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      "13 Squadron story"
      Written and published by Sid Grantham.
      A superb book which tells the official and unofficial history of Number 13 Squadron RAAF during its war time exsitence from 1940 - 1946.
      The book contains over 160 pages and is full of very interesting facts and figures, thumb nail sketches of who is who in the Squadron
      and many war time photographs.
      The back cover shows a picture of the Squadron's unofficial badge as squadrons formed during war time were not allowed official badges.
      See: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PBY/message/19331


      Abandon Ship (USS Indianapolis)
      By: Richard Newcomb
      Discription of PBY part by Hank Aries, (N7GGC)
      Factual book, the OA10 on scene was Richard C. Alcorn of 4th ERS on Pelieu
      who arrived at twilight and picked up one man but had to shut down because
      of danger of taxi-ing into others. Lt. Marks was taken on tour of scene by
      PV standing by and was able to land in daylight in vicinity of large group
      and elected to go after most vulnerable single sailors as groups together
      had better odds. They picked up 54 taxi-ing around and at dark ARM3/c Roland
      Shepard and S1/c Warren Kirchoff volunteered and went out in raft and got
      2 more. The USS Doyle picked up these 56 + 1 from 4th ERS. It took 2 hours
      to transfer from Lt Marks PBY to Doyle without smashing it. Marks crew then
      stayed aboard rest of night and removed priority gear as plane was damaged
      from bumps from Doyle. In light of day Marks crew and salvaged gear were
      picked up and PBY sunk by gunfire. Our crew Lt Marmon and Lt Mykland arrived
      from Ulithi on that day along with planes and ships from all over area.
      Last part deals with court martial of Capt Mcvey.
      Published by Harper Torch.
      First published 1958
      New version 2001 pocket book.
      ISBN 0-380-81904-x
      To order in USA call: 1 800 331 3761


      The African Catalina.
      By: Mike Shirley-Beavan.
      ISBN: 0-9515209-4-6
      Published: 1994
      127 pages


      "AIRBORNE ESPIONAGE"
      BY DAVID OLIVER
      ISBN 0-7509-3870-6
      AS PER HIS RESEARCH THE BELOVED "CATALINA" WAS IN MORE PLACES THAN
      A HUNGRY ALLEY CAT.
      FLYING OUT OF SCOTLAND TO NORWAY, SWEDEN, DENMARK AND FINLAND AS WELL AS
      RUSSIA ON SPY DROP OFF AND PICK UP OF OUR HEROIC SNOOPS
      THEN INTO THE SOUTH PACIFIC ISLAND BAYS. LAKES AND RIVERS DOING THE SAME THING.
      IT IS NEAT BOOK, SHORT FACTS OF WHAT THEY DID, NOT LOTS OF NARRATIVE ABOUT THE
      SPY'S, ALL YOU PILOTS WILL ENJOY THE CRAZY EPISODES OF THEIR LANDINGS IN THE
      DARK IN SOME ONES MUDDY FIELD AND THE TYPE OF AC USED,
      ALSO GOOD THING THEY WERE YOUNG AND HAD LITTLE SENSE OF FEAR
      REMINDS ME A LITTLE OF THE "FLYING WEATHER MEN OF THE ALEUTIANS"
      BILL, VP-43


      "Aircraft Production during World War II: Boeing Aircraft of Canada: PBY and B-29"

      By John G. Nellist ISBN: 1426938209

      http://www.amazon.com/Aircraft-Production-during-World-War/dp/1426938209/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1293751227&sr=8-1

      Paperback: 68 pages
      Publisher: Trafford Publishing (October 4, 2010)
      Language: English
      ISBN-10: 1426938209
      ISBN-13: 978-1426938207
      Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
      Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces


      As a teenager, Jack Nellist was given the opportunity to help build two World War II aircraft, an experience he will never forget.

      In 1941, a new plant was completed on Sea Island in Vancouver, B.C., for the production of the Consolidated Catalina PBY-5 flying boat.

      Boeing Aircraft of Canada had received a contract from Consolidated Aircraft Co. of San Diego, designers of the plane, to build the plane in Canada.

      The first Catalina built by Boeing Canada rolled out of the factory on July 27, 1942.

      The aircraft was christened Athlone in a colorful ceremony on the tarmac.

      The Catalina rolled down the ramp into the Fraser River amid the cheers of seven thousand workers.

      Jack had been building model airplanes since the age of ten.

      In 1944, after completing an Aeronautical Drafting course, he decided to apply for a job at Boeing Aircraft.

      He was only sixteen years old, with no previous experience as a draftsman.

      After an interview, he was told to report for work the next day at the Sea Island plant.

      In Aircraft Production During World War II, he shares a firsthand account of the craft of building the airplanes
      that were so critical to success during World War II.


      Airfield Focus 13: Sullom Voe & Scatsta.
      By: Peter Ward
      Published:


      Airmen at the helm.
      By: Erik Blackman
      Book Description: Arima Publishing, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 156mm x 7mm x 234mm. "Bombing up" a Catalina flying boat. I was "promoted" to deck hand on bomb scow 34. During bad weather aircraft were towed into the shelter of the harbour mouth and moored to replenish depth charges. On one such occasion scow 34 was completing delivery of four charges under the instruction of two bomb armourers. As the charge was winched and secured to its rack under the aircraft's wing, the fusing device was connected. This looked like a large wire paper clip. When the charge was released, a plunger in the shape of a car piston and piston rod was left hanging under the wing on the end of the paper clip, the charge falling seaward fully armed. Moments before the last charge was secured in the rack it slipped off the winch wire onto the chest of an attendant armourer. The crew watched charge and armourer disappear over the side with a splash and became aware of the piston rattling loose overhead. They cringed for a few seconds awaiting the expected explosion beneath their feet. 132 pages



      The Alaska-Siberia Connection;
      The World War II Air Route
      By: Otis Hays, Jr.
      ISBN: 0-89096-711-3
      Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas 77843, USA.
      Published: 1996
      184 PAGES


      Albatroses. (Russian)
      By: A. Grygorev.
      ISBN: 5-217-00604-8
      Published:


      The Aleutian Warriors;
      A history of the 11th Air Force & Fleet Air Wing 4 Part 1
      By: John Haile Cloe
      ISBN: 0-929521-35-8
      Published:


      ALONE ON GUADALCANAL
      By Martin Clemens.
      It is a fabulous story by probably the most heralded of all the coastwatchers.
      It is put together from a diary he kept during the Guadalcanal campaign and is
      extremely well written. Not only is it a great read, it also contains many
      references to Catalina flights in the Solomons. For all who get this one,
      it will provide a unique and eye opening perspective on the Solomons campaign.
      Clemens goes into detail about the PBY-5 they hauled out of the water.
      By the way, as far as I know he is still alive and living in a suburb of
      Melbourne, Australia. He is a hero to the American marines 3rd Division and
      it would be wonderful to hear him speak. desciption by Richard Douglass.
      Published by Naval Institute Press in 1998


      Altimeter Rising;
      My 50 years in the cockpit.
      By: Alan MacNutt with Norman Avery.
      Alan MacNutt, 904-3170 Gladwin Road
      Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 5T1 Canada
      phone: 1-604-852-3216
      fax : 1-604-859-3218
      ISBN: 0-9687627-0-0
      208 pages
      Published: 2000


      Arctic Airmen;
      The RAF in Spitsbergen and North Russia 1942.
      By: Ernst Schofield & Roy Conyers Nesbit.
      Publisher: Pen & Sword, 2005.
      "In 1942 a Catalina crew of 210 Squadron, based at Sullom voe in the
      Shetlands, was selected to carry out a series of highly secret operations,
      including a flight to the North Pole. The sorties were associated with a
      Norwegian expedition from Britain to Spitsbergen, to deny the use of the
      territory to the enemy. The flights made by the crew were frequently
      over 24 hours in length and reached the limits of human endurance,
      in conditions of extreme cold. Later, the squadron was detached to North
      Russia, to provide cover for the convoys taking vital supplies to our
      Allies on the Eastern Front. The navigator of the crew, Ernest Schofield,
      has retained the logs of most of these sorties. Together with other survivors
      of the crew, accounts from German sources, and research carried out by Conyers
      Nesbit, he has recreated these little-known events, in detailed and accurate
      narrative which ends in tragedy.
      Photos.
      Hard cover, 253 pages.
      ISBN: 0-7183-0660-0


      Aerial Firefighting.
      by Wolfgang Jendsch
      Hardcover: 352 pages
      Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (October 28, 2008)
      Language: English
      ISBN-10: 0764330683
      ISBN-13: 978-0764330681
      Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.2 x 1.3 inches
      Over 400 vivid color photos show aircraft used around the globe to fight forest
      and open-range fires. Includes fire-extinguishing planes known as airtankers,
      firefighting helicopters, transports, and direction and command planes
      essential to successful firefighting. Many rare, never-before-published images
      show firefighting aircraft in action. The detailed text provides technical
      descriptions of forest fire fighting and speculates on the future of
      firefighting aviation. This book is a must for every reader fascinated by
      aviation or firefighting.
      "This is just the book for people who love planes, but also firefighting to
      boot.Lots of information and lots of pictures of aerial firefighting from
      around the world.What is that red goo they drop on fires? You will find out
      what it is and how it works.You will see how these aircrew live, work and
      (sadly)die, be they tanker crews, helitak teams, smoke jumpers, and spotters,
      not just in America, but all over the world, from Russia to Korea and all
      points in between.You will also learn of the danger these crews face and why
      bigger, faster, high tech jets may look good on TV,but may be a bad idea in
      reality when it comes to fire fighting, and why smaller may be better.
      You will also learn that these crews and their planes may be flying into
      uncertain times. Everyone wants them around, but no one wants to pay to keep
      them going. This is a wonderful book for 'wing nuts'and 'fire fanatics'.
      The book was translated from German, so some of the sentance structure and
      phrases are a bit off..but it is still very readable.Also a picture of a tanker
      swooping over a deep canyon is captioned as being in Florida..(?)But overall a
      great book."


      Black Cats;
      Night Mares and a Blonde PBY and PBM's Ruled the Pacific Night Skys in WWII
      By Donald Sweet; Linda Sheeran




      Black Cats;
      The real story of Australia's long range Catalina Strike Force
      in the Pacific War, Solomons to the Coast of China.
      Compiled by A. E. Minty, Published by RAAF museum.
      ISBN: 0-642-20289-3
      RAAF museum, RAAF Williams, Point Cook, VIC 3029, Australia
      http://www.raafmuseum.com.au/shop/index.htm
      Published:
      250 pages


      The Black Cats.
      By: Richard C. Knott
      ISBN: 0850595681
      Patrick Stephens, 1981.
      First Edition.
      198 pages.
      The author, a captain in the US Navy and a naval aviator with over 4,000 hours (including 1,000 hours on flying boats) provides a good history of the anti-shipping raids carried out by the US Navy PBY Catalinas during WW2,
      mostly in the South Pacific operating against Japanese naval vessels.


      Black Cat Raiders of World War II.
      By: Richard C. Knott
      ISBN: 0-933852-18-5
      Nautical and Aviation Publishing Company of America,
      8 Randall Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, USA.
      Published: 1981
      198 pages


      Black Cat Raiders of World War II. (Reprint)
      By: Richard C. Knott
      ISBN: 1-55750-471-7
      Blue Jacket books
      Published: 2000
      198 pages


      Black Cats And Dumbos;
      WWII's Fighting PBYs.
      By: Mel Crocker
      ISBN: 0-8306-8391-7
      Published: 1987
      TAB books, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17294, USA
      273 pages


      Black Cats and Dumbos: WWII's Fighting PBY's
      By Mel Crocker.
      Back in print under ISBN # 0-9712901-0-5
      Published: 2002
      Crocker Media Expressions, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA
      http://www.crockermediaexpressions.com
      294 pages


      Black Cats Fly
      By Bob Wyatt
      ISBN:0958697779.
      Publisher: Australia: Floreat Press, 1999



      Black Cats With Wings of Gold.
      By the personnel of VP/VPB-33
      Compiled by Lt. A. J. Meuller (Ret)
      "Adventures of gallant men who flew lumbering, obsolete seaplanes during WWII,
      during the darkness of night, into Japanese held waters to wreak havoc on
      Japanese shipping. include detailed appendix (Information Worth Noting)
      containing seaplane tenders used, sqadron roster, et cetera.
      The Black Cats flew from the island of Guadalcanal during World War II.
      They were a squadron of black-painted PBY Catalina flying boats that operated
      mainly at night wrote another proud chapter in the history of U.S. Naval
      aviation. Their victories led the way to other Black Cat squadrons, who were
      also very successful.
      ISBN: none
      Published: 1992
      Printed by Smith-Edwards-Dunlap Co, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
      140 pages,
      Binding: Hard Cover



      Bless'em all;
      The adventures of a Navy "Black Cat" Squadron in World War II.
      By: Robert W. Hayes Lt(J.G.) USNR (Ret.)
      ISBN: none
      Willow Creek publishers, 7070 Willow Creek road,
      Eden Prairie, MN 55344, USA, ph (1)612-941-1428
      Published: 1986
      88 pages


      Blue Catalinas of World War II.
      By: James C. Mills
      ISBN: 0-89745-190-2
      Sunflower University Press, 1531 Yuma, box 1009,
      Manhattan, Kansas 66502, USA.
      Published: 1995
      157 pages



      Boats I Flew, the.
      By Bryan Moncton
      Published by the Australian Aviation Museum Inc, PO Box 420, Panania NSW 2213 a non profit organisation.
      ISBN 0-646-46324-1
      It has just been launched in 2006 and a good read!
      Info from Bob Cleworth.
      Book Description: Australian Aviation Museum Bankstown NSW 2005.
      Hard cover laminated pictoral boards 320pp some b&w & colour photos.
      Monkton was a WWII flying boat captain on Catalinas, Empire boats, Dorniers
      and Mariners. Post-war he became the unintentional owner of five surplus
      flying boats and started Trans-Oceanic Airways. He later established another
      aviation company, this time in the USA. Some great stories from an interesting
      life: he survived engine failure in the middle of the PAcific, a rocket attack
      in the Belgian Congo and navigated the very last flying boat to cross the
      Atlantic. One of nature's gentlemen. Part one (up to page 64) cover his WWII
      career, and the rest of the book is devoted to his civil aviation adventures.
    • PBY@yahoogroups.com
      PBY related book list, Part 1 of 5: Updated January 8th 2011: Added: Aircraft Production during World War II: Boeing Aircraft of Canada 13 Squadron story
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        PBY related book list, Part 1 of 5:

        Updated January 8th 2011:
        Added: "Aircraft Production during World War II: Boeing Aircraft of Canada"


        "13 Squadron story"
        Written and published by Sid Grantham.
        A superb book which tells the official and unofficial history of Number 13 Squadron RAAF during its war time exsitence from 1940 - 1946.
        The book contains over 160 pages and is full of very interesting facts and figures, thumb nail sketches of who is who in the Squadron
        and many war time photographs.
        The back cover shows a picture of the Squadron's unofficial badge as squadrons formed during war time were not allowed official badges.
        See: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PBY/message/19331


        Abandon Ship (USS Indianapolis)
        By: Richard Newcomb
        Discription of PBY part by Hank Aries, (N7GGC)
        Factual book, the OA10 on scene was Richard C. Alcorn of 4th ERS on Pelieu
        who arrived at twilight and picked up one man but had to shut down because
        of danger of taxi-ing into others. Lt. Marks was taken on tour of scene by
        PV standing by and was able to land in daylight in vicinity of large group
        and elected to go after most vulnerable single sailors as groups together
        had better odds. They picked up 54 taxi-ing around and at dark ARM3/c Roland
        Shepard and S1/c Warren Kirchoff volunteered and went out in raft and got
        2 more. The USS Doyle picked up these 56 + 1 from 4th ERS. It took 2 hours
        to transfer from Lt Marks PBY to Doyle without smashing it. Marks crew then
        stayed aboard rest of night and removed priority gear as plane was damaged
        from bumps from Doyle. In light of day Marks crew and salvaged gear were
        picked up and PBY sunk by gunfire. Our crew Lt Marmon and Lt Mykland arrived
        from Ulithi on that day along with planes and ships from all over area.
        Last part deals with court martial of Capt Mcvey.
        Published by Harper Torch.
        First published 1958
        New version 2001 pocket book.
        ISBN 0-380-81904-x
        To order in USA call: 1 800 331 3761


        The African Catalina.
        By: Mike Shirley-Beavan.
        ISBN: 0-9515209-4-6
        Published: 1994
        127 pages


        "AIRBORNE ESPIONAGE"
        BY DAVID OLIVER
        ISBN 0-7509-3870-6
        AS PER HIS RESEARCH THE BELOVED "CATALINA" WAS IN MORE PLACES THAN
        A HUNGRY ALLEY CAT.
        FLYING OUT OF SCOTLAND TO NORWAY, SWEDEN, DENMARK AND FINLAND AS WELL AS
        RUSSIA ON SPY DROP OFF AND PICK UP OF OUR HEROIC SNOOPS
        THEN INTO THE SOUTH PACIFIC ISLAND BAYS. LAKES AND RIVERS DOING THE SAME THING.
        IT IS NEAT BOOK, SHORT FACTS OF WHAT THEY DID, NOT LOTS OF NARRATIVE ABOUT THE
        SPY'S, ALL YOU PILOTS WILL ENJOY THE CRAZY EPISODES OF THEIR LANDINGS IN THE
        DARK IN SOME ONES MUDDY FIELD AND THE TYPE OF AC USED,
        ALSO GOOD THING THEY WERE YOUNG AND HAD LITTLE SENSE OF FEAR
        REMINDS ME A LITTLE OF THE "FLYING WEATHER MEN OF THE ALEUTIANS"
        BILL, VP-43


        "Aircraft Production during World War II: Boeing Aircraft of Canada: PBY and B-29"

        By John G. Nellist ISBN: 1426938209

        http://www.amazon.com/Aircraft-Production-during-World-War/dp/1426938209/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1293751227&sr=8-1

        Paperback: 68 pages
        Publisher: Trafford Publishing (October 4, 2010)
        Language: English
        ISBN-10: 1426938209
        ISBN-13: 978-1426938207
        Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
        Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces


        As a teenager, Jack Nellist was given the opportunity to help build two World War II aircraft, an experience he will never forget.

        In 1941, a new plant was completed on Sea Island in Vancouver, B.C., for the production of the Consolidated Catalina PBY-5 flying boat.

        Boeing Aircraft of Canada had received a contract from Consolidated Aircraft Co. of San Diego, designers of the plane, to build the plane in Canada.

        The first Catalina built by Boeing Canada rolled out of the factory on July 27, 1942.

        The aircraft was christened Athlone in a colorful ceremony on the tarmac.

        The Catalina rolled down the ramp into the Fraser River amid the cheers of seven thousand workers.

        Jack had been building model airplanes since the age of ten.

        In 1944, after completing an Aeronautical Drafting course, he decided to apply for a job at Boeing Aircraft.

        He was only sixteen years old, with no previous experience as a draftsman.

        After an interview, he was told to report for work the next day at the Sea Island plant.

        In Aircraft Production During World War II, he shares a firsthand account of the craft of building the airplanes
        that were so critical to success during World War II.


        Airfield Focus 13: Sullom Voe & Scatsta.
        By: Peter Ward
        Published:


        Airmen at the helm.
        By: Erik Blackman
        Book Description: Arima Publishing, 2006. Paperback.
        "Bombing up" a Catalina flying boat. I was "promoted" to deck hand
        on bomb scow 34. During bad weather aircraft were towed into the shelter
        of the harbour mouth and moored to replenish depth charges.
        On one such occasion scow 34 was completing delivery of four charges
        under the instruction of two bomb armourers. As the charge was winched and
        secured to its rack under the aircraft's wing, the fusing device was connected.
        This looked like a large wire paper clip. When the charge was released,
        a plunger in the shape of a car piston and piston rod was left hanging under
        the wing on the end of the paper clip, the charge falling seaward fully armed.
        Moments before the last charge was secured in the rack it slipped off the winch
        wire onto the chest of an attendant armourer. The crew watched charge and
        armourer disappear over the side with a splash and became aware of the piston
        rattling loose overhead. They cringed for a few seconds awaiting the expected
        explosion beneath their feet. 132 pages.



        The Alaska-Siberia Connection;
        The World War II Air Route
        By: Otis Hays, Jr.
        ISBN: 0-89096-711-3
        Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas 77843, USA.
        Published: 1996
        184 PAGES


        Albatroses. (Russian)
        By: A. Grygorev.
        ISBN: 5-217-00604-8
        Published:


        The Aleutian Warriors;
        A history of the 11th Air Force & Fleet Air Wing 4 Part 1
        By: John Haile Cloe
        ISBN: 0-929521-35-8
        Published:


        ALONE ON GUADALCANAL
        By Martin Clemens.
        It is a fabulous story by probably the most heralded of all the coastwatchers.
        It is put together from a diary he kept during the Guadalcanal campaign and is
        extremely well written. Not only is it a great read, it also contains many
        references to Catalina flights in the Solomons. For all who get this one,
        it will provide a unique and eye opening perspective on the Solomons campaign.
        Clemens goes into detail about the PBY-5 they hauled out of the water.
        By the way, as far as I know he is still alive and living in a suburb of
        Melbourne, Australia. He is a hero to the American marines 3rd Division and
        it would be wonderful to hear him speak. desciption by Richard Douglass.
        Published by Naval Institute Press in 1998


        Altimeter Rising;
        My 50 years in the cockpit.
        By: Alan MacNutt with Norman Avery.
        Alan MacNutt, 904-3170 Gladwin Road
        Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 5T1 Canada
        phone: 1-604-852-3216
        fax : 1-604-859-3218
        ISBN: 0-9687627-0-0
        208 pages
        Published: 2000


        Arctic Airmen;
        The RAF in Spitsbergen and North Russia 1942.
        By: Ernst Schofield & Roy Conyers Nesbit.
        Publisher: Pen & Sword, 2005.
        "In 1942 a Catalina crew of 210 Squadron, based at Sullom voe in the
        Shetlands, was selected to carry out a series of highly secret operations,
        including a flight to the North Pole. The sorties were associated with a
        Norwegian expedition from Britain to Spitsbergen, to deny the use of the
        territory to the enemy. The flights made by the crew were frequently
        over 24 hours in length and reached the limits of human endurance,
        in conditions of extreme cold. Later, the squadron was detached to North
        Russia, to provide cover for the convoys taking vital supplies to our
        Allies on the Eastern Front. The navigator of the crew, Ernest Schofield,
        has retained the logs of most of these sorties. Together with other survivors
        of the crew, accounts from German sources, and research carried out by Conyers
        Nesbit, he has recreated these little-known events, in detailed and accurate
        narrative which ends in tragedy.
        Photos.
        Hard cover, 253 pages.
        ISBN: 0-7183-0660-0


        Aerial Firefighting.
        by Wolfgang Jendsch
        Hardcover: 352 pages
        Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (October 28, 2008)
        Language: English
        ISBN-10: 0764330683
        ISBN-13: 978-0764330681
        Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.2 x 1.3 inches
        Over 400 vivid color photos show aircraft used around the globe to fight forest
        and open-range fires. Includes fire-extinguishing planes known as airtankers,
        firefighting helicopters, transports, and direction and command planes
        essential to successful firefighting. Many rare, never-before-published images
        show firefighting aircraft in action. The detailed text provides technical
        descriptions of forest fire fighting and speculates on the future of
        firefighting aviation. This book is a must for every reader fascinated by
        aviation or firefighting.
        "This is just the book for people who love planes, but also firefighting to
        boot.Lots of information and lots of pictures of aerial firefighting from
        around the world.What is that red goo they drop on fires? You will find out
        what it is and how it works.You will see how these aircrew live, work and
        (sadly)die, be they tanker crews, helitak teams, smoke jumpers, and spotters,
        not just in America, but all over the world, from Russia to Korea and all
        points in between.You will also learn of the danger these crews face and why
        bigger, faster, high tech jets may look good on TV,but may be a bad idea in
        reality when it comes to fire fighting, and why smaller may be better.
        You will also learn that these crews and their planes may be flying into
        uncertain times. Everyone wants them around, but no one wants to pay to keep
        them going. This is a wonderful book for 'wing nuts'and 'fire fanatics'.
        The book was translated from German, so some of the sentance structure and
        phrases are a bit off..but it is still very readable.Also a picture of a tanker
        swooping over a deep canyon is captioned as being in Florida..(?)But overall a
        great book."


        Black Cats;
        Night Mares and a Blonde PBY and PBM's Ruled the Pacific Night Skys in WWII
        By Donald Sweet; Linda Sheeran




        Black Cats;
        The real story of Australia's long range Catalina Strike Force
        in the Pacific War, Solomons to the Coast of China.
        Compiled by A. E. Minty, Published by RAAF museum.
        ISBN: 0-642-20289-3
        RAAF museum, RAAF Williams, Point Cook, VIC 3029, Australia
        http://www.raafmuseum.com.au/shop/index.htm
        Published:
        250 pages


        The Black Cats.
        By: Richard C. Knott
        ISBN: 0850595681
        Patrick Stephens, 1981.
        First Edition.
        198 pages.
        The author, a captain in the US Navy and a naval aviator with over 4,000 hours (including 1,000 hours on flying boats) provides a good history of the anti-shipping raids carried out by the US Navy PBY Catalinas during WW2,
        mostly in the South Pacific operating against Japanese naval vessels.


        Black Cat Raiders of World War II.
        By: Richard C. Knott
        ISBN: 0-933852-18-5
        Nautical and Aviation Publishing Company of America,
        8 Randall Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, USA.
        Published: 1981
        198 pages


        Black Cat Raiders of World War II. (Reprint)
        By: Richard C. Knott
        ISBN: 1-55750-471-7
        Blue Jacket books
        Published: 2000
        198 pages


        Black Cats And Dumbos;
        WWII's Fighting PBYs.
        By: Mel Crocker
        ISBN: 0-8306-8391-7
        Published: 1987
        TAB books, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17294, USA
        273 pages


        Black Cats and Dumbos: WWII's Fighting PBY's
        By Mel Crocker.
        Back in print under ISBN # 0-9712901-0-5
        Published: 2002
        Crocker Media Expressions, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA
        http://www.crockermediaexpressions.com
        294 pages


        Black Cats Fly
        By Bob Wyatt
        ISBN:0958697779.
        Publisher: Australia: Floreat Press, 1999



        Black Cats With Wings of Gold.
        By the personnel of VP/VPB-33
        Compiled by Lt. A. J. Meuller (Ret)
        "Adventures of gallant men who flew lumbering, obsolete seaplanes during WWII,
        during the darkness of night, into Japanese held waters to wreak havoc on
        Japanese shipping. include detailed appendix (Information Worth Noting)
        containing seaplane tenders used, sqadron roster, et cetera.
        The Black Cats flew from the island of Guadalcanal during World War II.
        They were a squadron of black-painted PBY Catalina flying boats that operated
        mainly at night wrote another proud chapter in the history of U.S. Naval
        aviation. Their victories led the way to other Black Cat squadrons, who were
        also very successful.
        ISBN: none
        Published: 1992
        Printed by Smith-Edwards-Dunlap Co, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
        140 pages,
        Binding: Hard Cover



        Bless'em all;
        The adventures of a Navy "Black Cat" Squadron in World War II.
        By: Robert W. Hayes Lt(J.G.) USNR (Ret.)
        ISBN: none
        Willow Creek publishers, 7070 Willow Creek road,
        Eden Prairie, MN 55344, USA, ph (1)612-941-1428
        Published: 1986
        88 pages


        Blue Catalinas of World War II.
        By: James C. Mills
        ISBN: 0-89745-190-2
        Sunflower University Press, 1531 Yuma, box 1009,
        Manhattan, Kansas 66502, USA.
        Published: 1995
        157 pages



        Boats I Flew, the.
        By Bryan Moncton
        Published by the Australian Aviation Museum Inc, PO Box 420, Panania NSW 2213 a non profit organisation.
        ISBN 0-646-46324-1
        It has just been launched in 2006 and a good read!
        Info from Bob Cleworth.
        Book Description: Australian Aviation Museum Bankstown NSW 2005.
        Hard cover laminated pictoral boards 320pp some b&w & colour photos.
        Monkton was a WWII flying boat captain on Catalinas, Empire boats, Dorniers
        and Mariners. Post-war he became the unintentional owner of five surplus
        flying boats and started Trans-Oceanic Airways. He later established another
        aviation company, this time in the USA. Some great stories from an interesting
        life: he survived engine failure in the middle of the PAcific, a rocket attack
        in the Belgian Congo and navigated the very last flying boat to cross the
        Atlantic. One of nature's gentlemen. Part one (up to page 64) cover his WWII
        career, and the rest of the book is devoted to his civil aviation adventures.
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