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As New/Fine. 0933852185 198pp including index Fascinating history of the Black Cat raiders Over 60 photographs Detailed line drawings of PBY Catalina Maps of the South Pacific campaign Dust jacket has faint crease on front dust jacket flap.
Fine in Near Fine jacket. From the inside cover: "The Black Cats were night raiders. They pounced on the enemy with engines cut back and slipped away as their torpedoes hissed into the sea. Their daring pilots had turned the slow, black-painted PBY Catalinas into the scourge of Japanese shipping in the South Pacific. Designed to be a longrange patrol bomber, the PBY was already outdated when war broke out. Yet its versatility, range, and rugged construction kept it in the thick of the war until Japan surrendered. PBYs flew important reconnaissance, patrol, rescue, and transport missions. However, it became clear early in the war that if the PBY was to be used successfully as an attack aircraft, it would have to fly at night and resort to different tactics. Accordingly, selected PBY squadrons were turned into deadly hunters of shipping. They account for the sinking or disabling of hundreds of thousands of tons of Japanese cargo vessels, troop transports, and warships. Curiously, their exploits are not widely known except to a few aviation history buffs and the surviving aircrews." Includes over 60 photographs, most previously unpublished.
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