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Accession Number ADA600728
Title Maritime Patrol Innovation: USN PBY Catalina Squadrons in the Pacific Area of Operations, 1941-1945.
Publication Date Apr 2011
Media Count 35p
Personal Author J. Hollenbach
Abstract Although considered obsolete in 1939, the Navy's, PBY Catalina patrol aircraft made a significant contribution to the Allied war effort in the Pacific Theater. This paper explores how the planners, aircrew, and maintainers made that possible as the war for the US shifted from a desperate defense following Pearl Harbor to an offense following Midway. The availability, versatility, and survivability of the aircraft made it an indispensable asset. The innovation of the crews and maintainers allowed the aircraft to accomplish far more than what it was intended tp do. By the end of the war and in the most austere and deadly conditions, PBYs conducted reconnaissance, surveillance, electronic intelligence, image intelligence, forward air control, close air support, convoy escort, harassment missions, transport, secret insertion and extraction, antisurface, and antisubmarine missions. The P-3 Orion and the new P-8 Poseidon carry on those missions and the maritime patrol tradition. The innovation shown by PBY crews may one day be required again.
Keywords Maritime patrol and reconnaissance(MPR)
Military forces(United states)
Military history
Naval aircraft
Patrol aircraft
Pby catalina patrol aircraft
Second world war
Tactical air support

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 51B - Aeronautics
51C - Aircraft
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Marine Corps Univ., Quantico, VA. Command and Staff Coll.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1421
Contract Number N/A

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