Catalina Patrol (2002, WWII Documentary)

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Published on Jul 31, 2020

Go on patrol and into action with the PBY Catalina flying boat -- known as the "Cat" -- one of the truly great aircraft designs. Introduced in 1935 as a long-range patrol aircraft, it was becoming obsolete when America entered WWII. However, as it was easy to manufacture in large numbers, the Cat continued in production and excelled in almost every theater of war. But it was as a night bomber that the legendary "Black Cat" squadrons won fame in the battles of the Solomon Islands. Combining archival footage, modern re-enactments and the memories of crewmembers, this film tells the story of the PBY Catalina. Relive the many battles where the Catalina played a pivotal role--from spotting the Bismarck to locating the Japanese fleet off Midway--and hear from members of the "Black Cat" squadrons that bombed Japanese convoys at night. It was slow, lumbering and ponderous -- but it was one of the most successful aircraft of WWII.

Alexander IV History's supplementary notes:
From the "Battle Stations" series.
Narrated by: David Robb

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