bombing Squadron (VB) 109 A Pictorial Record of the Combat Duty of Bombing Squadron One Hundred Nine in the Central Pacific, 28 December 1943-14 August 1944, Dedicated to the Officers and Men of the Squadron. Theodore M. Steele. N.p., [1944?]. 23 x 31 cm, photos, ports. Dornbusch 1950: 1063. No known copy location.. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/cruise-books/wwii-cruise-books-biblography/naval-aviation-unit-books/air-squadrons.html
Author: Steele, Theodore M. / Title: A Pictorial Record of the combat duty of Patrol Bombing Squadron 109 in the Western Pacific, 20 Apr. 1945 - 15 Aug. 1945 / Description: New York, General Offset Co., Inc., 1946. fair. approx. 60. Topic/Keywords: Cruise Books Pacific Theater WWII / http://www.interloc.com/ NOTE: Select BOOK SEARCH and enter Steele, Theodore [06SEP98]


BooksBOOKs: Title: Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 109 A Pictorial Record of the Combat Duty of Patrol Bombing Squadron One Hundred Nine in the Western Pacific, 20 April 1945- 15 August 1945, Dedicated to the Officers and Men Who Gave Their Lives That We May Live in Peace. Cover: Patrol Bombing Squadron 109. Lt. Theodore M. Steele, USNR. New York: General Offset Co., 1946. 32 leaves, flexible blue cover with gold and silver printing, 23 x 30.4 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. Dornbusch 1950: 1064. PNAM.. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/cruise-books/wwii-cruise-books-biblography/naval-aviation-unit-books/air-squadrons.html


BooksBOOKs: Title: "I took the sky road" by Comdr. Norman M. Miller, USN, as told to Hugh B. Cave. Illustrated with official U.S. navy photographs. Author Miller, Norman Mickey 1908-Published New York Dodd, Mead & company 1945 STATUS McFarlin Books 940.544 M649I. Description: xii, 212 p. illus. (maps) plates, ports. 22 cm. Includes the author's exploits as commanding officer of U.S. navy Bombing squadron 109. United States Navy Bombing squadron 109 .. http://library.utulsa.edu/search/w?navy+patrol+bombing+squadron


BooksBOOKs: Title: We Flew Alone: United States Navy B-24 Squadrons in the Pacific (February 1943-September 1944) by Alan C. Carey acarey@austin.rr.com "...This is the story of men who served in a little known aspect of World War II, United States Navy patrol bombing squadrons which flew the B-24 Liberator. This book covers the period from February 1943 to September 1944-from the time of the first Navy heavy bombing (VB) squadron's arrival in the South Pacific, during the Solomon and the New Georgia Campaigns, to the final campaigns in the Central Pacific. These bomber crews flew often alone on searches that extended 800 to 1,000 nautical miles across an empty and unforgiving ocean. When a crew was lost, more often than not, their fellow squadron members never knew what happened to them. This book is dedicated to those who paid the extreme price and for the survivors who flew alone in the B-24 PB4Y-1 Liberator..." [31JUL2000]

UPDATE "...I am having a book published on all PB4Y-1 and PB4Y-2 Squadrons which served in the Pacific. This will be a very extensive project and I will need additional photographs and stories. This book will cover the combat history of VP/VPB-101, VP/VPB-102, VP/VPB-104, VP/VPB-106, VP/VPB-108, VP/VPB-109, VP/VPB-111, VP/VPB-115, VP/VPB-116, VP/VPB-117, VP/VPB-118, VP/VPB-119, VP/VPB-120, VP/VPB-121, VP/VPB-122, VP/VPB-123, VP/VPB-124, VD-1, VD-3, VD-4, and VD-5. Anyone interested contributing photos and stories will be credited in the book. I will pay for the cost of copying. Sincerely, Alan C. Carey acarey@austin.rr.com..." [30DEC98]


BooksBOOKs: Title: "Log of the Liberators: An Illustrated History of the B-24" by Steve. Birdsall [Squadrons mentioned: VP-24, VB-48, VB-51, VB-55, VP-63, VP-64, VB-101/VPB-101, VB-102, VB-103, VB-104/VPB-104, VB-106/VPB-106, VB-108/VPB-108, VB-109/VPB-109, VPB-111, VB-115, VPB-116, VPB-117, VPB-118, VPB-123, VPB-124, VB-128, VB-129, VB-130, VB-131, VB-132, VB-133, VB-134, VB-135, VB-136, VB-137, VB-138, VPB-139/VPB-139, VB-140, VB-141, VB-143, VB-147, VB-148/VPB-148, VB-154/VPB-154, VPB-156, VPB-157, VPB-159, VB-193, VC-5, VD-1, VD-3, VD-5, VW-3, etc.] ISBN:0-385-03870-4 Printed by Doubleday & Company, Inc Garden City, New York. Book information contributed by Bill Woodard billwood@mail.utexas.edu [07JAN2001]


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