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: "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 email@example.com..." [06JUN2000]
BOOKs: Title: The Fighting Flying Boat: A History of the Martin PBM Mariner by Richard Alden Hoffman firstname.lastname@example.org.
Squadrons, Tenders, etc. include: VP-13, VP-16, VP-17, VP-19, VP-20, VP-21, VP-22, VP-25, VP-26, VP-27, VP-28, VP-32, VP-55, VP-56, VP-73, VP-74, VP-98, VP-100, VP-104, VP-111, VP-117, VP-119, VP-120, VP-201, VP-202, VP-203, VP-204, VP-205, VP-207, VP-208, VP-209, VP-210, VP-211, VP-212, VP-213, VP-216, VH-1, VH-3, VH-4, FAW-3, FAW-5, FAW-9, FAW-11, FAW-12, FAW-16, USS Albemarle (AV-5), USS Pocomoke (AV-9), USS Casco (AVP-12), USS Chincoteague (AVP-24), USS Pocomoke (AV-9), and USS Chandeleur (AV-10).
MOVIE: "17APR47--PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION AWARDED NAVY PATROL BOMBING SQUADRON 117...Control Number: NWDNM(m)-428-NPC-19312...General Material: Motion picture films...Description Unit: Item...Record Group: 428...Series Designator: NPC...Item Designator: 19312...Title: PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION AWARDED NAVY PATROL BOMBING SQUADRON 117...Date: 04/17/1947...Format: unedited...Scope & Content: 1) MLS Interior - Naval officer from Navy Patrol Bombing Squadron 117, receiving award at Navy Dept.2) CU Same.3) CU Asst. Sec. of the Navy for Air, John Nioholas Brown reading citation.4) CU Capt. Everett O. Rigsbee, Jr., Comdr. Harold W. McDonald, Comdr. Roger J. Crowley, Jr. receive the award for the squadron.5) LS Members of the unit present at the ceremony.6) CU Two Navy Capt. & 1 Comdr. shake hands after award has been given.QUALITY: Good. Subject Ref.: AWARDS, Pres. Unit Citation; AWARDS, presenting; OFFICERS, USN; BLDGS, Navy Dept.; BROWN, John Nicholas. Ass't Sec. of Navy for Air; CEREMONIES, citations; RIGSBEE, Everett O, Jr. Capt.; McDONALD, Harold W. Co; CROWLEY, Roger J., Jr., Comdr. Use Restrictions: Other. Department of the Navy, Naval Photographic Center Contact: Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch (NWDNM), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 PHONE: (301) 713-7060 FAX: (301) 713-6904" NARA ARCHIVAL INFORMATION LOCATOR (NAIL) http://www.archives.gov/index.html
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 email@example.com for ordering information. [06JAN2001]
BOOKs: Title: Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 117 The Blue Raiders VPB 117, 1944-1945, United States Navy (cover). Graham B. Squires, ed. N.p., [1985?]. 330 leaves, blue paper cover with black printing and a PB4Y 1, spiral binding, 28 x 21.6 cm, photos, ports., map, roster. PNAM. This is not a true cruise book, but an account written many years after the events. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/cruise-books/wwii-cruise-books-biblography/naval-aviation-unit-books/air-squadrons.html
BOOKs: Title: We Flew Alone: United States Navy B-24 Squadrons in the Pacific (February 1943-September 1944) by Alan C. Carey firstname.lastname@example.org "...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 email@example.com..." [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 firstname.lastname@example.org [07JAN2001]
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