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Revision date: December 6th, 2010;
Updated: "Calibrating PBY-6A airplane for meteorological purposes".
Calculated response of a PBY-6A airplane to a specified gust disturbance.
By E. Eugene Larrabee
Calibrating PBY-6A airplane for meteorological purposes (WHOI)
By Given A Brewer
A description is given of the experimental procedures which were designed to
prove the validity of the instrumental techniques and installation within the
PBY-6A airplane. Four transducing instruments monitoring the aircraft's
behavior were simultaneously observed with the use of multichannel
oscillographic equipment. Vector air speed, cg acceleration, pitch angel, and
altitude were continuosly recorded oscillographically. The aircraft was
subjected to a number of maneuvers in smooth air so that the performance of the
instruments might be checked under known conditions. A number of steep pullups
were executed, and the oscillographic records for these manuevers were
analyzed. For rates of vertical acceleration considerably greater than those
encountered during meteorological research, the velocities predicted from
acceleration measurements agreed with those deduced from altitude charges.
Within the range of velocity profiles sought, departures between the dynamic
and static lift coefficient, due to circulation lag, were negligible.
The PBY-6A behaved as a rigid body with no discernable errors due to wing whip.
The placement of accelerators within the fuselage of the PBY was not critical
in the determination of vertical acceleration.
Canadian Squadrons in Coastal Command.
By Andrew Hendrie
Vanwell Publishing Limited, PO box 2131,
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7S2, Canada.
Catalina, Neptune, and Orion;
in Australian Service.
By: Stewart Wilson
There is a photograph of a couple of RAAF types making adjustments
to a couple of JATO bottles on a Cat and some finer details on
page 60-61 of note is each rocket provided 1000lb of thrust - the RAAF tests
were with Aerojet Type 12AS-1000D solid propellent rocket bottles -
4 were used - 2 per side to the rear of the fuselage - the year seems
to be 1948 and the purpose to use the Cat for stores at Macquarie Island -
"The Cat A24-104 departed Hobart, and after a seen and half hour flight
made a succesful rough water landing and then departed in very adverse
conditions with the assistance of the JATO gear" The article also noted
earlier US tests were with 8 rockets in the original design.
A History of RAAF Operations.
By: David Vincent
Published: and 1981
125 pages, black and white pictures
By: Ross Ewing.
David Ling Publishing Limited, PO box 34-601
Birkenhead, Auckland 10, New Zealand.
Catalina Dreaming - Rescues, Exciting Missions and Other Stories
About the Famous Australian Flying Boats of WWII
By Andrew McMillan
Publisher: Duffy & Snellgrove
200 pages b/w photos
"From their bases in the north coast, Australians of 11 and 20 Squadrons
were able to carry out bombing raids and rescue missions as far away as the
coast of China. In researching this history of the RAAF Catalina flying boats
based in Cairns, Karumba, Darwin and Melville Bay during WWII, and the men
who flew and looked after them, the author has drawn on interviews with many
of the men involved as well as archival evidence"
Catalina mot ub�t
By: Harald Hartmann.
Published: 1998 by Wings Forlag A/S, Oslo, Norway
Pages: 176 pages and well illustrated.
Book review by Ragnar Ragnarsson:
This book is written in Norwegian. The author, Harald Hartmann, relates his
escape in a fishing boat from German occupied Norway to Scotland, after which
he joined the Royal Norwegian Naval Air Service and sailed to Canada for pilot
training. On completion of his training in Canada and the U.K., he joined No.
333 (Norwegian) Squadron�s A-Flight operating Catalinas out of Woodhaven,
Scotland. The book describes the operations he flew, including a flight to
Russia, and an attack on a German u-boat in which one of the crew was killed
and the Catalina damaged to the extent that it sank on return to base, never
to fly again.
Included in the book is a transcript of Hartmann's log book, listing all
flights he made with No. 131 Operational Training Unit (Catalinas), No. 333
Squadron�s A-Flight (Catalinas), No. 20 BABS Course, 1510 Flight (Ansons) and
No. 147 Squadron (Dakotas). The book also contains a list of all Catalinas
operated by No. 333 Squadron�s A-Flight 1942-1945.
The book is 176 pages and well illustrated.
Recommended to anyone interested in wartime Catalina operations in the
Atlantic. Hartmann also gives a good account of the life in the squadron at
the little known Scottish base 333(N) Sqn operated from, Woodhaven.
Catalina Squadrons First and Furthest;
Recounting operations RAAF Catalinas.
By: Jack Riddell
CONSOLIDATED PBY CATALINA, Warpaint Series No.79
By; Charles Stafrace
Publish Date: Thu 13 Jan 2011
The Cat Has Nine Lives
By: Robins, Fred.
Reprinted and published by the Western Australian Museum:
ISBN: 9 781920 843212 Paper Back
A fictionalised semi-biographical account of life on the Catalina flying boats
operating low level minelaying and Air-Sea rescue missions in Asia and the
south west Pacific during WW II, by a noted Western Australian Catalina pilot.
Fred is the president of the catalina Club of Western Australia
and on the Committee for the American Catalina Memorial
and was a Pilot in RAAF Catalina squadrons in WWII.
Info provided by Bob Cleworth.
Review by Eric McKay:
Title: "Cat has nine lives"
Author: Fred Robbins
Second edition 2005
ISBN 1 920843 21 3
The writer , Fred Robbins, was a PBY pilot, 1944/45.
From 2 of the photographs in the book it would appear he flew both Spitfires
and Beaufighters somewhere along the way.
In all a good read.
I mistook the meaning of the title. It refers to the 9 crew [ RAAF carried 9 ].
I was thinking it referred to the PBY itself.
Even though it is projected as fiction , the story comes across as being
the real thing and I am prepared to believe that is so, as the story
proceeds to examine the thoughts and concerns of individual crew members.
The book carries a good photograph of the author , Fred Robbins, and Sgt
Reg. Cleworth - brother of our Bob Cleworth - Taken at RAAF Laverton in
1943 in front of their Beaufighter.
Review by Andy Wright:
The book is a fictional account of a Royal Australian Air Force Catalina
(Black Cat) flying boat crew during the latter stages of World War II.
The author was also a Catalina pilot during this period so he writes with
some authority. Each chapter relates various operations and escapades as
seen through the eyes of a particular crewman who the reader is first
introduced to. The writing is easy to follow and the reader gets a real feel
of the time through the use of authentic language and slang. Only someone who
lived through these times can achieve this with any authenticity.
The reader is introduced to the crew of nine (hence the clever title) when
they are flying long range missions to mine Japanese harbours. They later move
on to perform Air-Sea Rescue of downed fliers. The operational flying, again,
has an authentic feel to the extent that it reads like a factual memoir.
The author must have based some of the stories on his and maybe his squadron
mates. Whatever he did, he has written a good book that, although fictional,
is worth reading for some insight into what these men did in the big, slow,
Cats at War.
The story of RAAF Catalinas in the Asia-Pacific Theatre of War.
By: Coral Gaunt and Robert Cleworth
Published: June 2000
Published by J. R. Cleworth, 7 Wandella Avenue, Roseville 2069, Australia
includes an index and Honour Roll
103 Illustrations includes 2 Colour Plates.
or available from Catalina PBY Foundation.
Cats Over the Atlantic; VPB-73 in World War II.
By: Robert L. Carlisle, USNR (Ret.)
Foreword by Charles S. Minter, Jr.(Vice-Admiral, USN(Ret.)
190 pages, illustrated, maps.
Publisher: Fithian Press, Santa Barbara
Walt Butterfield comments: Good reading!
Knew a number of crewmen ... pilots, mentioned in the book.
VAdm. Chalres S. Minter, Jr. writes:"A soundly researched and vividly
narrated account.... [Carlisle] has skillfully interwoven the history
of the squadron into the tapestry of the war at large...[and] offers a
skillful blend of personal anecdotes and operational situations that
makes for fascinating reading." --VAdm. Chalres S. Minter, Jr. USN (Ret.),
from the Foreword.
By: Win Stites, VP-91, President of the PBY Memorial Association.
PBY Tales told by veteran crew members and pilots (including Win Stites himself)
who flew the PBY Catalina in training and combat in WWII.
several cartoon like illustrations
size 8.5 x 5.5
Great stories, serious and humorous.
Price USD 12.00
Available from the PBY Memorial Museum, see: http://www.pbyma.org/index.html
Center of the Storm;
Subtitle: The bombing of Dutch Harbor and the experience of
Patrol Wing Four in the Aleutians, Summer 1942.
By: Jeff Dickrell
Published for the Museum of the Aleutians, Unalaska, Alaska, by
Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, Inc., Missoula, Montana.
Pages: 126 with abt. 300 photos
The book contains oral histories and photographs relating to PatWing 4
operations in the Aleutians in the summer of 1942, and is avalable
from the Museum of the Aleutians http://www.aleutians.org/
Input by Ragnar Ragnarson, Iceland.
Combined Fleet Decoded - The secret history of American Intelligence and the
japanese Navy in World War II
By John Prados
Published by the Naval Institute Press
One very good book which has a lot of PBY references is John Prados'
"Combined Fleet Decoded", which Bob Cleworth birddogged me to.
Frequently in the Pacific because of Ultra, the Allied high command knew
where a Jap fleet was but didn't want to attack out of the blue, figuring
the Japanese would then figure out we had busted their codes as they did
many of ours. So they would send out a PBY to spot the fleet 'just by chance'
and it was important that the PBY be seen by the Japanese so that when the
attack came the Japs would think, "That damn PBY saw us!" This was dangerous
to the health-and-comfort of the PBY crews in a 100-knot flying boat but the
big picture demanded the potential sacrifices. Only a very few in the highest
seagoing positions were cleared for Ultra to reduce the chance of the Japanese
capturing one of them.
And much of the good work our submarines did was because their skippers had
chapter-and-verse on location, make-up , course and speed data courtesy of
Even many years later the Allied officers who knew of Ultra wouldn't talk
about it very much. But the surviving Japanese high-rankers had no such
qualms, and Prados interviewed many of them. Okay, he refers to 'knots per
hour' but that just shows he wasn't a sailor.
Text by Allan Lebaron
Conflict over the Bay:
Momentous Battles Fought by RAF and American Aircraft against the U-Boats,
Bay of Biscay May-August 1943
By Norman Franks
Format: Hardcover, 288pp
Pub. Date: June 1999
Publisher: Grub Street
Consolidated PBY Catalina, cz 1. (ML84)
Monograph Lotnicze (Polish bookserie)
English captions, excellent scale plans and color artwork.
Consolidated PBY Catalina, cz 2. (Monografie Lotnicze #85)
By Krzysztof Janowicz & Lechoslaw Musialkowski
Monograph Lotnicze (Polish bookserie)
English captions, excellent scale plans and color artwork.
Polish-language history of the 'Cat' in service with the air arms of the USA,
Britain and many other countries, together with much valuable information for
the modeller. Separate 1:48 scale plans. 45 colour profiles. Colour 3-views.
229 black/white and 5 colour photos. English captions.
CONSOLIDATED CATALINA I, IB, II AND IV
CRECY PUBLISHING LTD 60pp mm PAPERBACK.
THE CONSOLIDATED PBY CATALINA
By: E. Cassagneres
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina in Argentine Service.
Serie Aeronaval n� 13
By: Jorge Nunez Padin.
Spanish text with an English abstract.
many b&w photos and color drawings.
Tells the story of the Catalina in Argentine service, with detailed histories
of each aircarft. No ISBN number.Summarizing: an excellent book.
To obtain it, contact with the author and editor Jorge Nunez Padin
at his site: www.fuerzasnavales.com "Monogravias"
By: V. R. Kotelnikov
ISBN: 5-85875-036-2 (Russian)
Consolidated PBY Catalina;
The Peacetime Record.
By: David Legg
297 pages, 16 pages colour plus 380 b/w photographs
The Consolidated PBY Catalina.
Profile publications number 183 (modelling)
The sentinel of the Pacific.
N.V. Nederlandsche Vliegtuigenfabriek Fokker
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