A Project of the Coast Guard Aviation Association


A History of the United States Coast Guard Catalina, PBY-5, No. V-189

By John M. “Jack” Shea
Former USCGR AOM 1/C

This is a history of the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation manufactured and configured Catalina flying-boat, PBY-5, V-189, its pilots, navigators ; who, in many situations, accomplished the near impossible and the dedicated crews who flew and maintained her efficiency.

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