BOOKs: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org [30APR2016]
BOOKs: 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 email@example.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]
BOOKs: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for ordering information. [06JAN2001]
BOOKs: Title: We Flew Alone: United States Navy B-24 Squadrons in the Pacific (February 1943-September 1944) by Alan C. Carey email@example.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]
"...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 firstname.lastname@example.org..." [30DEC98]
BOOKs: 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 email@example.com [07JAN2001]
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