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Guest #323 added July 10, 2012.
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Name: Robert B Walker
Location:
Springfield, Missouri
Age: 80-89
Military:USN 1943/1949 USAF 1949/1964
Comments: Crew member 1943/1949
Guest #322 added June 4, 2012.
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Name: Chess Rhodes
Location:
Chincoteague, Virginia
Age: 60-69
Military: uscg cgc chase 718
Comments: my dad was in ww11 and korea, he retired in 1957 on a medical 100% and he was in the navy and was on a pby.
Guest #321 added June 4, 2012.

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Jim Bird
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Age: 50-59
Military: USN 1974-78
Comments: My father served in Panama during WWII and was part of a PBY squadron that patroled in that area. Sadly, he passed away in 1999 but told many stories of his experiences on the PBY. I have photos.

Guest #320 added May 21, 2012.
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Name: Kenneth G Gates
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Age: 60-69
Military: USAF 62-66
Comments: My father, Joseph Dallas Gates was attached to VP 12 on Oahu Dec 7 1941. I am doing ancestry research and found the PBY a good thing to gather data on.
Guest #319 added May 21, 2012

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Name: Elisabeth
Comment: I am trying to find information about my father Richard Allen Osborn from Massachusetts who was in the Navy during WWII and flew in PBY, Black Cat Missions. I know that he was in Pacific just before the Battle of Midway and that is about all the information I have and would like to know more. Any help would be appreciated.

Guest #318 added May 21, 2012
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Name: John Stuart
Location: Neosho, Missouri
Age: 40-49
Military: US Army 3rd Infantry Division—-1988-1991, Infantry
Comments: My Grandfather, Cameron Lundstrom was a proud member of your group——PBY–I have his photos from the War. He was at Pearl—-we are making a trip to Hawaii this year and wanted to give my reguards to him–I’m not sure if its Ford Island , or Kaneohe Air field—, many thanks, take care and God Bless!!!!
Guest #317 added May 21, 2012
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Name: Andy Crews
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Country: US
Age: 40-49
Comments: My grandfather was a PBY Radioman as part of VP-3 & VP-32 in Coco Solo, Panama and later a pilot in Port Lyautey, Morocco.
Guest #316 added May 21, 2012
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Name: Johnny Signor
City: Palm Bay, Florida
Age: 50-59
Comments: I like all WW-2 military aviation , am especially interested in the unit emblem designs and am an artist of leather patches of the same , I am looking for a image of C.A.S.U.-2 right now if anyone knows of this design please contact me, thank you very much !!!!!!!

The PBY was one of the best for the times and especially for sea rescue of downed aircrews , I think she was a elegant aircraft !

Guest #315 added May 21, 2012
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Name: Bob Brannon
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Age: 60-69
Military: USN surface division 1968-1974
Comments: I had the unique privilage of working on civillian versions of this great old bird after returning to civillian life and working as an A&P mechanic and designated inspector at Pan Air Corp in New Orleans. Most of the birds we worked on were doing service with the Orinoco Mining Co. in the Amazon river. We as an authorized repair facillity were fortunate to have a stockpile of parts left over from the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp which made PBY’s during the war. It was located at the foot of Franklin Ave where it meets Lake Ponchatrain in New Orleans.
Guest #314 added May 21, 2012
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Name: Jeff Cope
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Age: 50-59
Comments: My dad was a navagator on a PBY in WWII. He crashed in Washington State with most of the crew killed, (if I remember correctly). I am interested in finding out more about the incedent which almost prevented me from ever being born.
Guest #313 added February 1, 2012
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Name: Earl Wayne Tilley
Location: Hanover, Indiana
Age: 60-69
Military: Kentucky Army National Guard
"A" Battery 138th Artillery 3 years
Army Reserve 5 years
Comments: My dad used to sit at the kitchen table and tell us 8 kids war stories when he served in WW11 on the PBY. There was one story when they were out over the South Pacific one day, and their plane got shot up by the Japs. All of a sudden the pilot lost control and was losing altitude. They finally realized the cables for the rudder had got hit by the Jap fire. My dad was a very small guy, and so was elected to crawl on the outside of the plane, in mid-air, over the ocean, while losing altitude. He managed to get to the cables, repair them, and get back inside, just as the plane was kissing the waves as the pilot managed to pull the plane back up into the air. Thereby saving the whole crew, and I have photo’s of my dad being decorated by Admiral Nimitz afterwards at an awards celebration. I am not sure if I have all of the details correct, because it’s hard to listen very well , when you have younger brothers and sisters running through the house.

My dad was a great man, and he had a lot of people testifying to it after he died , I am sorry to say, at the age of 44 from a brain tumor.

I am sure he would be proud of his 3 oldest sons , who served. Me, the Army Nat’l Guard and Reserves, my brother next to me who served in the same outfit and was called up for Vietnam, and the brother next to him who served 22 years in the Navy, but passed away a few years ago.

My dad’s name was Earl Sanford Tilley, and it sure would be exciting to hear from somebody out there, that might have some information of that day or that even somebody would remember him. Thanks for listening, Earl Wayne Tilley

Guest #312 added February 1, 2012
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Name: Janet Potter
Location: Henderson, Nevada
Age: 60-69
Comments: My dad, Eugene ("Stick") Marlin flew the PB-Y in the Aleutians from 1943 till the war’s end. Does anyone out there remember him??
Rodney RiceGuest #311 added January 15, 2012
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Name: Marc Rice Mrakich
Location: Valencia, California
Age: 40-49
Comments: My uncle, Ensign Rodney Rice, was a PBY pilot in the Ascension Island area during the war. He crashed and died in 1943 while taking off with a full bomb load. I was hoping to connect with anyone who may have known him and could possibly tell me more about him and his service.

I have always loved the PBY, and count it as one of my all time favorite planes.

Guest #310 added January 15, 2012
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Name: Sid Burks
Location: Rancho Mirage, California
Age: 60-69
Comments: I am writing a book on the military history of the Coachella Valley. I am especially interested in the seaplane base at the Salton Sea and related PBY operations. I would appreciate any information anyone might have.
Guest #309 added January 15, 2012
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Name: Samuel Capizzi
City: Ocean City, New Jersey
Age: 90-99
Military: US Navy-this is for my dad-will be able to give squadron, etc. at a lter date
Comments: Flew PBY’s 1943-46 Belin, Brazil, Aleutiian Islds, Kodiak Alaska,
Guest #308 added January 15, 2012
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Name: Stephanie K. Frieze
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Location: Fox Island, Washington
Country: US
Age: 60-69
Comments: My father, Conrad R. Frieze and his brother Richard S. Frieze were present at Kaneohe NAS on the Island of Oahu on December 7th, 1941 as part of VP11. They were 19 & 20. My father wrote about his experiences during the war and I intend to make a visit to the Memorial. My Uncle Dick Frieze stayed in the Navy and retired from Oak Harbor.
Guest #307 added January 15, 2012
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Name:Alan Lisitano
Location: Southington, Connecticut
Age: 50-59
Comments: I just buried my dad, he was a nose gunner in the PBY and from as long as I can remember he was so proud that he could fit into that area. Rest in Piece Dad, Seaman First Class (AOM) Salvatore J. Lisitano
Guest #306 added January 15, 2012
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Name: Lionel (Leo) Caldeira
Location: Pocasset,
Massachusetts
Age: 70-79
Military: USMC 1958-1962 Cpl-E4: 1st Bat. 3rd Marine Reg. 3rd Marine Div; 1st. Bat. 9th Marine Reg. 3rd Marine Div; 3rd Bat. 1st Marine Reg. 1st Marine Div.
Comments: I seek any/all info regarding the designations (further below) related to my late brother Adelino who served in the USN during WWII in PBY’s between 1944 and 1946. His separation document states the following:
- inducted March 9, 1944
- NTS. Sampson, N.Y.
- Hdq. Sqd. 92 (FAW-9)
- Hdq. Sqd. 5-2
- Hdq. Sqd. 5.
His ratings are listed as:
AS, S2c, Slc, AOM3, Slc.
Unfortunately, family info on his Naval service is basically non-existent.

Several past attempts formally requesting a copy of his complete service record from NARA/National Personell Records Center have been unsuccessfull, they only sent me a copy of his separation document (noted as form 3117). Still waiting to hear from them relative to my last request of Feb. 2011 for status.

My goal: I’d like to identify the locations of the above mentioned duty stations (except for Sampson, N.Y. of course) as well as the particular rating of AOM3c, which I think may be related to "aviation ordinance". Any additional interesting info would of course be a bonus.

I offer my sincerest gratitude and appreciation for any feedback that would be relevent to this mission.

PS: this is a great web-site!

Guest #305 added January 15, 2012
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Name: Jason Kabakoff
City: Brisbane AU
Age: 40-49
Comments: My Grandfather served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during WWII. He served in both 20 and 11 Squadrons in the Pacific and South East Asia. Both these squadrons were Catalina squadrons. He was a Wireless Radio Operator and Air Gunner (WAG). I have his original flight diary that shows every mission he ever went on, including a sea rescue of five US airmen from a downed B-24 called Doodlebug. If anyone is interested I can email scans of the relevant Catalina pages to them. Likewise, if anyone has any information on the RAAF Catalinas, particularly 20 and 11 Squadrons I would love to hear from you.
Guest #304 added October 23, 2011
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Name: Robert Thomas
Location: Waterloo, Iowa
Age: 90-99
Military: Flight crew and the PBY5A Stationed in Natal, Brazil

Comments: I AM THE NEPHEW OF ROBERTS,AND I AM VERY INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF THE GREATEST GENERATION
Guest #303 added October 23, 2011
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Name: Marya Morgan
City: Cape May, New Jersey
Comments: My Dad flew PBYs out of the Aleutians during WWII for the Navy. I have caught the PBY bug and read anything I can find about them to further my education on this plane and then men who flew them.
Guest #302 added October 23, 2011
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Name: Sheri Snively
Location: Jamul, California
Age: 50-59
Military: US Navy Reserve Chaplain: 1993-Present
Comments: My father, A.W.’Bud’Snively flew PBYs as one of the Navy’s Silver Eagles (enlisted pilots) in the Pacific during WWII with VP-44 and VP-101. Over the last 12 years I’ve been chaplain for the Silver Eagles organization and have heard PBY stories from other guys too. Today I helped VPB-117 with a devotional /memorial service at their reunion and so was reminded again of the PBY, its contribution to Naval aviation and the guys who flew them
Guest #301 added October 23, 2011
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Name: Eddie Harris
Location: Mountain Home, Arkansas
Age: 60-69
Military: US Army Jan 1966-68 Vietnam 66-67
Comments: My Uncle Dalton Rose Stewart was stationed with PatRon VP-23 in Pearl Harbour from abt Sep 1941, my last paper work is dated 18 Jul 1942, coming from class in Conn. going to Pearl for duty FFT PatRon Twenty-three (VP-23). Where was they stationed at Dec 7 1941?
Guest #300 added August 7, 2011

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Name: Francis H Clifton
Location: Deland
Age: 90-99
Military: Navy 1942-45, PBY Pilot, VP-23. Two years in Pacific, 1943-1945
Comments: PBYs and the crews that flew them.


Guest #299 added August 7, 2011
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Name: Lesley Bond
Location: Wichita Falls, Texas
Age: 80-89
Military: U.S. Navy April 26 1944 – July 16 1946
Comments: I was stationed at the Oak Horbor Base and worked in the beach crew. After the PBY’S landed on the water, we had to roll the big wheels out to them, and hook them on the plane. Then a tractor driver would pull them up the ramp and over to their parking place to be tied down and secured.

Guest #298 added August 2, 2011
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Name: Maggie Gaukler
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Age: 60-69
Military: 3 Years USMC – currently Base Protocol Officer at MCB Hawaii (formerly NAS Kaneohe in 1941)
Comments: I am conducting research on NAS Kaneohe and the Kaneohe Klipper Association in preparation for the 70th anniversary of the attack on NAS Kaneohe. Any survivors and/or family members are invited to contact me. Looking for oral histories of the event. Would like to invite all survivors and family members who are able to attend the ceremony on Wedensday, 7 December 2011. Details provided upon request.

Guest #297 added July 31, 2011
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Name: Peter Versteeg
City: Lelystad, Netherlands
Age: 60-69
Military Background: I personnaly have no military backround. My father and youger brother both had their careers in the Navy. My dad flying the Catalina (and many other planes) and my brother as technical engineer on our Dutch submarines.
Comments: My name is Peter Versteeg. I am a member of a Dutch Foundation called "Friends of the Catalina". My father flew warmissions with the Dutch Navy during WWII and untill 1957 in New-Guinea. So I inherited the PBY virus.
We succesfully fully restored a US Catalina PBY-5A from 1999 – 2004 into flying condition. She was built in Seattle with Buno 2459 (c/n 300). In the war she flew with VP-73 en VP-84. The plane is based in Lelystad in Holland. From 2005 untill 2009 we flew many people around, made many "splash and go’s" and visited numerous airshows in Holland and Europe. There are only 2 Catalina’s in the world that can take passengers and show them the excitement of a waterlanding.
On October 12th 2010 we inaugurated our brandnew hangar, specially build for maintaining and restoring historical airplanes.

Coming November 15th is the 70th birthday of our airplane. You can understand that November 15th will be a day af remembrance and celebration. While our PR-team was discussing the programm of that day we came up with the idea of trying to explore the possibilty to find out if there are still crew members alive who actually flew our Catalina during the war.

It is well known that our plane is the most succesfull Catalina of WWII in terms of vessels sunk. She sank 3 U-boats (U464,U582 and U194) and damaged one heavily (U528). But apart from the names of alle the Patrol Plane Commanders from 1/2/1942-28/8/1943 and the names of the complete crews who sank the U-boats (see below) we know little about the crews – and their stories -that flew these important missions.

Wouldn’t is be nice to show them their plane and let them take their seat again.? During the ceremony we can tell the audience their story. We realize that the chance that they are still alive is very small they must be between 90 and 95. But maybe sons or daughters are interested in their dads plane and want to sit in the same seat he sat in. Maybe they even want to fly with us and experience a waterlanding.! They are more than welcome on her 70th birthday.

I do hope anyone of you can help us find them. www.catalina-pby.nl


Guest #296 added June 29, 2011
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Name: John Machado
City: Highland Village. TX
Age: 40-49
Military Background: Former Government Intelligence Analyst (non-mil)
Comments: My grandfather, Surgical Tech Corporal Philip W Carter, was part of the 4th ERS in Saipan and Iwo. His PBY was the last to go down in WWII (some think) on August 13, 1945. There was only one survivor. It was not him. His only child, my mother, was born 12 days later.

Guest #295 added June 29, 2011
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Name: Fred Keeler
City: Akron, Ohio
Age: 60-69
Comments: I am looking for ny information on my father Gordon Fuqua Keeler(Ruby). He was a flight instructor in the Pennsacola area as well as the West Coast from 1942 to 1944. In 1944 he was sent to a Naval base near Chicago and then on to a Carrier in the Pacific. The only information I have is the picture of him on a Carrier taken on VJ Day with the note on the back- We are 300 hundred miles from Tokyo and they decided to quit today. The other two people in the picture were Lt. Harvey and Ens. Spain. I do not know his rank other than he retired as a Naval Lt. Commnander in the Navy and remained in the Reserves until his death in 1963.

Guest #294 added June 29, 2011
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Name: Marie Colgan
City: Shoshoni, State: WY
Age: 60-69
Military Background: descendant of several WWII veterans. Father Army Corp of Engns. Several; cousins, one uncle for sure.
Comments: My brother in law, E. Gayle Currah was trained in PBYs. I had asked about his service and he was talking about his plane and expressed an interest in the members of Flight 19 and was wondering if he knew any of them as at least one of his buddies was transferred to Fort Lauderdale and could have been on that flight. I wanted to surprise him with the list and would appreciate any more information on PBY crew member from Washinton base training 1943-44. He is still a very spry 86 yr old man and very active.

Guest #293 added May 5, 2011
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Name: DENYS CLARKE
City: MAROOCHYDORE, QUEENSLAND
Country: AU
Age: 70-79
Military Background: PILOT ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE 1953,
Comments: I cannot find any information of my uncle who flew for the Brazilian air force, [ navy] Captain Kenneth Lindsay Molyneaux was a pilot flying a PBY-5A Catalina Flying Boat during the early part of W.W.2 he sadly lost his life after an aeroplane disaster in the State of Amapa, [Amazon] while returning from the U.S.A. 1943. he was decorated with the Legion of Merit by President Roosevelt of the United States, the Brazilian Ministry of the Diploma of the air force of the Military Medal. I believe that seven PBY-5A Catalina’s were delivered to Brazil 1943 under the lend lease agreement. It Saddens me that he lost his life serving his country, I have not been able to find information in the Brazilian Air Force archives.
Denys Clarke.

Guest #292 added May 3, 2011
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Name: Freeman E. Lively
City: Slidell, Louisiana
Age: 80-89
Military Background: US Navy – Inducted 7-23-43 Discharged 3-19-46
Comments: I was in CASU 58.1 on Green Island. I was a 1st class machinest and carburetor specialist. When the PBY’S left Green I followed them to Samar and changed to CASU 42.

Guest #291 added May 3, 2011
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Name: Barbara Bonner Harrington
City: Worcester, Massachusetts
Age: 60-69
Military Background: Daughter and only child of John P. Bonner, Boston, MA, who enlisted in the Navy 11 Dec. 1941. His wartime service was in the Caribbean and the South Pacific as a member of Patrol Squadron 81, the Black Cats.
Comments: He earned Air Medals with the Black Cats for activity in 1943 and 1944, awarded posthumously. He died in a Navy plane crash just 4 minutes into a flight from San Diego on August 1, 1946 when I was 10 weeks old. Rank AMM2c. I would love to be in contact with anyone who might have known him. Thank you.

Guest #290 added May 3, 2011
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Name: Ruben Collazo JR
City: Seabeck, WA
Age: 40-49
Military Background: Retired FT1(SS)
Military Police Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan
USS Houston SSN-713, San Diego, CA
US Navy Recruiter, NRS Fontana, CA, NRD San Diego, CA
USS Dixon AS-37 San Diego, CA
USS Bermingham SSN-695, Pearl Harbor, HI
"C","A" and Sub School, Groton CT
Comments: Worked at Whidbey Island after retirement, I went up a few times and found it very interesting, and picked up some model planes.
Yesterday 27 March 2011, my son and I went up to Whidbey and saw the PBY up on the hill and went and took some pictures by it, Thanks.
Let me know when it is completely set up for display. We will come back up to see it.

Guest #289 added May 3, 2011
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Name: Joseph Yenna
City: Brooklyn, State: NY
Age: 40-49
Military Background:
Comments: My Great Uncle, Joseph Sottolano (nicknamed Scotty), flew as a flight engineer in a PBY out of Brazil during WWII. It was shot down over the Atlantic, two crew members survived, including my uncle. I am trying to find any information I can obtain about his flight crew, and the incident.

Guest #288 added May 3, 2011
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Name: Robert T. West
City: Manchester, State: MO
Age: 70-79
Military Background: No military service — 40 year career in the aircraft industry .
Comments: Lifelong fascination with PBY a/c ; college roommate was a crewman on PBY a/c in post WW 2 Navy . Personally , I am a retiree from McDonnell Douglas where I had a 40 year career in engineering .

Guest #287 added May 3, 2011
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Name: R. DOUGLAS KRAUS
Location: CONCORD, CA
Age: 60-69
How did you find us? I MADE A VISIT TO MUSEUM 2000-2001
Military Background: US.NAVY 1964-1969 SERVED ONBOARD U.S.S. SALISBURY SOUND AV-13 FROM 1964-1967 HOME PORT WIDBEY ISLAND. FORMER SFM/2ND-CLASS WE WORKED WITH VP-SQUDRONS VP-40-47-&48 VIETNAM 2 TOURS.
Comments: NAVY AIRCRAFT FROM WW/2 TO PRESENT DAY IAM A VOLUNTEER ONBOARD THE USS HORNET CVS-12 ALAMEDA I HELP RESTORE NAVY AIRCRAFT FOR DISPLAY KEEPS ME BUSY AND DOING WHAT I LOVE

Guest #286 added March 5, 2011
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Name: David Floren
City: Livermore, CA
Age: 40-49
Military Background: Grandson of Wallace J. Hanna (US Navy officer assigned to Kaneohe Naval Air Station during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack, and founding member of Kanehoe Klippers memorial association); civilian employee of the US Coast Guard (2002, Coast Guard Island, Alameda, CA)
Comments: I’m looking for a good photo of the Kaneohe Klippers memorial stone at the Kaneohe Marine air station.

Guest #285 added March 5, 2011
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Name: Nancy L McDaniel
City: Chimacum, WA
Age: 50-59
Military Background: Retired from the US Air Force Medical Service Corps in 1997 with the rank of Colonel. Attended Naval War College off campus program in DC.
Comments: Am currently compiling a book featuring military installations, lighthouses, military history museums, throughout the Puget Sound area. After seeing your website I need to come and visit you soon! There is a lot of material I need to chat with you about for inclusion in the book.

Guest #284 added March 5, 2011
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Name: J.E. (Jack)Rudeen
City: Cupertino, CA
Age: 80-89
Military Background: WW[at-symbol] PBY pilot
Comments: Looking for Squadron Patches PBY and Black Cat only

Guest #283 added March 5, 2011
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Name: Ron Moran
City: Ruther Glen, Va
Age: 50-59
Military Background: DoD civilian employee. Member of American Legion and Navy League.
Comments: My Dad was with VP21,101,102 and 62 as an AOC in WW II. I am still looking for anyone who may have served with him. I’m also looking for any crew pictures of his squadrons. Hi name was Raymond Thomas Moran. You can read my story on this website or by googling Raymond T. Moran. OBTW this group helped me find out allot about my dad. Win and Adolph are awesome!!! Thanks guys!!! V/R Ron Moran

Guest #282 added March 5, 2011
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Name: Judy Keenan Maher
City: Ramsey, NJ
Age: 60-69
Military Background: My dad, Joseph Daniel Keenan, CMMM, was in the Pacific from July 7,1942 until August, 1945. He was with VP-72, Fleet Wing One, V-J-13 and VJ-7.
Comments: Is there anyone out there that knew my dad? He always talked about the PBYs and what a good plane it was. He died in 1990 and I’m sorry I didn’t write more of his stories down.

Guest #281 added March 5, 2011
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Name: timothy gardner
City: wasilla, alaska
Age: 40-49
Military Background: I spent 8 yrs in the marines in a force recon unit and I’m a vet. from the first gulf war. thanks to all the men and women who served before me.
Comments: I’ve been a history buff most all my life especially ww2 and living in alaska makes it all the better. I’m in the process of building a large scale rc pby because of the unique role they played in the war in the allutians.the model has 108" wingspan and will be made from blue foam.any kind of pictures would be helpfull in the project and thanks again to all the vets including my dad ret usn

Guest #280 added March 5, 2011
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Name: James D. Webber
City: Reno, Nv.
Age: 80-89
Military Background: USNavy Seabees
Comments: Interest in famous battelground, Lives were lost,some never to return.

Guest #279 added March 5, 2011
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Name: Jim Wilcher
City: Louisville, Ky
Age: 50-59
Military Background: USAF 71-75 served at Hickam,Hawaii and Mt Home Idaho
Comments: My dad flew in PBY’s during WW II in Iceland and was stationed in several locations along the Northeast coast,ie Quonset Point RI,Boston MA and several other areas.My Dad was stationed on board the USS Oklahoma during Pearl Harbor raid then later stationed with PBY,s on Aviation Maintenance.Just trying to retrace footsteps in history now.

Guest #278 added March 5, 2011
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Name: Robert Albee
Location: Simi Valley, Calif
Age: 50-59
Military Background: US Army 2 years
Comments: Excellent source for info.

Guest #277 added March 5, 2011
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Name: Tom Travis
Location: FT Bragg, NC
Age: 40-49
Military Background: US Army Aviator. My father was a PBY crewmember during WW II. Served in the Pacific. VP-51

Guest #276 added March 5, 2011
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Name: Jemmy
Location: Houston, TX
Age: 20-29
Comments: Great PBY website, nice to visite this great website. I hear that many people looking for the same interest here. rc helicopter

Guest #275 added March 5, 2011
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Name: Rusty Durham
Location: Easley, SC
Age: 40-49
Comments: I am looking for any information about my Grand Uncle, Joseph "Carl" Durham. I’ve grown up with stories about him be stationed at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941 and helping remove Some generals from the island either during, or shortly after the attack. Any information about any of this will help. I know he was on a PBY, and was supposedly flying reconnaissance when the attack started, and was called back to help.

Guest #274 added March 5, 2011
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Name: janet holt
Location: waynesboro, tn.
Age: 50-59
Comments: father was on uss sanfrancisco during ww2

Guest #273 added March 5, 2011
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Name: Douglas V. Johnson II
Location: Carlisle, PA
Age: 60-69
Military Background: 30 Years commissioned service, 17 DAC. PhD in History from Temple University under PROF Russell F. Weigley.
Comments: I am searching for information on Samuel D. Rahal, brother of Nicholas David Rahal of Carlisle, PA, a retired Attorney, and new friend. Flew out of Alaska, but was shot down – probably on Hainan Island – whlie with VPB 117.

Guest #272 added March 5, 2011
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Name: Kenneth Claypool
Location: Carlsbad, California
Age: 80-89
Military Background: Navy Patrol Squadrons VBP-61 in the Aleutians & VPB-106 in the Philippines
Comments: I would like to hear from James Juliana, I think I flew with his Uncle in VPB-61. Are there any other AOM’s from these squadrons out there?

Guest #271 added March 5, 2011
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Name: James E. Harellson
Email: jjharelson@cox.net
Location: Tempe, az
Age: 80-89
Military Background: navigator in Army Air Force Feb. 1942 to Nov. 1947. two yrs in Hondo Texas, student & instructor and two yrs in South Pacific from Nadzab,New Guinia to Okinawa in OA-10A attached to 5th airforce
Comments: Thanks to the rugged PBY I returned from the war. It was amazing it held together with the beating it took on open sea landings and particulary the take offs. Aslo the skill of my pilot, Alvin (Red) Johnson and the two flight engineers Jack Nason and Jay Waggoner that were responsible for the engine maintenance as we had no other support group.

Guest #270 added July 11, 2010
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Name: Roy Thomas
Location: Land O Lakes, Florida
Age: 40-49
Comments: We are looking for group photos of our father from US Coast Guard 1941-1943 LST-761 Daniel Yarbrough he is 90 and would love to have it

Guest #269 added July 11, 2010
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Name: Jack Horton
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Age: 50-59
Comments: My father, Howard "Jack" Horton, was a on a PBY crew in Panama during World War 2. Would like to hear from anyone who knew him then. He’s a young 86 and doing well.

Guest #268 added July 11, 2010
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Name: Catherine Graves
Location: Austin, TX
Age: 50-59
Military Background: USN
Comments: I’m trying to do some research for a friend of mine on his father, Ensign Wylie M. Hunt. I believe he flew a PBY in WWII and show he was on the POW camp roster for Roduroshi Camp, Honshu Japan. He was shot down over the Artic Ocean and I show his unit as VP41 Pat Wing 4. I believe he was only one of 3 rescued from him unit but am not sure. If anyone has any other knowledge of him, I would appreciate it. It appears he also served in the Korean War in a flying unit called the "Blue Sharks" and was Squadrons Operations officer and PPC. Thanks for any help or information you may have.

Guest #267 added July 11, 2010
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W. Brough Dorny Major USA Ret
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
Age: 60-69
Military Background: US Army 1968 to 1993 (active and reserve duty)
Comments: My brother Commander Louis B Dorny has done research on the PBY and even published a booklet on it. As I spend time on Goggle Earth in my retirement I see a PBY photo and alert him to it. She is a beautiful plane, distintive and pleasing to the eye. There is one under restoration at Glendale Airport AZ which is near Luke AFB and I stop by and see it every three months when I visit the Luke AFB. Your work is one of love and honor for those whom serviced and flew in this plane. Thanks for all your work. It is a dream of mine to visit your location if I get to Seattle to visit my brother. Thanks for making history real.
BDorny

 Guest #266 added July 11, 2010
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Name: Jack Frame
Location: Gaithersburg
State: MD
Age: 50-59
Found: Search engine
Found More:
Military Background: none
Comments: My father, Mark B. Frame (photo) was a co pilot on a PBY in the Pacific theatre during WW II. He was stationed in the Philippines and was part of the 6th Emergency Rescue Squadron. I have many pictures and stories.

Guest #265 added July 11, 2010
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Name: Jenny Scott
Location: Adelaide, SA
Country: Australia
Age: 50-59
Military Background: Air Force Brat 1950s
Comments: Dear PBY Memorial Foundation,
Thanks for a great website.
I am currently researching the history of RNZAF No.6 Flying Boat Squadron 1943 to 1945 with a view to writing a book. Last month we unveiled 6 Squadron’s Battle Honours at RNZAF Whenuapai and flew over Auckland in the NZ Catalina Groups PBY
I have photos of 6 Squadron and Halavo Bay, Solomon Islands also used by US Navy VP Squadrons on Flickr.

I am interested in hearing from anyone with a similar interest particularly people who may know of US bomber and fighter aircrew rescued by New Zealand PBYs Solomon Islands 1943-1945


Guest #264 added Juy 5, 2010
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Name: Mark Watts
Location: Oak Harbor State: WA
Age: 30-39
How did I Find this site: Sign in front of your new "Cat"
Military Background: 7 years active Army. Dept of Navy employee 8 years.
Comments: It’s just such a neat airplane!

Guest #263 added Juy 5, 2010
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Name: Ron Fiedor
Location: Chicago, IL
Age: 60-69
Military Background: Retired USN RESERVES Stationed NAS WHIDBEY ISLAND 1966-69
served later with VP-60 1981-92 then CV-62 USS Independence
1993-98(Reservist AT-2)
Comments: My father was stationed at the Seaplane Base in 1943. He talked of ferrying older PBY’s to Russian Women Pilots in Kodiak, Alaska (spoke Polish and acted as an interpreter). My dad, Walter Fiedor got out in 1945 as a Machinist Mate 1st Class and was a crew chief in a Black Cat Squadron. When he was at Whidbey Island (1943) he and his crew were grounded for a month when it was discovered that they flew under the Deception Pass span. I later learned from retired ground crew member how they were caught upon landing! My dad dies in 1992 and could not remember which VPB he was in but I remember the stories of being picked up once by a US sub and also by a Russian Cruiser after damage to their PBY. One of my Dad’s officers stayed in the Navy and in the early 50’s came to our house, I think he was an instructor with Cougars or Panthers(by the photographs he showed us). Hope someone has some knowledge of his Navy career or can remeber any of the above.

Guest #262 added June 16, 2010
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Name: Richard Frisch
Location: Mukilteo, WA
Military Background: None, but father and brother served in the United States Navy.
Comments: I was delighted to be invited to the dedication ceremony today at Simard Hall. I felt the CO of the base did a beautiful presentation, it was very moving to see a few remaining servicemen and persons that witnessed the construction of the NAS. Hy heartfelt thanks to Ed hammond for the great opportunity to witness a great moment in the history of Whidbey NAS, and to all our servicemen that have worked so hard, and sacrificed so much to insure the countinued frredom of our great nation.
 

Guest #261 added June 16, 2010
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Name: Louis Dorny
Location: Seattle, WA
Country: US
Age: 60-69
I’m a Lifelong naval aviation buff -
Military Background: USN/NR – ship driver, Russian linguist, NSG/SIGINT operations.
Comments: Patrol Wing TEN (VP 101, VP 102, VP 22), Philippines – Dutch East Indies, including Dutch Navy X- & Y-boats, & No. 205 Sq, RAF, 1939-1942. Always looking for veteran/survivor experiences and remembrances.

Guest #260 added June 16, 2010
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Name: Linda Scarpino
Location: Oxnard, CA
Age: 60-69
Military Background: None
Comments: My father flew PBY’s during the war.

Guest #259 added June 16, 2010
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Name: Glen Scott Sheppard
Location: Palm Harbor, FL
Age: 60-69
Military Background: My father, Robert D. Sheppard, was the co-pilot on the PBY that made an unscheduled landing on 14 Aug 44, on the river by Laurieton, NSW, Australia, with Bob Hope, Jerry Colonna, Tony Romano, Patty Thomas, Frances Langford and Barney Dean on board. I am retired Army Chief Warrant Officer.
Comments: Trying to find the Hope PBY my dad flew. Do not have the serial nbr but believe the nickname was "Spare Gear" and the Pilot’s last name was Ferguson. Also know Lt William A. (Joe) Stinson was on board. He later was the best man at my parents’ wedding. Appreciate any information re the plane or the Hope tour in the South Pacific July – Sept 1944. Be happy to share a few pictures of the PBY with Hope and his troupe on sandbar in Laurieton in 1944.

Guest #258 added June 16, 2010
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Name: Ray Price Jr.
Location: Frederick, MD
Age: 80-89
Military Background: USNR from 3/6/45-7/20/46
Comments: My father, Ray S. ("Rip") Price (born in 1890) was an ACMM in VP11 when the squadron received PBYs at USNAS San Diego in 1936. He was plane crew and flew on the long distance flights made in the late 1930s. The squadron was transferred to Norfolk NAS about 1939 and was there on Dec 7, 1941. About that time I believe that VP51 was split off from VP11 and he went with that squadron. I remember they left to fly the planes to Honolulu a few days after the Pearl Harbor attack. The squadron then went to the Aleutian Islands when the Japanese took Kiska and Attu. After several months there he was promoted to Warrant Officer and transferred to NAS, Pensacola and promoted to Lt, JG and made Officer-in-Charge of the Patrol plane overhaul there. He was an accomplished artist and it was he who painted the VP11 insignia of Odin and the ravens. He died in the early 1970s. If anyone remembers him, I’d like to hear.
Ray Price, Jr ( I’m his 83-year-old son)

Guest #257 added June 16, 2010
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Name: Siggy
Location: Palm Bay, Florida
Country: US
Age: 50-59
Military Background: US NAVY, aircraft carrier arresting gear work
Comments: Thank you all WW-2 veterans for what you did for us, it is very much appreciated !!! I make leather flying unit patches of WW2 era USN/USMC/USAAF

Guest #256 added June 16, 2010
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Name: John Hughes
Location: Covington, WA
Age: 50-59
Military Background: None Myself. My father was in USN during WWII.
Comments: My father served as ARM2c in VP-63 (Catalina PBY 5A) from about Jan 1942 – July 1944. Duty stations included San Deigo, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Grand Caman, Iceland, Pemroke Dock, England & Port Lyautey, Frenc Morroco. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his bravey in flight from 25 Jul 1943 – 15 December 1943.

Guest #255 added June 16, 2010
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Name: Leo Caldeira
Location: Pocasset, Ma
Age: 60-69
Military Background: USMC (HD) 58′-62′.
Comments: I am researching my late brother’s military service (he was 20 years my senior). He served in the US Navy from 1944 – 1946 and I believe he was attached to the PBY’s (maybe FAW 9?) at Quonset Point NAS, RI. I continue to seek all info related to Quonset Point NAS, especially the PBY branch on station there, its status and activities during those WWII years. Plus, my general interest in that specific and awesome plane, its history, the courageous crews who flew them and its areas of global operations during WWII.

Guest #254 added June 16, 2010
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Name: Gary Swallow
Location: Charlotte State: nc
Age: 50-59
Military Background: My father is Lt. Cmdr., Ret. George C. Swallow, age 89. He and my mother are still with me and we’ve only recently talked about his experiences during the war.I’d like very much to put together an informational and pictorial album when I visit him this July for their 60th wedding anniversary. He is quintessential "greatest generation" guy who did his duty, came home, went to work as a teacher and raised three kids. He’s not very exacting about squadron numbers and the like, but I know he trained at Squantum Air Base in Massachusetts, flew the two engine PBY’s in the pacific. He finished the war on Guam in the VR-10? squadron. He was flying a specially equipped plane which had a million candlepower searchlight on the wing tip and hunted barges and supply vessels. He was training to support beach assaults on Japan when the war ended. He chuckled when saying he had to fly at roughly a 45 degree downward angle when firing his machine guns or the plane would stall.
I’m just beginning to research the role of this plane and the wonderful men who flew them and would like to hear from anyone who can steer me in the right direction to research squadron histories, aircraft specifics, etc.
I know he has much information from his training days including crew pictures and the like. He is way old school and does not have a computer.
Comments: Just from the above. It is a beautiful plane and my dad spoke glowingly about his time in the pilot’s seat.

Guest #253 added March 26, 2010
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Name: James Bennett
Location: Bend, OR
Age: 40-49
Found: Search engine
Found More:
Military Background: Father James E. Bennett retired USN, Active 1942-1945 Reserves 1945-1965+/-
Comments: My father Lt. James E. Bennett flew P2V Neptunes on west coast sub patrol from late 40’s to mid 60’s as USNR – Looking for anyone who flew with him. I know he flew out of Alameda, Whidby, Kodiak and other west coast locations

Guest #252 added March 25, 2010
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Name: Rick Gilhousen
Location: Anacortes, Wa,
Age: 50-59
Found: Knew about plane and just looked it up on the net
Military Background: None just in the draft for the time i was 18 to i believe 34 0r 36 I wanted to be in the sevice so bad but I had a kidney opperation they fixed and put it back in but if they let me in. I had to sign a waver that if i had any problem with my kid that they would not give me any compensation so I would have been dead in the water. So i talked to some uper brass guys and they all told me i was crazy to inlist so upon their advise I stayed out but every man in my family on the Gilhousen side fought in just about every war from the first world war to Korea. My grand father fought in the first and second world war my father fought in the second world war and fought in seven different major battles in the war he was at normond also I think he said he was in the nave my dads name was Gail W. Gilhouse.
Comments: I’m interested in it just because I think it is one of the most beautiful planes ever built and it still today serves as a fire fifgter today. I believe canada got some from us for forest fire fighting not sure but I saw a program on tv and I think they said they bought several planes from the U.S.A. and are using them for that . Thank you for this site it helps full and a very nice tribute to this beautiful piece of workmen ship. Rick Gilhousen

Guest #251 added March 25, 2010
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Name: Richard Davidson
Location: Houston, Texas
Age: 50-59
Comments: I am trying to find out what kind of plane my dad, Robert N. Davidson,USMC was in when it crashed into the sea off the coast of Santa Barbara Ca.. It could have been a PBY as I see a reference to a similar crash (07/08/42 USMC plane crashed in Prisoner’s Bay between Santa Cruz Island and Santa Barbara. It’s five occupants were able to swim safely ashore). From what I remember he was the only one hurt with a broken leg. My sister has lost the newspaper clipping and I would like to know more. I thought several planes had gone down that day due to fog so this one listing could be misleading. Thanks, DIck Davidson

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Tom Myrick

Location: Colonial Heights, Virginia

Age: 50-59

Military: No military personally…my father in law was in VP-11 during WWII and was at Kaneohe when Pearl Harbor was attacked

Comments: My Father in law was in VP-11 and flew in PBYs during the early days of WWII…he was at Pearl Harbor (Kaneohe) during the attack and later flew in PBYs at Midway, Guadalcanal. He is now 86 years old and is still active in veterans affairs.



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Name: Marshall Campell

Comment: My older cousin, Gene Marlin (not certain Gene is his
legal first name) was a PBY pilot flying in the Aleutians during
World War II. He is (was) married to a Jeannie Marlin and in
1949 had two sons. I have a picture of him in a fur llined flying
jacket. He told stories of flying over Soviet territory and that
they had fired on him. When my dad died in 1951 I lost track
of Gene and other oldler cousins who also served in the Pacific
during WW II ( Navy and Marines). I have tried with no success
to find if Gene is still alive and where he might be if he is.
Any information would be very much appreciated.



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#248 added March 1, 2010

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Name: Leo Petrosk

Location: Ludington, Michigan

Age: 80-89

Military: nine years in pby three years south pacific squardon
vp 24

Comments: nostalgic memories, four years flying them



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#247 added March 1, 2010

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Name: Dan Williams

Location: Cohutta, Ga.

Age: 60-69

Military: USNR 1968-1971

Comments: My father, Mayford Freeman Williams ARM2 flew in Patrol
Bombing Squadron 71 from mid 1943 until the end of the war. He
was awarded the Navy Air Medal for meritorious service from April
2nd 1945 thru April 22 1945. I am trying to find any records
about the the squadrons activities during this time.My father
talked about the commanding office Gillette but unfortunatly
I do not remember the pilots name that dad flew with.

If anyone has any information concerning this time frame in the
squadrons history, I would love to hear from you.



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#246 added March 1, 2010

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Name: Bill Sweeney

Location: Chesapeake, VA

Country: US

Age: 70-79

Military: USMCR

Comments: My oldest brother, Robert E. Sweeney, was an Aviation
Ordinance man in VP 73 during the years from 1942 to 1945. I
am interested in finding out if his name appears in any books.



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#245 added March 1, 2010

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Name: Peter Cole

Location: Lawrence, MA

Age: 60-69

Military: CDR USNR (Ret) A-4 and F-8 driver on active duty ’68-
’76. transitioned to rotary wing, H-3 in the reserves.

Comments: My father had two tours in the Aleutians during WWII
flying the PBY with VP-41 and VP-43. Retired CPO Bob Biddel gave
my Mother and me a special grand tour of the facilities just
before Christmas. I would like to thank him for that. My mother
really appreciated the exective treatment! Pete



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#244 added March 1, 2010

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Name: Martha Seeton-Magee

Location: Durham, CT

Age: 50-59

Military: Grandfather, uncles, cousins: USN

Father: US Army

Comments: My grandfather, Doctor Corydon Wassell, left Calif.
aboard a ship (Coolidge?), immediately following Pearl Harbor.
Onboard were PBYs in crates, pilots, mechanics, etc. Just wondering
if anyone might have names of pilots, crew on board. The ship
docked in Australia.



Guest #243 added March 1, 2010

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Name: Michael Young

Location: Waukegan, Illinois

Age: 60-69

Military: Served 1960-1966 U.S.Navy Rm2c Nas Norfolk,Nob Norfolk,Uss
Lexington cva 16 last westpac tour,around the horn,Cuban missle
crisis and relief of uss antietam as training carrier.

Comments: My interest(lifelong)stems from my dad Leroy E.Young
Am2c U.S.N. aug 1941 to thru aug or sept of 1946 (all active)serving
with vp42 in the aluetians and later at Nas Jacksonville at the
end of the war which is one of my earliest memories,remembering
him in uniform. Also on the cover of the book "The Forgotten
War",the aircraft in the foreground,p3,shows my dad looking
out of the gun blister as they were flying over one the alaskan
glaciers. I still have one of the original photos from that group
shot.


In the middle sixties, I was fortunately
involved with my dad in converting a surplus Pby5a into a commercial
luxury aircraft for a chicago based steel corporation which met
it’s demise some time later by hitting a log upon landing in
Waukegan Harbor. As I’ve said before it’s been a lifelong love
affair with an airplane that’s served so well in times of war
and peace and deserves it’s special place in history…



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#242 added March 1, 2010

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James S. Juliana

Location: Littleton, CO

Found: PBY CIA Magazine

Military: None -High school teacher.

Comments: Published book; FLIGHT 5 VICTOR 2:A TRUE MYSTERY OF
WWII, ON LOSS OF UNCLE IN PBY, 13July42 out of Kaneohe NAS, Oahu.
Other uncle pilot of PBY’s in Aleutians. Later instructor at
Whidbey Nas. Member: Kaneohe Klippers, PBYCIA. Looking for PBY
IN WHICH TO TAKE RIDE!



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#241 added March 1, 2010

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Name: Emory Lindgard

Location: Freeland, WA

Age: 60-69

Recommended by friend: Victor Seeley of Clinton

Military: NONE

Comments: Victor Seeley gave me Cardboard Box of PBY info that
he

has collected.



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#240 added March 1, 2010

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Marilyn Wells

Location: Redding, CA

Military: Looking for records or information about my father-in-law,
Ebbie Dellmer Wells. He was a navig. on a PBY in the Korea war
and was lost on the last day of his tour in Aug. of 1952.

Comments: I’m trying to find out information about him for my
husband who was raound five years of age when he died. He was
born in 1910 Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you



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#239 added March 1, 2010

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Name: Diana Keyes

Location: Davis, CA

Age: 60-69

Military: My father was the radio operator on a PBY.

Comments: I am interested in learning about the crew of PBY 3694.
My father, the radio operator, is now 91 years old. I am wondering
if any of his crew members are still alive: Horace Lacour, Dr.
Larry Johnson, Dewey Mearns, David Dean and ___ O’Daniel.



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#238 added March 1, 2010

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Name: W. W. Fielder

Location: Moreno Valley, CA

Age: 80-89

Military: I was part of a Black Cat crew based on Green Island
in World War II.

Comments: I love the pictures. I wish there was a way to contact
someone who was on Green Island at that time. There was a special
on the Military Channel yesterday about the PBYs.



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#237 added December 8, 2009

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Name: Richard G. Wells

Location: Mt. Morris, MI

Military: I was a Combat Aircrewman and Aerial Photographer with
many hours on the PBY 5. I had alot of "stick time"
on them, too. Many at night.

Comments: I loved flying those old beauties at NAS Memphis. As
a author, I use photos of them in my books.

Website: ameritech.net/users/bwana/mainpage.html



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#236 added December 2, 2009

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Name: Joy Wells-Padden

Location: Chico, CA

Comments: I am trying to locate a pby plane that was missing
in action August 1952. My grand father,Ebbie Dellmer Wells was
a navigator during WWII. All that my family knows is that he
was flying near Korea. He was a navel officer in the US Navy.
I would just like to know if there is any information that you
might have of the name of the plane or more information regarding
my grandfather. Thank you for relaying any information you may
have regarding the plane or my grandfather.



Guest #235 added December 2, 2009

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Name: W. Brough Dorny

Location: Gilbert. Arizona

Age: 60-69

Military: US Army 1968 to 1993 retired.

Comments: A wonderful site of historical value to everyone. I
enjoyed the photos and the flyin Sept 2009 especially. My interest
in PBY’s is from association with my brother Louis B. Dorny USN
Ret of Seattle and his studies of the plane and Patrol Wing 10
in the Pacific. I find something of PBY interest as I search
and tell him of it. I hope someday to come to the Northwest and
see the island base there.


Warm regards for your continued success.
Thanks for making my searching rewarding.



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#234 added November 6, 2009

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Name: Robert D Aul

Location: Pittsburgh, PA.

Age: 50-59

Military: U.S.Navy Aviation Structrual Mech. 1976/1980 World
Famous Joly Rogers V.F.-84 F-14 Sqdn. onboard U.S.S.Nimitz 77/80
U.S. Army Res. 90/91 14th. Quarter Master Det. Greensburg Pa.

Comments: My father Robert W. Aul A.M.M.-2 Was at Pearl HarborDec.
7 1941 Served with V.P. 11 and or V.P. 43 hE was a flight engineer,engine
mech. I have many stories he related to me . Many involving Soloman
isles. Newhebredies S. pacific.



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#233 added November 6, 2009

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Name: Clayton Curtis

Location: Salt Lake Location,Utah

Age: 80-89

Military: U S Army Air Force P-38 photo-recon pilot secretly
assigned to Yamamoto Shootdown Mission. Shot down 18 April 1943
and ditched on Green Island (see PBY info below)

Comments: Rescued about 26 May 26 1943, by PBY after P-38 ditched
in lagoon on Green Island / Nissan Island on 18 April 1943. Would
love to know if any rescuer has information about rescue.



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#232 added November 6, 2009

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Name: Marsh Campbell

Location: Prescott, AZ

Age: 70-79

Military: US Army Reserve, 1961-68

Comments: I am trying to locate my cousin, if still alive, Gene
Marlin who flew PBY’s in the Aluetians during WW II. After WW
II he flew contarcts for the Nany out of Arcida CA

Comments: My older cousin, Gene Marlin (not certain Gene is his
legal first name) was a PBY pilot flying in the Aleutians during
World War II. He is (was) married to a Jeannie Marlin and in
1949 had two sons. I have a picture of him in a fur llined flying
jacket. He told stories of flying over Soviet territory and that
they had fired on him. When my dad died in 1951 I lost track
of Gene and other oldler cousins who also served in the Pacific
during WW II ( Navy and Marines). I have tried with no success
to find if Gene is still alive and where he might be if he is.
Any suggestions as to how I might find out about him and where
he or his family might be today?



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#231 added November 6, 2009

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Name: Ralph Wiley

Location: Medford, Oregon

Age: 50-59

Military: none

Comments: Son of aviation Machinist Mate, Raymond G. Wiley who
flew in one of the Black Cat Squadrons in the Pacific Islands
during the war. I am trying to find out which sqadron it was
and any info about it. Dad is gone now and I need to learn more
about his Navy and war life that I do not know about. I know
very little as he did not talk about it except for some of the
fun stuff. The main thing I do know is that a sister sqadron
painted a PINK whale on the side of their plane and named them
the WHALE KILLERS



Guest #230 added October 19, 2009

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Name: Martin Cerrone

Location: Norwalk, Ct

Age: 50-59

Military: Only the admiration for the heroes that put everything
on the line then and now so that we all are able to live in the
greatest country in the world.

Comments: My father flew out of Brazil 1941-1944. VP 45. His
Aircraft was flown from Virginia to Pensacola Fla. to be put
on display in the Navy Air Museum. ( I think that was in 1944).
The names he recalls are Capt. Chuck Schwarz, Lt. Barrett and
Ens. Madden.


If I had a single wish, it would be to
get up in a vintage PBY with my dad and brother.



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Name: Len Smallwood

Email: LSMALLWOOD6@satx.rr.com

Location: San Antonio, TX

Age: 60-69

Military: Sole surviving son of a deceased veteran. Classified
4A. My mom lost her brother of the Franklin in April 45 and her
husband (My Dad) in August 45. I was born in early September,
She went into labor the day she got the telegram. She didn’t
want me to serve so I didn’t.

Comments: I understand my father Lt.jg Leonard F. (Chip) Smallwood
flew the Catalina in the movie Wake Island. I have been unable
to verify this. I have an Officer Qualification Report showing
flight hours for the previous two years, dated 2-45 that shows
120 hours in PBY’s and 860 hours in PV-1 & 2’s. He was in
VB/VPB-144 in 44 & 45 flying the PV’s.


Any one with info about him or the Cat
in the movie will be appreciated.



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Name: Michael Morrison

Location: Shirley, N.Y.

Age: 30-39

Military: USMC and Army

Comments: My grandfather was a tailgunner and I would like to
know if anyone

knew him. His name was Steve Morrison and he was on the Four
Roses.

Thank You all for your service.

Mike Morrison



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#227 added October 12, 2009

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Name: J.E. Haley

Location: HARBOR Location, CA

Age: 70-79

Military: NONE

Comments: I AM SEARCHING FOR INFO ON NAVY TRAINER CRASH OFF LOS
ALAMITOS, CA IN NOV/DEC, 1959. MY BROTHER-IN-LAW, HAROLD GRIMSLEY,
WAS KILLED AND WAS ONLY PERSON THEY DID NOT FIND.



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#226 added October 1, 2009

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Name: William E. Westlake

Location: Seattle, Wa

Age: 60-69

Military: US Coast Guard Retired 1961 to 1981. Subsistence Specialist
1st Class (Cook) Stationed in Sitka Alaska befor I retired and
Visited Kodiak

Comments: My Dad was stationed in Patrol Squadron 17. I know
at least Sitka and was told he was in Kodiak also. Actually saw
one leave the runway at Metlakatla Alaska on my way to Cordova
Alaska



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#225 added August 25, 2009

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Name: Kurt Feil

Location: Oak Harbor, WA

Age: 20-29

Military: Active Duty

Comments: I just visited the exhibits last weekend at the Seaplane
base, and I thouroughly enjoyed my time there. From the old Canteem
up front to the Sim in the back, I was interested all along the
way. Outstanding experience, thanks in particular to Bruce, who
guided me along as I went through the exhibits



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#224 added August 13, 2009

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Name: Glenn Ray Spear

Location: Munford AL.

Age: 60-69

Military: Retired U.S. Army National Guard SFC served fist gulf
war Desert Shield/Desert Storm attached to the 18th airborne.
23 years total military service

Comments: My father George Lorne Spear, USN, Aviation Chief Radioman
patrol squadron 34 PBY-5 seaplane part of the Black Cat Squadron
official records of the Navy Dept. In the status of missing in
action as of 10 Jan. 1944 Patrol Squadron 34, took off from New
Guina on a night patrol mission over the southwest coast of New
Ireland and failed to return.



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#223 added August 13, 2009

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Name: Gina Yarbrough

Location: Odessa TX

Age: 60-69

Military: father-in-law was a naval pilot (ensign) during WWII
and Korea

Comments: My father-in-law, a naval pilot, flew the PBY during
WWII. He often tells a story of attempting to rescue a downed
plane in the Pacific during a hurricane. On the plane was a general
on his way to sign the peace treaty. The general was not rescued,
but one crewman was. My father-in-law’s plane was destroyed in
the rescue attempt, an SOS was sent out, and a merchant ship
rescued the PBY crew and the other man. I can find no mention
of this event on any website. Can anyone help?



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#222 added July 23, 2009

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Name: Thomas Lynch

Location: Plains, Pa

Age: 60-69

Found: Browsing the web

Found More:

Military: USMC 1966-1969 0311 Rifleman

USAFR Retired

Comments: Researching LT Howard Wagenhals USMC. A WW11
Marine Pilot.

He flew PBY aircraft. Would like to know what WW11 Marine

Corps squadron flew the PBY.



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#221 added May 28, 2009

Name: Fred Nicolau

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Location: Natal, RN

Country: Brazil

Age: 40-49

Found: Recommended by friend

Military: I wish

Comments: I belong to The Rampa Foundation, from Natal,
Brazil. I would like to hear from people related to the veterans
that fought WW2 in Brazil, Natal particulary, but any other Location
ok too. www.fundacaorampa.com.br



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#220 added April 22, 2009

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Name: Mike Allegre

Location: Keizer, OR

Military: Maj (ret) USAF

PBY Interest: Like so many Baby Boomers, I didn’t learn
from my dad exactly what unit he served with during WWII. I know
he was an aircraft machinest mate to a Naval air unit at Hickham.
He served/flew as a crew chief in PBYs (3, 4, 5?) and also worked
and flew on C-47s. I have his DD-214 equivalent, but am unable
to tell what unit he was assigned to while at Hickham from mid-1944
to war’s end.

—–Is
there a resource where I can try and locate this info by looking
at units assigned at Hickham?

—–Thank
you for this website and the memorial at Whidbey. As a retired
USAF officer, I have a great interest in most military aircraft,
especially WWII planes. I must visit soon.



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#219 added April 14, 2009

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Name: Jeannine Melton

Location: Bainbridge, GA

Age: 50-59

Military:

Pby Interest:



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#218 added April 9, 2009

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Name: Judy Keenan Maher

Location: Ramsey, NJ

Age: 60-69

Military: Daughter of deceased Navy veteran

Pby Interest: I am trying to find information about a
plane crash my father, Joseph Daniel Keenan, was in on Feb. 18,
1945 in the South Pacific probably off Guadalcanal. He was in
VJ-13 at the time. He told us that the pilot was killed and the
others survived. There is no mention of it in VJ-13’s cruisebook.
I have in my possession the telegram informing my grandparents
of the crash. He flew in a PBY.



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Name: Ronald T. Moran

BORDER="0" NATURALSIZEFLAG="3">Location: Ruther Glen, Va

Age: 50-59

Military: My father, AOC Raymond T. Moran (deceased) was
in VP21 and 102 and I just received the Bronze Star for him last
Friday. He was also in VP62 and flew in the Aleutians after he
got back here from Perth.

Pby Interest: Hello out there all you sailors. I’m looking
for anyone that may have flown with my Dad. He was in from 1935
to 1955. He was on the Langley, the Yorktown and the Lake Champlaign
also. Please drop me an e-mail. Thanks, Ron



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#216 added March 31, 2009

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Name: Dwight Smith

Location: Ingalls, IN

Age: 80-89

Military: US army 1947-1954

Pby Interest: My friend Mr EICHER, served with VP42 at
Whidby and Iwakuni in 1964-1964. He seeks to contact Lt Cmdr
Papas, or any other veterans from VP42 in 64-65. We would be
delighted to hear from you



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Name: Larry Seth Steinberg

Location: Silver Location, NV

Age: 60-69

Military:

Pby Interest: Two members of an experimental B-25 survived
a ditching off Buka Is on 17Feb44. One was my Father SSgt Lester
Steinberg (13thAAF, 42ndBG, 69thBS). Rescued by a dumbo at sea,
he was given a Hawaiian overstamped $1 bill; it has, in faded
ink, "Royal Order of Drips Lester A Steinberg… At sea,
Feb. 18, 1944… off Buka Is" It is very hard to read the
names of the USN crew… perhaps.. James S. Mattof, Patrick Watts,
Robert E. ____ USN, Wm Carlisle O-808101, David Kellman, Warren
Johnson, P Reed, Thos J Price, William S Pure, Bill Cook.


I always thought the number sequence was
an officer’s serial #… BUT now believe it refers to Navy BuNo
#08101, assigned to PBY construction No. 920 (Later US civil
N5588V). Can anyone confirm her flying with VP-33 or VP-34? LtJG
Nathan Gordon won his Medal of Honor that week flying from stationing
at Vitu Is to Kavieng Harbor with BuNo #08139… "Arkansas
Traveler" of VP-34. … Any response or data appreciated.



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#214 added March 18, 2009

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Name: Pete Sloman

From: Pasadena, CA

Age: 50-59

Military: US Navy ’71-’75; CTI3 (Vietnamese, Hanoi dialect);
DLIEC 5/71-4/72; NSA 10/72-12/73; NAVCOMSTAPHIL San Miguel, 1/74-1/75;
USS Chicago (CG-11) summer ’74.

Pby Interest: My brother Chris posted a photo of our Dad’s
crew at Dutch Harbor (see photos page
-crews -Aleutians
)
. Dad told us that after a particularly
harrowing semi-crash landing, they managed to patch up the plane
with materials on board, thanks to very helpful drawings in the
"owner’s manual". After he got home he told his mother
about it; she went upstairs, came back with a roll of blueprints.
"You mean these?" She was an industrial draftsman at
Consolidated and had done the drawings.


She was a beautiful plane; just birdlike
enough to avoid looking like a flying brick.



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Name: Dennis May

From:

Age:

Military:

WIDTH="135" HEIGHT="212" ALIGN="RIGHT" BORDER="0" NATURALSIZEFLAG="3">Pby
Interest:
Unfortunately, my father, Roy May from Indiana,
died when I was 13, before I had any thought to ask him about
his photographs or his experience during the War. I only know
from his separation papers that he enlisted 10/27/42 (when he
was 33 years old) and his date of separation was 11/23/45. I
think he was with the Squadron HEDRON FAW 12 at Key West from
early after his enlistment to about the end of 1944 when he then
was on the USS Alcor in the Pacific.


I don’t suppose there is much chance anyone
would recognize my father in the photograph and be able to share
any memories of him, but just in case, my father is in the second
photo, the one where there are three kneeling and four standing
behind them. My father one of the four standing, the one on the
far left. (see photos page -crews-Hedron-FAW12)
Aside from specific memories of my father, I would appreciate
hearing any description of the nature of the operations of these
planes which I understand were hunting submarines.



Guest #212 added March 6, 2009

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Name: George R. Thenn, Jr.

From: Alameda, CA

Age: 90-99

Military: MAJ, AUS-Ret, Corps of Engineers, United States
Army; active duty: SWPA, 1944-46, "All the say back, with
‘Mac,’"

1897th Engineer Aviation Battalion, 6-airstrips.

Pby Interest: My first post-high shool job in 1937 was
as a "Sheet Metal

Helper," with Consolidated Aircraft, Lindberg Field, San
Diego, California. The "X-Models" for the PBY had been
accepted by the Navy, and for the B-24, by the Army Air Corps.


I participated in the manufacture of the
first 13-plane squadrons for each model. Since there were only
the initial, 13-plane orders, Consolidated did not "tool-up"
and did not use mass-producing drop-hammers and steel dies; all
sheet metal was initially formed on wooden forms, heaat-treated
and re-formed–WWII changed all of this, which I was able to
see, personally, when I returned for a summer’s work, after my
Freshman Year at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas.
The incessant noise of many drop-hammers would be a reminder
me later in the war.



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#211 added February 27, 2009

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Name: Tim Newell

From: Waynesboro, MS

Age:

Military: I am a US Marine sniper.

Pby Interest: My Dad, Capt. Dale S. Newell, flew the PBY
with VP24 during WWII in the Pacific. Later with VP 41 in Alaska.
Later flew the PB4Y out of NAS Atlanta. Retired in Oct. 1961.
I’m searching for info on my Dad. I am fairly familiar with the
PBY and it’s history. Searching for Dad’s WWII PBY info. 



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#210 added February 27, 2009

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Name: Mitch Carlson

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Age:

Military:

Pby Interest: I’m looking for information about PBY Squadrons
operating out of Brazil in WW2 (could’ve been only one of two,
actually, depending on dates). My late father, Jack A. Carlson,
LT, USNR, was a pilot with the Natal, Brazil-based unit from
’43 (?) to ’45 (?). He was a quiet man, not prone to tooting
his own horn, so I have little information on him other than
the above.



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#209 added February 26, 2009

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Name: Leonard Miller

From: Springdale, Arkansas

Age: 80-89

Military: Staff Sgt. in the 13th Air Force in the 2nd
rescue group of Air Sea & Rescue WW2 June 1943-January 1946

Pby Interest: I was a radio control gunner in the PBY
5a Catalina



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#208 added February 19, 2009

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Name: Susan Wantuck

From: Sharpsburg GA

Age: 50-59

Military:

Pby Interest: Husband is retired Army



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#207 added February 13 , 2009

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Name: Sandy Van Fossen

From: Lakewood, WA

Age: 40-49

Military: none

Pby Interest: I am searching for information on my uncle
shot down over Guadal Canal. My information is vague because
my mother passed and I have very little info to go on. His name
was Herman Sauter.



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#206 added February 13 , 2009

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Name: William c. Praegner

From: Sultan, WA

Age: 60-69

Military: none "damm it"

Pby Interest: My dad John Griffith Praegner was a radio
man on a pby during WWII. He flew of Brazil looking for U boats.
Want to find out infromation about his squadron and his record
if I can.



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#205 added February 13 , 2009

Name: John Sandiford

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From: Woburn, MA

Age: 50-59

Military: Served in Alaska Air National Guard

Pby Interest: My Father Flew he PBY 5A He wa the MAchini
Mate First Class. They sank a destroyer with it, lost one crewman.
All got the DFC. I am looking for that story/citation.



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#204 added January 25 , 2009

Name: Dayna Sluder

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From: Meridian, Indiana

Age: 40-49

Military:

Pby Interest: I located this website while searching for
information regarding a PBY-5A that went missing in 1943 out
of Pensicola. Would love to talk to someone who has any information
regarding the anti-sub patrol during this time. Thanks



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#203 added January 25, 2009

Name: Jim Lemons

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From: Omaha, Nebraska

Age: 80-89

Military: Seaman first class, AOM, Aircrewman (NATTC,
Millington, Tenn.)Flew in VP 91 1944 -1945

Pby Interest: Visited NAS Whidbey on Vacation. Would like
to hear from any of the crews at NAS Whidby during my time there.
My plane captain was Lt. Cmdr. Corboy. I was station there when
one of the other pilots flew there crew under the Deception Pass
Bridge.



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#202 added January 25, 2009

Name: Donald Hoover

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From: Rome Location,
Indiana

Age: 70-79

Military: US Navy 04/1951 to 10/1970 Changed rate from
AD to At Retired as ATCS

Pby Interest: I flew as flight mech on two of the PBY’s
located at Air Ops, Sangley Point P.I. 1952 to 1954. Flew between
Clark AFB, Subic Bay and Sangley Pt., One trip to Palawan Lepper
Colony with a Catholic priest who was working with the Leppers.
I remember the Glass sight gauges for the fuel level, the mixture
controls, the crank for the wing floats just in case the electrical
system failed and the rid in the bubbles was fantistic. The APU
was pretty noisy though and making a bouy could be a trick. Loved
it!!! great memories.



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#201 added January 25, 2009

Name: Phil Quirk

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From: Pawnee, OK

Age: 40-49

Military:

Pby Interest: My father, LT. (jg) Robert James Quirk,
from Chicago Illinbois served in WW11 as Navy pilot, was in Ottumwa
Iowa, Quajalane, looking for anyone who may remember him. He
passed away when i was 11 years old (1971)and did not get to
ask questions about his service years. He was a CHP officer in
Calif.



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#200 added January 4, 2009

Name: William Schultz

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From: Grand Prarie
Texas

Age:

Found: search engine

Military: Served on Cold Bay Alaska for ten months then
shipped out to Amchitka Island, arriving there the Day after
the Japanese bombed the airfield there.We served under General
Simon Boliver Buckner of the A.D.C. My Outfit was the "203rd
Coast RTILLry Anti Aircraft" Battalion.

Pby Interest: Approxamently two or three weeks ago you showed a film of this engagement with Japanese. I am writing this note to inquire how I may acquire a copy Of that engagement










































































































































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#199 added December 26, 2008

Name: Paul Mason
family member

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Comments: Looking for information on PBY pilot named Paul
D. Mason.. Don’t know whether or not he served in WW ll…but
he passed away about 1992..93, in Ft Worth Texas.


Guest #198 added December 26, 2008

Name: Alistair Campbell

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From: West Vancouver, BC Canada
Age: 60-69
Military Background: 6 yrs USAF early 1960’s
Comments: Was actually looking for PBY airframe guy Ray…someone, (blister-mounting ring expert!) who ran Catalina Aero, Cassidy Airport B.C., 1990’s. they had two Cansos, one was flown to UK in 2003. Friends who were Canso pilots of RCAF 413 Sqdn, Koggala, also RAF friend trained Pensy in 41, flew anti-sub Carib after Dec 7, then Shetlands and Ceylon. Most beautiful acft ever built. Does anyone remember Ray?


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#197 added December 26, 2008

Name: Erik Zimmeht


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From: Ottumwa, IA

Age: 20-29

Military Background:

Comments: My grandfather Harold Douglas Grimsley an Aviation
Ord. man 3rd class was killed on Jan 01,1960 off the coast of
California. He was a gunner in a P2v Neptune. I am looking for
any and all information about this tragic accident. I have had
no luck in my search that has been going on for a couple of years.
If anybody has any ideas please let me know. Thanks



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#196 added December 26, 2008

Name: Patrick Walton


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From: Menomonee Falls,
WI

Age: 40-49

Found: browsing the web

Military Background: I was in the 961rst AWACS USAF Okinawa 1987-89

Comments: Father was USN on USS Dent in Guadacanal from 1943-45.



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#195 added December 26, 2008

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From: N. Fort Myers,
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Age: 50-59

Military Background:

Comments: Searching for a list of the soldiers killed at
pearl harbor. Thanks for any info



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#194 added December 26, 2008

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From: Long Beach,
CA

Age: 50-59

Found: browsing the web

Comments: I am with the State Military Reserve, Center for
Military History and we are working on a book about the Base
in Los Alamitos. We are looking for pictures, documentation and
interviews. Please respond if interested. Thank you



 Guest
#193 added November 22, 2008

Name: Michael Fulgham,


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From: San Diego, CA

Age: 70-79

Military Background: CWO-4, USNR-Ret: Mainly aircraft avionics/aircrew maintenance
with HS-6, VP-777, VP-782, VF-302, and VAW-88.

Comments: My father, Pat Fox Fulgham, was an enlisted Chief
Naval Aviation Pilot (AMMC-NAP), who flew PBY’s and PBY-5A’s
out of Pensacola, Gitmo, NAS Los Alamitos, and finally in French
Morocco with VP-92. I have always had an interest in PBY’s, since
my father died in a crash taking off from Port Leyote. His legacy
still influences my family with one of his grandsons getting
his grandfather’s Navy gold wings pinned on him in 1996.



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#192 added November 1, 2008

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From: Virginia Beach,
VA

Age: 50-59

Military Background: None

Comments: My father, Lt John Yankoski, flew PBY Catalinas
in WW2. Hometown Baltimore, MD. He arrived at Saipan in Jan 1945.
he flew dumbo, not black cat missions. His handle, i believe,
was ‘Big Yank.’ co-pilot’s name- Luther Pringle from Wyoming.
searching for any info of his navy service. Not sure what his
squadron no. was. Thanks!



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#191 added July 18, 2008

Name: Jerry, Nancy
Lorigan

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From: Fremont, CA

Age: 70-79

Military Background: Army

Comments: Friend’s interest and conversation



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#190 added July 2, 2008

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#199 added December 26, 2008

Name: Paul Mason
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Age:

Military Background:

Comments: Looking for information on PBY pilot named Paul
D. Mason.. Don’t know whether or not he served in WW ll…but
he passed away about 1992..93, in Ft Worth Texas.



Guest
#198 added December 26, 2008

Name: Alistair
Campbell

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From: West Vancouver,
BC Canada

Age: 60-69

Military Background: 6 yrs USAF early 1960’s

Comments: Was actually looking for PBY airframe guy Ray…someone,
(blister-mounting ring expert!) who ran Catalina Aero, Cassidy
Airport B.C., 1990’s. they had two Cansos, one was flown to UK
in 2003. Friends who were Canso pilots of RCAF 413 Sqdn, Koggala,
also RAF friend trained Pensy in 41, flew anti-sub Carib after
Dec 7, then Shetlands and Ceylon. Most beautiful acft ever built.
Does anyone remember Ray?



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#197 added December 26, 2008

Name: Erik Zimmeht


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From: Ottumwa, IA

Age: 20-29

Military Background:

Comments: My grandfather Harold Douglas Grimsley an Aviation
Ord. man 3rd class was killed on Jan 01,1960 off the coast of
California. He was a gunner in a P2v Neptune. I am looking for
any and all information about this tragic accident. I have had
no luck in my search that has been going on for a couple of years.
If anybody has any ideas please let me know. Thanks



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#196 added December 26, 2008

Name: Patrick Walton


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From: Menomonee Falls,
WI

Age: 40-49

Found: browsing the web

Military Background: I was in the 961rst AWACS USAF Okinawa 1987-89

Comments: Father was USN on USS Dent in Guadacanal from 1943-45.



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#195 added December 26, 2008

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From: N. Fort Myers,
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Age: 50-59

Military Background:

Comments: Searching for a list of the soldiers killed at
pearl harbor. Thanks for any info



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#194 added December 26, 2008

Name: Sharon, / CLEAR="ALL">
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From: Long Beach,
CA

Age: 50-59

Found: browsing the web

Comments: I am with the State Military Reserve, Center for
Military History and we are working on a book about the Base
in Los Alamitos. We are looking for pictures, documentation and
interviews. Please respond if interested. Thank you



Found: Link from another site

Military Background: Current NFO in the local P-3 reserve squadron.

Comments: I have been interested in the PBY since I was a
kid. When I was stationed in Pensacola I remember the seaplane
ramp next to the McDonalds and tried to imagine what it would
have been like to fly a seaplane. Everytime I go to the exchange
at Whidbey I always take time to go look at the seaplane ramp.
Good luck with the project, I would love to see a restored PBY
back on the ramp!!



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#189 added June 19, 2008

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From: Port Macquarie,
NSW Australia

Age: 50-59

Comments: I am doing research a Catalina that flew Bob Hope
around the Pacific on his tour during 1944. This plane crash
landed at Laurieton in Australia with no passengers or crew injured.
Records show that the pilots name was Ferguson. Any information
would be greatly appreciated



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#188 added May 9, 2008

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From: Alma, Nebraska

Age: 40-49

Military Background:

Comments: I am the youngest daughter of Am2c(AB) Louis M.
Feigt, who was on the First Roster of the Black Cats in Guadalcanal.
He was very proud to be in that squardron, so am I. Knowing my
Dad and his way of perfection, I also remember him telling me
something about the painting, so I am betting it was him that
did the painting. He would tell me about all kinds of things
about the Black Cats. He passed away in 1988.



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#187 added May 9, 2008

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From: Annadale, New
Jersey

Age: 50-59

Military Background:

Comments: My father J. C. Stagg flew in them during ww2 floyd

bennett field ,Long Island N. Y. – the rock of Gilbraltra do
not know

much he never talked about it – very little any info would be
greatly

appreciated



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#186 added May 9, 2008

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From: Hilo, Hawaii

Age: 60-69

Military Background:

Comments: I live on Big Island of Hawaii. I took photos of
a PBY Catalina in mid-1980s at the Hilo Airport. The PBY was
parked there enroute to mainland US. The ID # N68740 was on the
tail of the plane. I was just wondering whatever happened to
that PBY and if it is still flying or what? Can anyone give me
ideas/leads on how/where to trace it? Thank you.



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#185 added April 28, 2008

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From: Ann Arbor, MI

Age: 50-59

Military Background:

Comments: My uncle, Edward Fragnito, was an ARM2-C in VP-43
during WWII. He was stationed in Attu for at least six months
beginning in Oct. 42. His captain was Al Lorenger. They were
involved in the bombing raid of Paramishiro. He is wondering
if there are any fellow crew mates who may be associated with
this group or if there is general information he might be able
to get about the airmen of those days.



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#184 added April 28, 2008

Name: Art Fernandez
(Del Rey)

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From: Arcadia, CA

Age: 80-89

Military Background: I was a first class petty officer AOAB. I flew in a
PBY-5A squadron VPB-23. I was on Saipan, Peleliu, Guam and Ulithi
and Eniwetok. We flew reconnsiance around Iwo Jawa prior to invasion.
I was in the service from 1943-1945.



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#183 added April 5, 2008

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From: Redding, CA

Age: 40-49


Military Background: My father Woodward Otho Mckinley was a aviation machinist
mate 2nd class v6-s. Served 9-13-43 to 12-23-45.His discharge
papers say patrol bombing sqd#53 #62 and Hedron FAW #6. I have
a picture of him in front of

his PBY 5-A with his crew.Second pilot Robinson; First pilot
Donald Nellis; navigator Osborne;1st radioman Pat Trowbridge;
aviation machinestmate Noll; 2nd radioman Sam Garrone;ordinanceman
Frank Magri. He

mentioned serving in the Aelution Islands, Whidby Island the
Philipines, Somoa. If anyone new any of these guys or my father
would love to here from you!!!

Comments: my father talked so little about his time in the
service but I found a poem he wrote to my mother during that
period and it filled me with pride. Thanks to all who served
and are serving.



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#182 added April 5, 2008

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From: Key Biscayne,
FL

Age: 40-49

Military Background:

Comments: My father, William (Willy) A. Hewett was a pilot
of a PBY. He trained in Pensacola and was based for a time in
Alaska. I would like to make contact with anyone who may have
served with him.



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#181 added March 31, 2008

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Age group: 50-59

Military Background:
Raised in a Navy Family ~ Glenview NAS, IL



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#180 added March 10, 2008

Name: Cecil Lyons
III

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From: PORT SAINT JOE,
FL

Age group: 40-49

Military Background:

Comments:  My grandfather, Cecil
Lyons Sr. was a crewmember on a PBY during the war. He was stationed
on Pearl Harbor and many other islands in the Pacific. I would
love to hear from anyone who may have served with him. He is
deceased now but left me some of his log books and some pictures
of his service.

Added March 17, 2008: I have more info on my grandfather.
He was a Aviation Machinist Mate First Class. I know from his
log books that he was in Pensacola in 1941-1943 then he was shiped
to the Pacific on the ship WestPoint sometime in 1944. He was
stationed at Pearl and a few other islands in late 44 and 45.
The pictures we have show him standing in front of a black PBY
which probably puts him in a Black Cat group. We can’t find any
unit identification. If anyone served with him I would love to
get more info. Thanks.


Guest
#179 added March 7, 2008

Name: Scott A. Fitzpatrick / CLEAR="ALL">
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for contact information.

From: Roanoke, VA / CLEAR="ALL">
Age group: 40-49

Discovered PBYMA.org:
Linked form another site.

Military Background:
US Navy Aircrewman SH-2F/HH-2D and SH-60F/HH-60D.

Comments:
 My Dad was assigned to an Army Air Force Emergency Rescue
Squadron in Okinawa and flew the SB-17G and OA-10A.


Guest
#178 added March 5, 2008

Name: James Sumpter / CLEAR="ALL">
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for contact information.

From: Boswell, Indiana / CLEAR="ALL">
Age group: 60-69

Discovered PBYMA.org:
Browsing the internet

Military Background: U.S.
Army

Comments:  I watched a program on the
history channel some time ago & Capt. William [Wild Bill]
Sumpter’s name was mentioned. He was a PBY Black Cat pilot. My
quest is know information about him, place of birth, death. relatives.
I and my cousins are into our family’s tree. Any information
would be welcomed


Guest
#177 added February 25, 2008

Name: David B.
Relyea

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From: Portland, OR / CLEAR="ALL">
Age group: 60-69

Discovered PBYMA.org:
Browsing the internet

Military Background: :
P5M-2 Martin Seaplane Sqd VP-47, AT-2 crew 6 1957-59. Stationed
at Alameda NAS, Calif’ Iwakuni, Japan. Joined VP-892 P2v7f, Sand
Point NAS’ WA

Comments:  I’ve always enjoyed
seaplanes and after seeing ( South Pacific ) I was determined
to try getting into a VP squadron. I enjoyed my tour and was
proud to wear the uniform!


Guest
#176 added February 16, 2008

Name: Jerry Rodriguez

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for contact information.

From: Houston, TX / CLEAR="ALL">
Age group: 50-59

Discovered PBYMA.org:
searching for old Naval-Air buddy, came across his name, Robert
Aul, on this site

Military Background: U.S.
Navy 1976-1980 USS Nimitz VF-84 Jolly Rogers

Comments:
 Great site love seeing military personel staying together.
The military was a small portion of my life, but a big memory



Guest
#175 added February 5, 2008

Name: Kathy Rogers / CLEAR="ALL">
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From: Milltown, Indiana / CLEAR="ALL">
Age group: 50-59

Military Background:


Comments:   I’m writing on behalf of
my Dad, Cort Jerome Rogers. He was a PBY pilot in WWII, trained
at Pensacola, flew in a Utility Squadron at Kaneohoe Bay, Hawaii,
and then went to Espiritu Santo in the South Pacific. He returned
stateside and was finally stationed at Terminal Island in Southern
California, where he was promoted to the Detached Squadron’s
Executive Officer (Utility Squadron 12 "A"). Would
love to hear from anyone who knew him.


 Guest
#174 added February 4, 2008

Name: James Southern / CLEAR="ALL">
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From: Chatt, TN / CLEAR="ALL">
Age group: 80-89

Military Background:
Naval Air Corp 1944-1946 AMM/3

Comments:   enjoyed
working and flying in the cat


Guest
#173 added January 21, 2008

Name: Carl Mehlenbeck / CLEAR="ALL">
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From: United States / CLEAR="ALL">
Age group:

Military Background:
USAF 19620966

Comments:   My uncle,
Carl F. Mehlenbeck was waist gunner on a PBY, I believe, based
at Clark Field, but I don’t know for sure. I also think they
may have ditched once or twice Becuase he said the small U.S.
flag they all carried saved his life a couple of times. I have
that, and also a patch from his suqaron VPB 119 Dragon Squadron.
Any other information anyone could send would be greatly appreciated


Guest
#172 added January 14, 2008

Name: Ragnar J.
Ragnarsson

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From: Reykjavik Iceland / CLEAR="ALL">
Age group: 60-69

Military Background:


Comments:    I am the author of
"US Navy PBY Catalina Units of WW.II [Osprey Publications].
Presently I’m working on another book that will include individual
service histories for every PBY variant built, and would welcome
hearing from anyone that who served on PBYs, Catalinas, Cansos,
OA00s, etc.  


 Guest
#171 added January 13, 2008

Name: Rodney Nelson
Baker

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for contact information.

From: Indian Rocks
Beach, FL

Age group: 40-49

Military
Background:

Comments: Dad was on the crew of
a PBY that was trained in San Diego and stationed in the Aleutian
Islands. His name was Russ Baker and he went on to a career in
aerospace manufacturing.


 Guest
#170 added January 13, 2008

Name: Robert D.
Aul

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for contact information.

From: Pittsburgh,
PA

Age group: 40-49

Military Background:

Comments: I am the author of "US
Navy PBY Catalina Units of WW.II [Osprey Publications]. Presently
I’m working on another book that will include individual service
histories for every PBY variant built, and would welcome hearing
from anyone that who served on PBYs, Catalinas, Cansos, OA00s,
etc.


Guest
#169 added January 11, 2008

Name: Lynn Voss / CLEAR="ALL">
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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Louisburg, KS

Age group: 50-59

Military Background: US Navy 1969 – 1973, Naval Security Group

Comments:
My Father, Deward "Duke" Voss served with VP24 during
WW2. Dad died in 1993. This Christmas I was at my Mothers after
her move and we found an old trunk of my Dads. It is full of
pictures from his time during the war. There are numerous pictures
of different crews, some men are named, others are not. Also,
we found Dad’s old flight log. Also of

note, is a picture of a gentleman painting the Black Cat logo.
If someone is interested, I may be able to scan the pictures
for your use. 



Guest
#168 added January 5, 2008

Name: Bill Sweeney / CLEAR="ALL">
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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Chesapeake, VA

Age group: 70-79

Military Background: USMCR, ACTIVATED DURING KOREAN WAR.

Comments:
Oldest brother, Robert E. Sweeney, was an Aviation Ordinanceman,
and a CPO on a Catalina. He was assigned to a squadron that was
working out of North Africa during the period 19430945. He later
returned to the Floyd Bennett airfield in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was
a resident of Brooklyn before and after the war. I wonder if
someone can tell me the Unit’s number.


Guest
#167 added January 2, 2008

Name: Lee Truan / CLEAR="ALL">
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Web Site:

From:
San Jose, CA

Age group: 70-79

Military Background: U.S.Navy 19510954

Comments: Was
stationed at Sangley Point Phillipines 19510953.was flight engineer
on BY-6A I had lot of interesting flights on her and many trips
to Subic Bay and Clark Air Base.often wondered what happened
to the old bird.


Guest
#166 added December 28, 2007

Name: Bob, Ron,
Jack, Susie and Sara Frame

Email: contact HREF="mailto:webmaster@pbymf.org?subject=PBY Guestbook Inquiry %23"
166>webmaster for contact information.

Web
Site:

From: Toccoa, GA

Age
group: 50-59

Military Background: My dad flew a PBY ("The Angler")during
WW11 in the

Pacific.

Comments: We have always known about
the plane (PBY) that Dad flew during the war and had a general
sense of what it’s role was (air-sea rescue). I guess we always
thought that flying a fighter or bomber would have been more
glamorous, but after reading a crew member of Dad’s

account of one of their rescues, we all developed an immense
sense of respect for the courage these "kids" had.
We can get a copy of the rescue account (it is chilling to read)
and also have a really cool picture of his plane (The Angler)
while is flight over the Pacific while Dad was piloting it- it’s
very neat.



Guest
#165 added December 28, 2007

Name: Marcel Dujardin / CLEAR="ALL">
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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Belgium

Age group: 40-49

Discovered
PBYMA.org: I’m searching info about 5ERS because I’m collector
of

USAAF jacket and equipment

military_background:

Military Background: / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: i was into Belgian Navy and already interested
by emergency rescue squadron because it was a good way to join
my work and my passion (USAAF). I enjoy really that plane and
the crew for what they done during the war. If someone (collector
or veteran of ERS) have good link and or photo, don’t hesitate.
I wish to paint an M445 jacket as an original one. Preserve all
airplane of the past is important. no one to forget all those
men who serve and die for our freedom. God bless America.and
God bless all American Veterans of all conflicts.



 Guest #164 added December 28th, 2007 / CLEAR="ALL">
Name: JAMES A.WALLS

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webmaster
for contact information.

From: Killeen, Tx / CLEAR="ALL">
Age group: 80-89

Military Background:
US NAVY WW01 1942 TO 1946,US ARMY 1948 TO 196,9

RESERVES 1969 TO 1978 WW01 PACIFIC KANOEH HAWAII -NEW CALEDONIA
– NEW HEBRIDES – SANTA CRUZE – GUADALCANAL – FLORIDA ISLAND –
SUVA ISLAND – ADMIRALITIES – NEW GUNIE – SAN DIEGO – BOOT CAMP
42-332 JUNE 1942 BREMERTON WASH – USS MUNDA CVE004 USS COHAHEE
CVE 13 MATISON LINER TO THE STATES NOV,1943 – ASSTORIA ORG. –
SEASIDE ORG – BROWN FIELD CALIF – CAMP ELIOT CALIF – CAMP WALLACE,TEXAS
– KOREA 2 TOURS – GERMANY 2,TOURS – ELPASO -FORT BLISS – SANDIS
BASE NM – CAMP HANFORD WASH – FORT CAMPBELL, KY – FORT MEAD MD
– FORT

HOOD ,TEXAS – VP 11 AND VP 44 CASU 66 CASU -5 FORT SAM HOUSTON
TEXAS FORT – STEWART GA.

Comments: A TOTAL
OF 34 YEARS OF SERVICE. I WAS INJURED WHILE REMOVING THE LAND
ING GEAR OF A PBY IN THE BEACH CREW AT ESPIRTU SANTO NEW HEBERIEDS
EARLY 1943. I WAS AGAIN INJURED SAM LEG AND ANKLE AT FORT CAMPBELL,
KY 1961 AND AGAIN SAME ANKLE AND ANKLE AT HENRY KASERN MUNICH
GERMANY 1963 , I WAS WITH THE 11th ARTY C BTY FT CAMPBELL,KY
AND THE 3rd BN 19th INF HENRY KARSEN, GERMANY MUNICH THE SAME
ANKLE HAS BEEN INJURED MANY TIMES IN BETWEEN BUT THE VETERANS
ADM SAYS IT IS NOT SERVICE CONNECTED.


I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY ONE WHO KNOWS
ANY THING ABOUT THE PBYS AND THE BEACH CREWS THANKS TO ALL YOU
GUYS. I WAS 15 WHEN I JOINED AND THE 29th DEC 2007, THIS MONTH,
WILL BE 81.


I WAS ALWAYS PROUD OF THE PLANES AND THE
MEN WHO FLEW IN THEM

AND MY HEART HAS ALWAYS BEEN NAVY EVEN THOUGH I SPENT MOST OF
MY LIFE IN THE ARMY BEFORE I RETIRED. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM
ANY ONE WHO SERVED IN VP 11,VP 44,AND PATSU0-6 1943 OR ANY OTHER
SQUADRONS. I ALSO WAS AT NEW CALDONIA I ROAD THE SEA PLANE TENDER
TO GUADLCANAL. I ALSO WAS ON THE USS MACKINAC AT THE SANTA CRUZE
,VANKORA.



Guest
#163 added October 15th, 2007

Name: Jennifer / CLEAR="ALL">
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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
FUNAFUTI, FUNAFUTI TUVALU

Age group: 30-39 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: SURFING THROUGH THE NET / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: None

Comments:
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER.
HE WAS A MARINE NAVY ON FUNAFUTI,TUVALU.I HAVE LITTLE INFORMATION
ABOUT HIM. HE WAS KNOWN AS ‘BILL’ OR NICKNAME ‘BILL’DURING HIS
STAYING HERE, MAYBE FROM 1940 – 1945. HE HAD A SON AND WILL TURN
OUT 64 IN DECEMBER 2007.

ANYONE WHO HAVE INFORMATION
REGARDING MY SEACH, PLEASE DO INFORM ME AT MY EMAIL ADDRESS / CLEAR="ALL">


FACE="Arial">Guest #162 added October 3rd, 2007

Name:
Sherrie Jones

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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Lubbock, TX U.S.A.

Age group: 40-49

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Internet search

Military Background:
None

Comments: My dad was a pilot navigator
on PBY Squadron VPB 53. He passed away on Sept. 18th, 2007. We
wanted to research this while he was still living, but his illness
did not allow us. His plane was dubbed the "Wowwy Boid"
missions included Inowetoc, Funafuti, Tinian, Apamama, Pelilieu,
more (I can’t remember them all & in the right order). His name
is Byron Fred Gray, 2nd Lieutenant or Lieutenant Junior Grade?
Forgive–I’m not familiar with military ranks. He lived in Thalia,
Texas was 86 years old when he passed. If anyone has any information
about the men in his squadron, please contact me. He was reliving
alot of the war before he died it became very real to me. So
I would like to talk to someone who might have been with him. / CLEAR="ALL">


FACE="Arial">Guest #161 added September 15th, 2007

Name:
Harry J, Irwin

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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Spearfish, SD U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89
CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Browsing

Military
Background: USN–AMM-2C ‘BOUT IT

Comments: USN
"PATSU001, "Black Cats"–Solomon Islands Campaign.
Tempest Fugit!!



FACE="Arial">Guest #160 added September 10th, 2007

Name:
mickey braden

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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
garrettsville, OH U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: info on my dad at attu / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: dad flew on "honey dear"
i think out of attu. lt. r.a evans was the pilot r.w. braden
(my dad) j.f meyer w.h.bones b.moore w.allain l.t.s.gray g.harthcock
and w.soehner

Comments: by the looks of his
log book all these men were very busy. to them thank you! / CLEAR="ALL">


FACE="Arial">Guest #159 added September 6th, 2007

Name:
Michele Koby/Kirchiane

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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Jacksonville, FL U.S.A.

Age group: 30-39 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Researching my grandfather
Lt. Koby, Walter for anything I could find about my family I
do not know. Trying to figure out how to prove my eligablity
to the American Legion. I do not know how to aquire this info. / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: 1945-Jun04 VPB-71 Suadron
9th Squadron Fighter P-38 Lieutenant Walter J. Koby (0-769858),
pilot of a P-38 of the Ninth Fighter Squadron of the Forty-Ninth
Fighter Group.

Comments: I am his Grandaughter
and would like to hear from anyone about anything.



FACE="Arial">Guest #158 added August 28th, 2007

Name:
Paul J. Meisch, USN (Ret)

Email: contact HREF="mailto:webmaster@pbymf.org?subject=PBY Guestbook Inquiry %23158">webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
St Louis, MO U.S.A.

Age group: 40-49

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Google Search

Military Background:
Surface Warfare Officer, USN

Comments: Was great
to visit the PBY Foundation in August during my trip to NAS Whidbey
for CDR Dan Brown’s retirement. Keep up the good work and my
fingers are crossed that a benefactor provides you with a workable
flying boat. Godspeed and Good Luck!



FACE="Arial">Guest #157 added July 27th, 2007

Name:
J.Howard Collins

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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Coconut Creek, FL U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org:

Military Background: I flew in these Baby’s in WWII in the Southwest Pacific 44-46 6th ERS On Okinawa

Comments:



FACE="Arial">Guest #156 added July 11th, 2007

Name:
Marsha Hammonds

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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Hogansville, GA U.S.A.

Age group: 30-39 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Ran across it in the internet / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: I am doing family research
my grandfather was in the United States Navy. His name is Jesse
Ardell Hammonds – Seaman Second Class, SV-6, USNR.I have his
Honorable Discharge Certificate. He was discharged on 13th January
1946.Serial or file number 893 43 04 Place of Birth: 29 Aug 1919-
Spalding County, Ga. Date of entryinto active service: 8 Nov
1943. Highest rank : S2c. Service: USNTS, Great Lakes, ILL. USNAS,
Livermore, Calif; NAS, Alameda, Calif,; NAS, Livermore, Cal.; / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: Any info will greatly be appreciated. / CLEAR="ALL">


FACE="Arial">Guest #155 added July 9th, 2007

Name:
Paul Curran

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Web Site: www.catalinabookings.org / CLEAR="ALL">
From: UK

Age group: 30-39 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org:

Military
Background:

Comments: Currently Crew Chief for Catalina G-PBYA in the UK. Please keep up the good work! Please visit our web site.


























































































































































FACE="Arial">Guest #149 added May 22nd, 2007

Name:
Lee Truan

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for contact information.

From: San Jose, CA
U.S.A

Age group: 80-89

Discovered
PBYMA.org: By accident

Military Background:
U.S.Navy 19500954

Comments: Was flight engineer
on PBY-6A also crewed on JRF-5 and plane captain on F4U-5N corsair
and served on USS Boxer 53-54 with VC-3.


FACE="Arial">Guest #148 added May 4th, 2007

Name:
ALDO AZZOLIN

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for contact information.

From: Addison, IL
U.S.A

Age group: 80-89

Discovered
PBYMA.org: My son requesting VFW information

Military
Background: AMM3/C Enlisted 42-46 Hedron Fleet Air Wing Four.
46-48 Glenview Naval Air Station Reserve Stationed in Aleutian
Islands Amchitka,Adak,Attu. Flew some sectors as sub flight engineer
on PBY’S Kept charge of flight logs. Nick named "Zoot" / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: Considered the PBY one of the greatest
aircraftes ever built, loved flying in it, and amazing how those
two Pratt and Whitney engines performed with such a large aircraft.
Does anyone know Joe La Barbera from CA, or a Sterling from Texas,
or a Chief Beard??


FACE="Arial">Guest #147 added April 23rd, 2007

Name:
John W. Hamilton

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for contact information.

From: Silverton, OR
U.S.A

Age group: 70-79

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Prowling for Links

Military Background:
Photographers Mate USN 2 Tours, Korean War

Comments:
As a youngster, and even today, I could never imagine anything
more beautiful, in the sky, than a Catalina Flying Boat! As a
friend of the late Captain Ovid Neal, Commander of a WW-II Weather
Squadron, I’m sure he must have put in time at the controls of
a CFB. I’ll be glad to share info about Ovid Neal, with other
interested flyers and photographers. [JwH]


FACE="Arial">Guest #146 added April 13th, 2007

Name:
Gerald Lyle Stewart

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for contact information.

From: New Zealand / CLEAR="ALL">
Age group: 60-69

Discovered PBYMA.org:
Surfing

Military Background: N/A

Comments:
My Dad, F/SGT. L. L. Stewart, NZ391777, crewed in a Cat in Fiji
until a crash saw him sent back to N.Z. where he later died of
his injuries. I’d very much like to talk to anyone who knew him
or could shed some light on what caused the accident.


FACE="Arial">Guest #145 added March 14th, 2007

Name:
Wayne Baetz

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for contact information.

From: League City,
TX U.S.A.

Age group: 30-39

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Internet search

Military Background:
None

Comments: I am looking for information
on my Grandfather. Kenny Baetz or Cigar Kenny. I belive he flew
ATC and delivered PBY’S to their bases. The story from my father
is he was the first PBY Pilot to navigate and dock a PBY at the
T-Heads in Corpus Christi. He later went on to build Seaplanes
and opened a Saeplane flying school. Thank you for any info you
may have.


FACE="Arial">Guest #144 added Marcg 14th, 2007

Name:
Linda MacDonald

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for contact information.

From: Long Beach,
CA U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Just surfing by

Military Background:
My dad, brother and daughter all served in the Navy.

Comments:
Just trying to find any articles about my brother’s plane, VP42,
that disappeared on Sea Otter Glacer. Enjoyed the ceremony in
Oak Harbor for the VP Squadron. My daughter was stationed at
Whidbey for 4 years (I had my fears after losing my brother while
stationed at Whidbey Air Base, but all turned out OK!) God Bless
Our Service Men Women and their families! May they returned home
safe and sound!


FACE="Arial">Guest #143 added February 16th, 2007

Name:
Donna Dance

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

From: Lawrenceville,
GA U.S.A.

Age group: 40-49

Military
Background: none

Comments: My Grandfather, Captain
Winfred S. Goodman was a Captain during WWII. He flew a PBY the
"Sea Wolf" for the 4th ERS. I am not sure which flight
– possibly E or G. His plane was missing Jan 23, 1945 over the
Pacific, I believe he was headed to Hawaii. I also know that
one of the crew members was named Anderson. I am looking for
any information anyone might have.

I do have
a picture of the Squadron and a picture of the plane.



FACE="Arial">Guest #142 added February 6th, 2007

Name:
Brian Gordon (Ex LT, USNR)

Email: contact HREF="mailto:webmaster@pbymf.org?subject=PBY Guestbook Inquiry %23142">webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
WA U.S.A.

Age group: 60-69

Discovered
PBYMA.org: random search for USN WWII information

Military
Background: Ex-LT, USNR

Sea duty aboard USS
OBSERVATION ISLAND (EAG054), 19670969

Naval
Control of Shipping Officer, Military Sea Transportation Service
Office, Vietnam, 1969-70

Military and naval
historian and professor of history, 1970-present.

Comments:
The yarn about the Pearl Harbor photos being found in a foot
locker is going around the Internet, but the most casual search
of USN photos will reveal that many have been in circulation
for years and are official USN photos. (Think about the story—a
Brownie box camera with 65-year-old film gets discovered and
18 immaculately sharp photographs appear. The Brownie took 6
or 8 photos on a roll, no more, and even if you could imagine
a roll of exposed but undeveloped 620 film lasting 65 years without
becoming hopelessly fogged, it beggars belief that one sailor
or soldier could be in so many places on December 7th. (My recollection
is that the PBY base was at Kaneohe over on the windward side
of Oahu, across the mountains, whereas the Pearl Harbor photos
were taken from numerous vantage points.) It’s also probable
that some of the images are stills from John Ford’s movie that
recreated the Pearl Harbor attack after the fact, since almost
no motion picture footage was taken on December 7th. So what
we have here is another sea story. A good yarn that didn’t happen.
Sorry.



FACE="Arial">Guest #141 added January 25th, 2007

Name:
Dan Hebert

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for contact information.

Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Hebert Beck Genealogy

From:
Kingston, WA U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Google Sandpoint Naval AirSta

Military
Background: Active Duty Coast Guard from Jun 1965 to Aug 1992.
Retired as Comm4 Seattle Washington

Comments:
I am in search of a "Andy Anderson" who was station
at Sandpoint NAS between late 1945 and early 1946. It was said
he was from Flatbush New York and he returned home in 1946. While
stationed at Sandpoint he dated a girl by the name of Vivian
Beck or Vivian Hawkins. She was 20 yrs old with two children.
If you are or know this service member please contact me at my
email address dan@danhebert.com. This is for Genealogy research. / CLEAR="ALL">


FACE="Arial">Guest #140 added January 25th, 2007

Name:
Julia Howard

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Dothan, AL U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Internet.

Military Background: Army
from 1941 to Sep. 1945. Served in Europe. Entered the Army as
an enlistee through Ft. Barancas, FL.

Comments:
Trying to find anyone who may have had contact with may Dad during
WWII in Europe or US. Went into the Army through Ft. Barancas,
FL. Transportation Unit



FACE="Arial">Guest #139 added January 24th, 2007

Name:
Richard Pymar

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Halesworth Airfield Memorial Museum
CLEAR="ALL">
From: Halesworth, Suffolk UK

Age
group: 40-49

Discovered PBYMA.org: Surfing / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background:

Comments:
I am the secretary of the Halesworth (Holton) Airfield Memorial
Museum (Stn, 365) in Suffolk England. The 5th ERS served at Halesworth
flying Catalinas, B17’s and P47 Thunderbolt "spotter planes".
We have just erected a beautiful memorial at the former airbase
to the memory of the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. It stands
next to the 2 other memorials dedicated to the other main groups
who served at Halesworth, the 56th Fighter Group "Zemkes
Wolpack" and the 489th Bomb Group. Any memoribillia of any
of these groups is still welcome. If any body needs any information
about our group and/or the units that served here please contact
me.



FACE="Arial">Guest #138 added December 27th, 2006

Name:
David Willard

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for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
U.S.A.

Age group: 70-79

Discovered
PBYMA.org: google 6th Rescue Squdron

Military
Background: Son of Paul C. Willard, M.D. flight surgeon in Northern
Pacific.

Comments: Dad flew in PBYs. I have
four letters written home during the war from the Pacific. / CLEAR="ALL">


FACE="Arial">Guest #137 added December 12th, 2006

Name:
Jack Miller

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89

Discovered
PBYMA.org: cruising

Military Background: Enlisted
in Air Corps as ‘flying cadet’. Eyesight bad, sent to Army Ordnance.
Ordered to Adak, AK in 1945.

Comments: Army
brass feared I would blow whistle on illegal activities. I was
‘buried’ on neighboring Atka. Finally escaped only through good
offices of Commander Cole of Adak Naval Air who flew over in
dense fog and picked me up in his PBY. I have pictures of PBY’s
at home and in office.



FACE="Arial">Guest #136 added November 29th, 2006

Name:
Jennifer Harman

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
NY U.S.A.

Age group: 40-49

Discovered
PBYMA.org: looking for information reguarding a man I call "uncle"
Captain James Harman

Military Background: none / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: to just say "THANK YOU"!!!!
to all the service men and women for giving their time,energy
and lives to protect us. Again THANK YOU!!!!



FACE="Arial">Guest #135 added November 17th, 2006

Name:
William Jones

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Soddydaisy, TN U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89
CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: by going to ww2memorial / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: served in ww2 in europe 78th
div.went over in 43 to england was in the battle of the buldge
crossed at remogan on the rhine was in berlin 6 mo. after the
war was over came home in april 1946

Comments:




FACE="Arial">Guest #134 added November 11th (Veterans Day),
2006

Name: Patrick McDowell

Email:
contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Eugene, OR U.S.A.

Age group: 30-39

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Researching PBY bases

Military Background:
none

Comments: My grandfather, Howard McDowell
USN (Lt.) flew PBY’s and PBM’s out of numerous bases in Hawaii
and Washington during WWII. I have his logbooks which show all
his flights, and many pictures. Contact me via email if you have
any questions, he passed away in 2003, I arranged to have some
of his ashes buried at sea at Kaneowe in Hawaii, very impressive
service from the U.S. Navy.


FACE="Arial">Guest #133 added November 6th, 2006

Name:
Ronald T. Moran

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Ruther Glen, VA U.S.A.

Age group: 40-49 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: I was searching for more
information about my dad and his beloved plane. I still am and
would love to talk to anyone that may have known him.

Military
Background: I am a career DoD employee and have been employed
with the Defense Logistics Agency for 30 years. We supply everything
that the military uses.

Comments: Raymond T.
Moran (my dad) was born March 11, 1919, in New York City. He
passed away in Miami on April 17, 1963 and is buried there in
Southern Memorial Park . He enlisted in the Navy on July 29,
1935 and retired on April 27, 1955. He served on various ships
(USS Idaho, USS Langley, USS Yorktown CV-5, USS Lake Champlain)and
in several squadrons, including a tour at Pearl Harbor during
or soon after the Japanese attack in December 1941.

/ CLEAR="ALL">
Raymond Moran also served in Patrol Squadrons 21,
102 and 62, units famed for flying PBY Catalina seaplanes. The
renowned flying boats were used in World War II to locate and
track enemy ships and submarines. The PBYs relied heavily on
visual sightings by lookouts to find their prey. His medals include
the Good Conduct Medal with three bronze stars as well as the
Presidential Unit Citation (for the defense of the Philippines)
, Sea Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal, American Area Campaign
Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American
Defense Service with Fleet Clasp Medal, Pearl Harbor Medal, Army
Distinguished Service Badge, as well as honorable service and
honorable discharge lapel pins.



FACE="Arial">Guest #132 added October 26th, 2006

Name:
Michael Earl Rhoden

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Middleburg, FL U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: just looking

Military
Background: U.S.Navy Vietnam era

Comments: My
dad was with VP12 during WWII. You can read his story at Earl
"chicken" Rhoden. Would like comments My father is
deceased.



FACE="Arial">Guest #131 added October 25th, 2006

Name:
William B. Steele

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Falmouth, ME U.S.A.

Age group: 40-49

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Web search

Military Background: Seaman,
USCG, 19830987; Journalist 2nd Class, USNR, 2001-Present / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: Like many others here, I am looking for
information about a family member. My great uncle, Gerald Silas
Bennett, died in a PBY-5 training accident on the 13th or 14th
of March, 1943. He was a Navy Ensign at the time and flew with
Patrol Squadron #61. He was about to leave for the Aleutians
on a Monday when a mishap occurred involving a P-38 Army plane.
All crew members aboard the PBY were killed. Names of the crew
were: Lt. George R Millican, USNR, San Fransisco; Ens. Walter
Raymond Baman, USNR, San Fransisco; Ens. Gerald Silas Bennett
USNR, Freeport, Maine; James B. Krenciprock, Aviation Machinist
2nd Class, USN Niles, Ohio; and Frank Ambrose Blaia, Aviation
Machinists Mate 3rd Class, USN, Sacramento, Calif.

/ CLEAR="ALL">
If anyone knew Gerald or knows someone who might
have known him during his training at Whidbey island, please
send me an email, wbondsteele@yahoo.com. We would be very grateful.
Thank you.



FACE="Arial">Guest #130 added October 23rd, 2006

Name:
Lee Truan

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
San Jose, CA U.S.A.

Age group: 70-79

Discovered
PBYMA.org: By accident

Military Background:
Served in Navy 19500954. Spent first 2 years at Sangley Point
Phillipines and was flight engineer on PBY-6A no. 46660. Was
in air operations there. Made many trips to Subic Bay and clark
Field. Was in on christening of cubi point when Admiral Radford
flew over in our SNJ-5 and done the christening honors. Spent
the last 2 years in VC-3 at moffit field CA. and had 9 mos. on
USS Boxer as plane capt. on F4U-5A’s

Comments:
Have often wondered what happened to 46660. Had lot of good times
in her.great flying expierences.



FACE="Arial">Guest #129 added October 17th, 2006

Name:
Craig Haws

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
WA U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59

Discovered
PBYMA.org: internet search

Military Background:
USN, VF024, USS Coral SEA CVA-43

Comments: I
have been flying a PBY fire bombing at Deer Park for Washington
State DNR.

Currently restoring a 5-A. Should
be ready for test flight in about 5-6 weeks


FACE="Arial">Guest #128 added August 19th, 2006

Name:
Douglas Wade Needham

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Columbus, OH U.S.A.

Age group: 40-49

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Web search for info on any history regarding my father’s
group, 4th ERS, Flight D, while he was ill and passing away. / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: Dad was a T.Sgt., having served
in WWII and Korea. Two maternal uncles were career in the USAF.
One is a USAF Major, Ret. (fighter pilot) and another was ranking
enlisted for 1122nd IIRC. Have several cousins in the military
at present, including a Lt. Col.

Comments: Trying
to find out more about my father, his flight and squadron, while
occupying myself and waiting for his passing. :( Of particular
interest were details about the rescue operations surrounding
the Indianapolis, CA-35, which is only now being talked about
by other survivors of my Dad’s crewmates. My siblings and myself
are in contact with the 4th ERS association, including several
of his crewmates.


FACE="Arial">Guest #127 added August 10th, 2006

Name:
Milton Dye

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59

Discovered
PBYMA.org: A friend pointed me to the site

Military
Background: U.S Army 1969 to 1973

Comments:
I am looking for any information for the uncle I was named after
(Milton Dye) that was killed in the crash of a PBY near the end
of WW2.Any help would be deeply appreciated.


FACE="Arial">Guest #126 added August 9th, 2006

Name:
D Kane

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
MA U.S.A.

Age group:

Discovered
PBYMA.org: google search for PBY info

Military
Background: Dad was stationed at Pan American Seaplane Base in
Coconut Grove, Florida during WWII. He was an Aviation Machinist,
working on PBYs and PBMs.

Comments: I’m looking
for history, books, pictures, videos, models, etc. of PBYs & PBMs
(particularly anything to do with the Miami base)


FACE="Arial">Guest #125 added June 12th, 2006

Name:
Byron L. "Sadie" Sadler

Email: contact
webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Darrington, WA U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89
CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Got an email from a former
Navy friend.

Military Background: USN from 9/15/40
to 10/?/47 Was ARM in VP Squadron Flight crew from 6/?/41 to
3/?/43 In Newfoundland and Kaneohe So Pac.

Comments:
Former Plane Crew WW-2


FACE="Arial">Guest #124 added June 10th, 2006

Name:
Max Geoffroy

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Montreal, Quebec Canada

Age group: 60-69 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Firefox search engine / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: retired col,usmc.VMFA 531
GRAYGHOSTs

Comments: This is by far one of the
best sites for PBYs that I’ve come across. It’s nice to see beautiful
old aircraft like the PBY being restored….


FACE="Arial">Guest #123 added June 7th, 2006

Name:
Leon G Maue

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
McAdoo, PA U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Surfing

Military Background: 348th
Fighter group, Southwest Pacific. Port Moresbory,to the Phillipines,
home from Okinawa after war ended.

Comments:
Very interesting web site


FACE="Arial">Guest #122 added May 14th, 2006

Name:
Ralph Milon Greenough

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Lancaster, CA U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89
CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Sister told my wife.
CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: U.S.N reserves from 1941 to
1946. Y1/c.Was in the pacific until the end of the war, aboard
the USS Current. ARS22

Comments:


FACE="Arial">Guest #121 added May 13th, 2006

Name:
Walter O. Sheppard

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Looking for History of Flight D, 4th Emergency Rescue
Squadron Stationed on Saipan and Pelieu. More particularlly History
of Open Sea Landings in rescue of U.S. Marine pilots forced to
ditch in the Pacific and Phillipine Sea by OA10-A’s from said
Flight ‘D’.

Military Background: Pilot of an
OA10A (PBY5-A). Flight Leader of Flight ‘D’4th Emergency Squadron
20th Air Force. Prior to being sent to Pensacola Naval Air Station
for instruction in Flying the OA00A was a Twin Engine Instrument
Flying Instructor at Stutgart, AR.Was graduated from Kelly Field,
Texas 29 April 1942.Designated a Navy Aviator upon graduation
from NAS Pensacola, Fl and odered to Kessler Field, Biloxi, MS
for formation of the 4th Emergency Rescue Squardon.

Comments:
Pilot of an OA10A (PBY5A)WWll.


FACE="Arial">Guest #120 added May 2nd, 2006

Name:
Murray Bolesta

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: TARGET="_blank">TuleReed Photography

From:
Green Valley AZ, U.S.A.

Age group: 40-49 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Your DVD

Military
Background: None personally – my parent’s generation are WWII. / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: My uncle is Bob Muzzall. Saw the DVD
and want to buy it. Love the old warbirds and WWII history. My
father was a Marine assigned to guard the base on Whidbey, where
he met my mother.


FACE="Arial">Guest #119 added April 5th, 2006

Name:
Jerry Atchison

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Earp CA, U.S.A.

Age group: 70-79

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Resurching NAS KANEOHE BAY DEC. 7, 1941. I watched
them fly out of the naval station 19400942

Military
Background: KOREAN WAR 19500954 US NAVY BM1

Comments:
My father was stationed at NAS KANEOHE BAY 1939 – 1943. Our family
was living there with him from 1940 to 1942. I was ten years
old at the time of the attack Dec. 7, 1941, my brother and I
would ride our bikes down to the bay quite often to watch the
PBY’S take off and land on the water, before the attack that
is. Always had an interest in the PBY.


FACE="Arial">Guest #118 added April 2nd, 2006

Name:
M/Sgt. Howard J. Fuller, USMCR Ret

Email: contact
webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Riverside CA, U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89
CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Opened up your web site / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: Six year active March 40 to
46. Effective 1957, when placed on the Retired list, held an
MOS of Squadron Leading Chief. Had the Right seat in General
Geiger’s PBY for 1 hour, great thril Pilot Major J. Cram / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: Found your site to be very interesting,
I joined the PBY Catalina Memorial a few months ago and enjoy
the publications. Keep up the good work.


FACE="Arial">Guest #117 added March 28th, 2006

Name:
Mike Brand

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site:

From:
Frankfort IL, U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Google

Military
Background: Draftee –US Army – 1969-71

Comments:
My father, Gerald (Jerry) Brand enlisted in the U.S. Navy in
February, 1941. Was honor graduate of his basic training company
at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. During WWII, he served
as an aviation chief radioman in Catalina/PBY patrol planes in
Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. Assigned to bases at San Diego,
CA; Seattle, WA; Sitka, Kodiak, Cold Bay, Umnak, Nome, Adak,
Amchitka and Attu, Alaska with Patrol Squadron 42 then PS 135.
Was involved in some sort of secret mission that caused Navy
to ship his personal effects home in 1943 without an explanation.
Family thought he was deceased or MIA. He was assigned to Jacksonville
NAS until mustering out as CPO in 1945.


FACE="Arial">Guest #116 added February 16th, 2006

Name:
STEPHEN HORVAT

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: AOL KEWORD:COOLSPORT
CLUB

From: IRVINE CA, U.S.A.

Age
group: 70-79

Discovered PBYMA.org: SOME ONE
MAILED ME A PAMPHLET

Military Background: PLANE
CAPTAIN AND GUNNER ON PBY-5A AMM SQUADERN 18-A CORPUS CHRISTI
NAS TEXAS GULF COAST ANTI-SUB PATROL&TRAINING 1944 PLANES NAME
G.I.DATE [BEAUTIFUL BLOND ON NOSE OF PLANE].

Comments:
BUILT A "GUILIOWS" MODEL OF PBY-5A AND SHE IS FLYING
HIGH IN THE CORNER OF MY BEDROOM AND SHE LOOKS LIKE THE REAL
THING. SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL. I AM GLAD I DON’T HAVE TO REFUEL HER,
WITH THE PRICE OF GAS, BUT SHE SURE BRINGS BACK GOOD OLD MEMORIES
EVERY DAY WHEN I LOOK AT HER.


FACE="Arial">Guest #115 added January 26th, 2006

Name:
Irene Robertson

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Seattle WA, U.S.A.

Age group:
50-59

Discovered PBYMA.org: Looking for information
on my father

Military Background: My dad, Raiford
Benjamin Robertson aka Robbie, was in the Navy during WWII and
later in Korea.

Comments: I am looking for anyone
that knew my dad during the Korean war and post war (1953-54)
He was killed during a take off from Sangley Point.


FACE="Arial">Guest #114 added January 23rd, 2006

Name:
Art Dahlgren

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Bloomington IN, U.S.A.

Age
group: 80-89

Discovered PBYMA.org: Looking for
PBY bases in Pacific

Military Background: In
1944 (late 44) assigned to FASRON/PATRON 17. I ended up at Meos
Woendi Isl near Biak. Worked as an AOM. got to ride around in
base area. Next up to Sangly Point, nead Manila servicing PBY
and PBM ac. Retired in late 74

Comments: Never
did know the aoutits mission. any help ? Great start into Naval
Air and five carrirs and a tender.


FACE="Arial">Guest #113 added December 31st, 2005

Name:
Jeanne Fess

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Caldwell NJ, U.S.A.

Age
group: 50-59

Military Background: None
CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: My father Eugene J. (Buddy) Johnston was
in the Navy between 19420945. He always told me he was a rear
gunner pilot. His discharge papers read aviation ordanceman second
class. Would like to correspond with anyone who can help me access
his records.


FACE="Arial">Guest #112 added December 27th, 2005

Name:
Jack Kelly, Jr.

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Southbury CT, U.S.A.

Age
group: 50-59

Discovered PBYMA.org: Google / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: None

Comments:
My father was attached to VPB 34. Funafuti, Port Moresby, Perth,
amongst other locations from late 43 to mid-late 44. Member of
the Arkansas Traveler crew. With growing grandchild interest
and little written record, I’m seeking information/ recollections
of his service.


FACE="Arial">Guest #111 added December 22nd, 2005

Name:
Frederic A. Jaques

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Novi WI, U.S.A.

Age group:
80-89

Discovered PBYMA.org: Just surfing / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: Ex RAF Sgt. Pilkot trained
with USN at Grosse Ile and Pensacola 1942-43

Comments:
I am an ex-Royal Air Firce cadet who trained with the USN at
Grose Ile and Pensacola. On my last training flight- a night
flight, – on Sept 27th 1943 we had an emergency and in trying
to land my instructor overshot the water and hit the beach at
Ft. Barancas. Three were killed and only Lt. Jg. Horton and myself,
RAF Cadet Frederic A. Jaques, survived. I would appreciate any
information anyone may have with regard to that night. I now
live in Novi, Michigan.


FACE="Arial">Guest #110 added November 29th, 2005

Name:
Johnnie T. Watson USN-Ret

Email: contact HREF="mailto:webmaster@pbymf.org?subject=PBY Guestbook Inquiry %23110">webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Kerrville TX, U.S.A.

Age
group: 70-79

Discovered PBYMA.org: Looking for
past history on Aerial Gunners

Military Background:
19430973, Under-aged Navy enlisted. Aviation Ordnanceman, Aerial
Gunner. Combat aircrewman. Flew in PBY’s out of NAS Adak, Aleutian
Islands, 19510953 crewman and tow target operator. Survived a
crash on the island of Atka while on a medical rescue. Long standing
love affair with the old "Yoke-Boat".


FACE="Arial">Guest #109 added November 23rd, 2005

Name:
J M Jones

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Auburn AL, U.S.A.

Age group:
50-59

Discovered PBYMA.org: Web search for VPB
44 Solomon Islands

Military Background: None / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: My dad,"E" "J"Jones
from Mesquite, Texas was a Y1c assigned to a PBY aircrew with
Patrol Bombing Squadron 44 in the Solomons from sometime in 1944
through 1945. I’d like to know if anyone may have known him.
He ultimately was assigned to NAS Quonset PT, RI and was in P’cola
NATTC in 1946.


FACE="Arial">Guest #108 added October 31st, 2005

Name:
Minnette McKenna

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Austin TX, U.S.A.

Age group:
40-49

Discovered PBYMA.org: Web surfing / Google / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: None, but my father flew PBY
Catalina in WWII South Pacific

Comments: I am
very interested in buying PBY Catalina T-shirts in various sizes
from children thru adult. Any help greatly appreciated


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Guest
#107 added October 23rd, 2005

Name: Douglas G. Macnair

Email:webmaster
for contact information.

From: The Woodlands,

Age group: 70-79

Discovered PBYMA.org: Pure Luck!

Military Background: Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Comments: My Father, Colonel George H. Macnair, USAAC,
went down in Liberia in June, 1945. A command pilot, he either
formed or help form the Air Sea Rescue Service in ’44 at Biloxi
& Gulfport.


Ordered to Liberia for a second tour, he
took his favorite bird with him; it was, of course, a PBY. The
details surrounding this period in his career to include the
crash have always been shrouded in a fog lacking detail and definition.


Thought perhaps by pure chance, someone
might know more than I do. Pictured here standing by his PBY.
(click on the photo for an enlarged view)



FACE="Arial">Guest #106 added August 30th, 2005

Name:
Shelby Jones

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Mount Vernon, U.S.A.

Age
group: 30-39

Discovered PBYMA.org: military
sites

Military Background: none

Comments:
Just trying to look for information on Ault Field! And trying
to find my brothers real father who was stationed at Whidbey’s
Ault Field.(Daniel Deshone)1967-?. My brother has never met him. / CLEAR="ALL">
I love finding people trying to preserve our Washington
history, since i’ve been doing all this research, I am finding
that there really isn’t a lot out there. My hats off to you gentlemen,
great job. If anyone can help me locate some photos of men at
Ault Field in 67-68 would help me tremendously. No luck so far.


FACE="Arial">Guest #105 added August 5th, 2005

Name:
Erik D. Zimmeht

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: U.S.A.

Age group: 20-29 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Google search

Military
Background:

Comments: I AM LOOKING FOR INFORMATION
ON MY GRANDFATHER THAT WAS KILLED A PLANE CRASH IN 1959 OR 1960.
I HAVE LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACCIDENT. THE PLANE WENT
DOWN OFF THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA, IT WAS A P2V NEPTUNE. HIS NAMES
WAS HAROLD DOUGLAS GRIMSLEY. HE WAS KILLED 3 MONTHS AFTER HIS
DAUGHTER WAS BORN (MY MOTHER). IF ANYONE HAS ONY INFORMATION
ABOUT HIM OR THE CRASH PLEASE CONTACT ME.


FACE="Arial">Guest #104 added July 7th, 2005

Name:
Brian E. Sager

Email: contact 104>webmaster for contact information.

Web
Site: none

From: U.S.A.

Age
group: 60-69

Discovered PBYMA.org: Previous
writting

Military Background: US Army 19580965
Retired E-9

Comments: I previously wrote for
information on my Uncle (JOHN A. KOONS. I had written that he
was a PBY pilot. I have since found that he was a crew member
Amm1c and his pilot was Melvin K. Atwell or Dick Mather who had
bombed a ship on October 1942. I hope this will add information
for possible information/pictures that inclued my uncle. Again
thanks for your service to our country.


FACE="Arial">Guest #103 added July 3rd, 2005

Name:
Lee Harman

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org:

Military
Background: Retired Navy FLight Surgeon. Father, Retired Naval
Aviator; PBY/PBM pilot and member of Marlin/Mariner Association. / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: Anything to see in Oak Harbor, this July
4th Weekend? Dad’s here from Cocoa, Florida, and active in restoring
the PBM 5A at Pima, and Navy Pensacola’s PBY restoration.


FACE="Arial">Guest #102 added June 23rd, 2005

Name:
Edgar Josephsen

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Camano Island, WA U.S.A.

Age
group: 80-89

Discovered PBYMA.org: Through brochure
given to me by a friend in Oak Harbor.

Military
Background: U.S. Navy, World War II. Was an Aviation Radioman
2/c in Squadron VPB-25, flying PBM-3Ds.

Comments:
Lost most of our planes in Pacific. A PBY outfit, VPB-33 left
us their planes when they were sent home, so we flew PBYs until
new PBM-5s arrived.


FACE="Arial">Guest #101 added June 18th, 2005

Name:
Brian E. Sager

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: U.S.A.

Age group: 60-69 / CLEAR="ALL">
Discovered PBYMA.org: Surfing the net to find information
below

Military Background: Retired Army Sergeat-major.
served 19580985

Comments: My uncle served with
VP-91 and went down at sea when flying from Oahu to San Diego
on 05 Mar 43.

I am requesting any information
from persons who may have served with him. His name was John
A. Koons. Middle initial has been listed as "K". He
was a pilot from Sep 41. Prior to his becoming a pilot he served
on a destroyer.


FACE="Arial">Guest #100 added May 16th, 2005

Name:
John R. Carlson

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">
From: Creston, IA U.S.A.

Age group:
80-89

Discovered PBYMA.org: ww11memorial / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: Radio Operator (aircraft 46th
troop carrier sqdn. 5th air force

Comments:
After drifting in the Pacific for 17 days we were rescued by
a PBY. Other than the names of the pilot and co-pilot I have
no further info. The pilot was Ens. Minter Aldrich and the co-pilot
was Ens. Eddie Johnson. Would appreciate any input from any one. / CLEAR="ALL">
J. R. "Jack" Carlson


























































































































































FACE="Arial">Guest #99 added April 24th, 2005

Name:
Larry Moses

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">

From: Oliveburg, PA U.S.A.

Age
group: 50-59

Discovered PBYMA.org: Searching
on google

Military Background: Retired Master
Sargeant, US Army, 19690993, Vietnam Veteran.

Comments:
My Wifes uncle Isaac J. Osborn flew with the Black Cats in Patrol
Squadron 34 in the Pacific Area in April of 1944, he was shot
down and listed as MIA, supposedly captured and sent to a Japanese
prison camp called RABAUL, possibly killed in an allied bombing
raid. He received a Purple heart postumously, however, she has
been trying to find records of his service or anyone who may
have known him. Anyone with any recollection or info on how to
locate his service record is welcomed to contact us.



FACE="Arial">Guest #98 added March 10th, 2005

Name:
Brian Fisher

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">

From: Johnson City, NY U.S.A.

Age
group: 20-29

Discovered PBYMA.org: Searching
for the PBY squdron for my late grandfather

Military
Background: I served the the Marines from ’99-’03 Medically retired
as a Sergeant. Served abroad in Infantry Battallions, as well
as the 2nd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Company in the Middle
East as well as all over Europe.

Comments: My
grandfather, Andrew L. Fisher was a radio operator/turrent gunner
with the Patrol Squadron 83, later known Bombing Squadron 107,
his unit served in South America. He was shot down over Brazil
or Argentina, I’m not totally sure where. His unit was awarded
the Presidential Unit Citation for actions from January to April
of ’43; July of ’43 to February of ’44 for sinking one Italian
and eight German U-Boats. I have always been interested in his
experience but was never aware of it until 15 years after his
death. I quess he never talked about it, partly due to his craft
being shot down and he and only one other survived the crash.
If anyone has any info regarding A.Fisher or Patrol Squadron
83 or later known Bombing Squadron 107, I would love to learn
or hear any stories. -Sgt Fisher, B.L USMC/RETIRED



FACE="Arial">Guest #97 added March 4th, 2005

Name:
Terry Siddiqui

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">

From: Miami Lakes, FL U.S.A.

Age
group: 30-39

Discovered PBYMA.org: Yahoo PBY
Search

Military Background: No.. but have worked
for Military as an outside vendor/contractor.

Comments:
The first time I saw a Catalina flying around in an airshow,
I fell in love with this aircraft. I am a Naval aircraft enthusiat
and specially the amphibian type aircraft.



FACE="Arial">Guest #96 added February 26nd, 2005

Name:
Greg Rojowski

Email: contact webmaster
for contact information.

Web Site: none / CLEAR="ALL">

From: Detroit, MI U.S.A.

Age group:
40-49

Discovered PBYMA.org: Active search for
PBY crew members from South Pacific

Military
Background: None

Comments: To learn more about
all of the memorabilia my late dad kept hidden for 60 years.
Especially the original VP12 "History of Original Black
Cat Squadron" manuscript. Amazing condition. I would be
available to interview anyone whose name appears in dad’s manuscript.



FACE="Arial">Guest #95 added February 22nd, 2005

Name:
Duane McEwen

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: none

From:
Lyndon, WA U.S.A.

Age group: 60-69

Discovered
PBYMA.org: searched the web

Military Background:
3 yrs, 8 months US Army Signal Corps. Last 21 months were in
Alaska Communication System and stationed at Tok, Alaska / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: Spent 30+ years in Alaska before retiring
and moving south. Spent about 15 years of that in Juneau, Alaska,
mostly in the 60s and 70s, and then my last two years just before
I retired. In the 60s, rode on some of the Alaska Coastal Airlines
PBYs. Worked mostly in the aviation industry as an equipment
technician. Spent several years working in the Aleutians in the
90s. Fascinated by seaplanes, Alaska aviation history, and Aleutians
history.



FACE="Arial">Guest #94 added February 15th, 2005

Name:
Barry Nicholls

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Animal Medical Center

From:
Anniston, AL U.S.A.

Age group: 40-49

Discovered
PBYMA.org: My sister told me about it.

Military
Background: none

Comments: I am seeking information
on my father, Andrew Barry Crook Nicholls, of Vicksburg, Mississippi,
and later of Talladega, Alabama. He was a navigator on a PBY
during WWII (19430945) and participated in flight school in Pensacola,
FL. I am a veterinarian in Anniston, Alabama. Thanks, Barry Nicholls,
DVM 256-236-8387



FACE="Arial">Guest #93 added January 30th, 2005

Name:
Raymond Bush

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site:

From:
Warwick, PA. U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Just interested in finding more information on PBY’S
and there crews in the early days of WWII.

Military
Background: Enlisted Army Reserve 19660972.

Comments:
My father in law Irvin Gerben (The Kid) served as a very young
salor on the Kaneohe NAS in Aug. 1941.He was a waist gunner with
squadron VP#12. Also he is a survivor of the Japaness air attack
in Dec. of 41. He is very proud of the controbution he and his
fellow survivors went on to make in the war effort. Through the
years that I have known him he would always remminess of his
buddies and exployts with patrol squadron VP#12(Black Cats).
He was at Midway, Eastern Is. and Pelelu. Flew to Gaudalcanal
and the Philippnes. This guy was also on the boxing team. Hopefully
some one else may recall him and pass on some info about their
times together. He is a member of Pearl Harbor Survivors and
the Catalina Clippers in Phila. Unfortunatly he dosen’t get around
as well as in the past (84 yrs). Please email me or call him
215-8240277.



FACE="Arial">Guest #92 added January 23rd, 2005

Name:
John Glaviano

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site:

From:
Marksville, LA. U.S.A.

Age group: 30-39 / CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: Browsing the internet. / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: Writing on behalf of my dad
who is an 83 year old WWII vet. Sam D. Glaviano was aboard the
USS Dent during the war.

Comments: He is trying
to find out some info on a PBY plane crash he was involved in
on the Island of the four mountains in May or June of 1943.If
anybody can help him he would deeply appericate it. If anyone
can help please contact me at my email address or him at (318)
253-8929.

Thank you,

John K.Glaviano



FACE="Arial">Guest #91 added November 17th, 2004

Name:
Michael Gallagher Jr

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site:

From:
Chicago, IL U.S.A.

Age group: 30-39

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Just looking around.

Military Background:
none

Comments: Hi, I’m Mike Gallagher Jr. My
grandfather was on the boxcar in WW2 and I’d like to know of
any info out there on him or this plane. He was sgt Raymond C.
Gallagher. So let me know people. Thanks, bye.



FACE="Arial">Guest #90 added October 28th, 2004

Name:
Benjamin G Dochoff

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site:

From:
148 N Richard Ave Elmhurst, IL

Age group: 70-79 / CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: Web search

Military
Background: Kiddy cruise 09/43 tru 08/47 regular navy.
CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: Joined VPB 62 January 01,45. Oak Harbor,
rate AOM2.two tours in the Aleutians, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Adak
& Attu.



FACE="Arial">Guest #89 added October 22th, 2004

Name:
Richard Pymar

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site:

From:
Halesworth, Suffolk England

Age group: 40-49 / CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: Browsing

Military
Background:

Comments: I am the secretary of
the Halesworth (Holton) Airfield Memorial Museum (Stn, 365) in
Suffolk England. The 5th ERS served at Halesworth flying Catalinas,
B17’s and P47 Thunderbolt "spotter planes". We have
just erected a beautiful memorial at the former airbase to the
memory of the 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron. It stands next to
the 2 other memorials dedicated to the other main groups who
served at Halesworth, the 56th Fighter Group "Zemkes Wolpack"
and the 489th Bomb Group. Any memoribillia of any of these groups
is still welcome. If any body needs any information about our
group and/or the units that served here please contact me.



FACE="Arial">Guest #88 added September 28th, 2004

Name:
Thijs C. Wolters

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Neptune Association

From:
Netherlands

Age group: 50-59

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Via Google

Military Background: Royal
Dutch Airforce

Comments: World oldest FLYING
PBY-5a, #2459, former US Navy 73-P-9 from VP-73 is flying again
after 3 1/2 years of restoration in the Netherlands.

Visit
our site and enjoy.

Maybe there are still veterans
who have flown with this beauty.



Guest #87 added September 17th, 2004

Name: Roger D Ferguson

Email: contact webmaster for email address

From: Champaign, IL U.S.A

Age group: 80-89

Discovered PBYMA.org: happenstance

Military Background: US Navy 10/27/42 to 5/12/46

Comments: Navy V-5 Program. WTS Mason City, IA Jan-Mar 1943. Iowa Preflight May-July 1943. Minneapolis, MN Wold-Chamberlain Field Primary N2S August-October 1943. Pensacola, FL for Baisc in SNV, Instrument SNJ and PBYs. Commissioned Ensign and Naval Pilot P01391 March 31, 1944. Operational in PBYs at Jacksonville, FL April-June 5th 1944. July 1944 to June 1945 VPB-45 in Belem and Bahia Brazil. July 1945 May 1946 VJ06 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Two PBY-5As that I personally flew are still in existence.
BuNo 46522 (now N2172N) is airworthy and at the Air Museum at
Tillamook, OR. BuNo 46602 (45-P-3) belongs to the Naval Air Museum
in Pensacola. It is parked on the flight line there and will
be completely restored at a future date.


Roger D. Ferguson

S/N 363800



FACE="Arial">Guest #86 added September 9th, 2004

Name:
Larry McCarthy

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

From: Braintree, MA U.S.A / CLEAR="ALL">

Age group: 40-49

Discovered PBYMA.org:
Doing research on a rescue mission – searching for a downed Liberator. / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: I never served, but father
and his brother – both Navy and three uncles served in Air Force. / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: I’m looking for info regarding any reports
or logs that were kept by PBY pilots after search missions. In
particular wreckage sighting coordinates or search area coordinates.
NARA says that actual search reports weren’t kept before Dec/43.
My uncle was lost in a Liberator 1103-43 off the coast of Funafuti-Central
Pacific.Wreckage was sighted 1105-43 by Lt’s Finucane and Hollister-flying
PBY-5’s for Patrol Squadron Seventy-Two. I would appreciate any
information anyone might have regarding the possibility of flight
logs etc. I know its a long shot but thanks. L.



FACE="Arial">Guest #85 added September 2nd, 2004

Name:
Dave Gause

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

From: Bonners Ferry, Idaho
U.S.A

Age group: 50-59

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Surfing for info. on my father’s units. Pat Freeman
had told me about this endeavor in a phone conversation so I
recognized it.

Military Background: None: Father,
Don (Page, Joe)Gause, was in Navy ,patrol squadron 42; Hedron,patwing4;
Hedron FAW6;Hedron14-2 Faw 14; Casu9

Comments:
My father did not talk much military, but built a beautiful PBy
model and talked of Alaska and his PBY time there (Pre war until
units sent eleswhere later). Would love to make contact to find
out more what the later places were.



FACE="Arial">Guest #84 added August 30th, 2004

Name:
Richard Luther

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

From: Cedar Rapids, IOWA U.S.A / CLEAR="ALL">

Age group: 50-59

Discovered PBYMA.org:
General search regarding Oak Harbor

Military
Background: No military background, just the son of a sailor. / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: My father, Donald Ray Luther, was stationed
at Ault Field 19500954 as a patrol bomber radioman (VP0). I remember
as a child going to the seaplane base to see movies and shop.
The home we lived in at that time still stands and the neighborhood
(between the old downtown and the seaplane base) remains mostly
unchanged in 50 years (just a few more homes between the house
and harbor). comments: My father, Donald Ray Luther, was a PBY
flight crew member during WWII. I don’t have any details regarding
his service but believe he was stationed out of Corpus Christi
and served in the south Pacific. I don’t know if he ever served
at the Oak Harbor Seaplane Base. I’m interested in the history
of the seaplane base and Ault Field.



FACE="Arial">Guest #83 added August 1st, 2004

Name:
Bill

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

From: Boston, MA U.S.A / CLEAR="ALL">

Age group: 30-39

Discovered PBYMA.org:
Through a web search

Military Background: none / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: My father was a AMM 3 on a PBY in the
Navy during WW II. I happened upon your site and was very excited
to see the planes he used to talk about. His job was the radio
operator, he said he would have to lie down in the belly of the
plain for most of the long flights. I would love to see a PBY
up close, if you aware of any of these planes in the New England
area either in a museum or offering exibition I would appreciate
the tip?

Thanks for your time and a terrific
site.



FACE="Arial">Guest #82 added July 19th, 2004

Name:
Thomas Griep

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Composite 50% Scale PBY Project

From:
Monterey, CA U.S.A

Age group: 40-49

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Google

Military Background: US Army
enlisted ’84-’87, Commissioned USAF ’90.

Comments:
My Dad was in the 5ERS and I seek any additional information
and/or photos regarding the 5 ERS, or Halesworth-Holton Airfield,
USAAF Station #365. Herb Griep is 81 now and doing great!



FACE="Arial">Guest #81 added July 1st, 2004

Name:
Tom Osmundson

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Composite 50% Scale PBY Project

From:
Mead, WA U.S.A

Age group: 20-29

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Researching PBY info for my homebuilt project / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: My brother was stationed at
NAS Whidbey for a while, and my sister lived in Oak Harbor while
her husband was stationed there. I have no military background.
I’d love to see a museum for the PBY built at NAS Whidbey. / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: I don’t know how I grew to love the PBY.
I’ve always been interested in planes, particularly warbirds.
I guess the versatility is what attracted it to me. It’s one
of the few warbirds still in commercial use (firebombing). That
says a lot about how tough the PBY is.

I am
a mechanical engineering student at WSU. I’m starting work on
designing a 50% scale version of the PBY using composite materials.



FACE="Arial">Guest #80 added June 15th, 2004

Name:
Doug Ratchford

Email: contact webmaster
for email addressWeb Site:

From: Brenham, TX
U.S.A

Age group: 50-59

Discovered
PBYMA.org: researching surviving PBY’s

Military
Background: I am not a veteran but my dad was a radioman/gunner
in a Catalina.

Comments: Since it was my dad’s
plane, it’s always been a special warbird. Presently I am searching
for an FAA airworthy Cat to give him a gift ride in. (Recently
he expressed a desire …"to go up just one more time in
a PBY.")



FACE="Arial">Guest #79 added June 15th, 2004

Name:
Steven Smisek

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: TARGET="_blank">330th BG

From: New York,
NY U.S.A

Age group: 30-39

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Research

Military Background: / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: I am looking for any info of any B-29
crews the 6th or 7th ERS were involved in. I am the historian
for the 330th BG. Based out of Guam from Mar 1945 to Nov 1945..,
they lost several aircraft and had some of them picked up by
PBY’s.., just looking for info. Thanks!



FACE="Arial">Guest #78 added June 14th, 2004

Name:
Michael Kirby

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Crofton, MD U.S.A

Age group: 60-69

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Referred by NAS Whidbey Island. Member, and visited
Oak Harbor with my wife last September.

Military
Background: US Army, Signal Corps, 1968-71 (1969 in Vietnam),
left as a captain, received the bronze star and army commendation
medals.

Comments: I read that Steven Spielberg
and Tom Hanks are planning to collaborate on another WW II film,
this time about the Pacific Theater. Why not have your publicity
person contact them to be sure the PBY gets the attention it
deserves (and maybe other benefits as well)? You have nothing
to lose.



Guest #77 added June 5th, 2004

Name:
Doug Bailey

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
U.S.A

Age group: 50-59

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Searching for PBY history

Military
Background: US Army – 3rd Infantry – 19640967

Comments:
My Uncle was listed as KIA on October 14, 1944 in North Africa.
On the "net" I have been able to learn his name is
on the "wall of the missing" in Tunisia. I’m very interested
in details of his plane being shot down / crashed,etc. Does anyone
have any links they can send me to to determine if any of that
info is retrievable ?


PBY had an amazing history, I now know for certain my uncle
died a true hero as did so many others in his squadroom in their
undying effort to sink german u-boats in the med sea.


Any help would be greatly appreciated



FACE="Arial">Guest #76 added April 30th, 2004

Name:
Christopher Sloman

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Pasadena, CA U.S.A

Age group: 40-49

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Searching for information on my father, Ernest "Easy"
Sloman who served as radio operator on a PBY in the Aleutions. / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: none

Comments:
My father passed away in 1987.. Looking for any info on his military
career, both in WWII and Korea.



Guest #75 added April 29th, 2004
CLEAR="ALL">

Name: Don Brown

Email: contact HREF="mailto:webmaster@pbymf.org?subject=PBY Guestbook Inquiry %2375">webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Union, KY U.S.A

Age group: 60-69

Discovered
PBYMA.org: surfing for WWII info

Military Background:
Navy, 1958 to 1962

Comments: My hobby or passion
is researching men from KY who were casualties of WWII. I found
Earle B. Hall who had a destroyer escort named after him and
died December 27, 1941. Then I found two others that had the
same description for a reason to have a ship named after them.
All three died on December 27, 1941. All connected to Jolo. Could
some help in explaining the situation and/or tell me where to
find the info.


Thanks for any help, I can get. I am speaking Thursday, May
13, 2004 on subject of Northern KY Casualties and the research
I have found. I will be adressing the Campbell County Historical
Society.



FACE="Arial">Guest #74 added April 13th, 2004

Name:
Ronal G. Brady

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Brandon, FL U.S.A

Age group: 50-59

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Searching for information re: VP-81

Military
Background: Retired in 1986 as Senior Chief Petty Officer. My
father, Cdr. Gordon G. Brady was Ordinance Officer for VP-81,
and frequently flew with his dog, "Speed" while in
the South Pacific.

Comments: I can’t get the
PBY’s out of my mind. What a fantastic plane. I have vague memories
of them (Dad sneaked his father, my brother, and myself aboard
for a flight, once), and wish I could get inside one, again.



FACE="Arial">Guest #73 added March 28th, 2004

Name:
Glenn E. Tanner

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Pasadena, TX U.S.A

Age group: 80-89

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Browsing for info on OA10 seaplanes

Military
Background: Navigator in CBI (India) and Okinawa in WWll on a
OA10 seaplane in the 6TH and 7th Emergency Rescue Squadron in
the Army Air Force.

Comments: Would like info
on members of the 6th and 7th Emergency Rescue Squadron that
are still living. after the war ended was attached to 8th Air
Force after transfer to Okinawa . PLANE’S NAME WAS OLD IRONSIDES.



FACE="Arial">Guest #72 added March 1st, 2004

Name:
William C. Myers

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Providence, NC U.S.A

Age group: 80-89
CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: google search engine
CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: vp 92 1941-44, san juan pr,
guantanimo bay,casablanca french north africa, port layauty crew
member on plane #8 (eight ball)

Comments: crew
member on pb4y0, pb4y-2, pby5a catalina was in my opinion was
the best plane of the three for the job we had to do. SubHunting



FACE="Arial">Guest #71 added February 27, 2004

Name:
Earl Pollard

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
691 Desta St. Hamilton, MT 59840

Age group:
70-79

Discovered PBYMA.org: Bruce Sproule, who
"lives directly under the Whidbey NAS pattern", had
a note in the January 04 edition of the North American Aviation
Technical Representatives Association News Letter.

Military
Background: Commissioned at Corpus in September1944 out of Rodd
Field and the multi-engine program. Reported in at San Diego
and on to Fleet Air Wing 6 at Sand Point, then on to VPB-61 at
Oak Harbor. Released from VPB-61 and acttive duty in October
1945. I remained in the Reserve, flying out of Los Alamitos NAS.
After various reserve assignments I went on the Retired list
with the rank of Commander in the late 60’s.

Comments:
With VBP-61 my PPC was Gil Macias. The PPIP was Joe Caselberry.
I was PP2P/navigator till I qualified as PP1P. The Squadron skipper
was William Camp. The exec Was Bill Perry. My best friend was
Ken Sill. At present my SUV has a Montana plate that says PBY-5A.
I will join the Memorial Foundation in the very near future.



FACE="Arial">Guest #70 added February 9, 2004

Name:
Ed Brager

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:

Age group: 80-89

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Web search

Military Background: Radioman
in PBY squadron VP-81 during WWII

Comments:



FACE="Arial">Guest #69 added January 29, 2004

Name:
Fred Owen

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
North Bend, WA U.S.A.-

Age group: 60-69 / CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: Just did a PBY search / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: 3 YEARS NATIONAL GUARD. 9
YEARS RESERVE, ARMY

Comments: I FLY A PBY, TANKER
85, OUT OF DEER PARK, WA. WHICH IS LEASED TO WASHINGTON STATE
EVERY FIRE SEASON.



FACE="Arial">Guest #68 added October 12, 2003

Name:
TI Rodgers

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Eden, NC. U.S.A.-

Age group: 30-39

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Research – search Engine

Military
Background: None

Comments: My father passed
away in 1996 and was a navy veteran of WWII. I am now researching
his military history for personal interest (he never spoke of
any of it). I am very unknowledgeable of the lingo and I’m trying
to find out what one of the terms are under the "Service
(vessels and stations served on)" section of his discharge
documentation. It references "Hedron 92". Any pointers
would be greatly appreciated.



FACE="Arial">Guest #67 added September 25, 2003

Name:
Bob Alvis

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Lancaster, CA. U.S.A.-

Age group: -

Discovered
PBYMA.org: LOOKING FOR 6TH ERS GUYS USAAC

Military
Background: WINGNUT USAF 74 THRU 81

Comments:
LT BILL CLUTTERHAM A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE FLEW THAT OTHER
PLANE AND THERE WAS NOT ALOT OF THEM THE SB07 OFF OF ISHEMA DROOPING
BOATS TO DOWNED B-29 CREWS SUMMER OF 1945. ANY HELP WITH NAMES
PHOTOS AND SUCH WOULD HELP HES PUTTING TOGETHER A BOOK ON THIS
SLIGHTLY DIFFERANT TYPE OF AIR SEA RESCUE. BOB



FACE="Arial">Guest #66 added September 22, 2003

Name:
Anne Johnson Morton

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
-

Age group: -

Discovered PBYMA.org:
-

Military Background: -

Comments:
My Father, Edward Alfred Johnson, was also in the 2nd emergency
rescue squadron, of the 13th division of the Airforce during
WWII. He is looking for any and all information related to his
squadron members. He believes that there is a brief history on
the web some where. Any info would be greatly appreciated.



FACE="Arial">Guest #65 added September 14, 2003

Name:
Alan Hodgkins

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: TARGET="_blank">www.projectpby.com

From:
Burlington, WA. U.S.A.

Age group: 60-69 / CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: Son told me of it

Military
Background: 1954 to 1976 last tour at Navy Whidbey

Comments:
We are rebuilding a PBY5A and if anyone would like to look at
the rebuild or the aircraft you are welcome to do so. Please
bring your children and grandchildren so they may see what you
have flown in. (this is a work site so be extremely carfull!) / CLEAR="ALL">

I intend to paint it as it was 19420944 Navy Whidbey.
To look at some pictures would be helpfull.



FACE="Arial">Guest #64 added September 2, 2003

Name:
Elmer Lee Frazier, Jr.

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Riverside, CA. U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: While looking for old NCS Finegayan
Photos on Guam

Military Background: USN from
NOV/64 to NOV/68.

Comments:



FACE="Arial">Guest #63 added August 3, 2003

Name:
Pamela Strader Kennedy

Email: contact webmaster
for email address. Requests will be forwarded to Pamela and she
will contact the person requesting it.

Web Site:

From: Oak Harbor, WA. U.S.A.

Age
group: 50-59

Discovered PBYMA.org: My Dad (Doc
Strader).

Military Background: Was a Navy brat.
Born in the Navy hospital on NAS Whidbey.

Comments:
My Daddy passed away 6 days ago. The saddness I am feeling is
being overshadowed with the feeling of PRIDE of having such a
wonderful, caring, brave,loving Father.He was a member of this
group and I know how badly he was hoping to see it reach its
goal. He found the plane they are buying and was so proud. He
gave us kids pictures of it, and she is a BEAUTY. It is now my
dream to finish my Daddys dream for him of making this Memorial
a reality. He is so loved and so missed.



FACE="Arial">Guest #62 added June 9, 2003

Name:
Tim Watson

Web Site: –

From:
New Zealand

Age group: 20-29

Discovered
PBYMA.org: New Zealand catalina club

Military
Background: N.A

Comments: Great to see you finally
got your PBY. I just hope you have better luck than the NZ Catalina
Club who lost their newly purchased PBY in to the pacific ocean
after engine failure.

P.S Can’t wait to come
to USA and see it fly.



FACE="Arial">Guest #61 added June 9, 2003

Name:
Nikki Wardenaar Taylor

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Orlando, Florida U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59 / CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: I routinely check military
memorial websites as P.R. Director for Vietnam Veterans of Central
Florida.

Military Background: Married to a 25
year veteran of the Air Force, my cousins from Massachuetts served
in Vietnam, my mother’s brothers in WWII and my grandfather in
the Spanish American War.

Comments: I grew up
in Oak Harbor and my uncle John Wardenaar’s farm was within sight
of the Seaplane base. When I was a child in the fifties it was
a big event to go to Armed Forces Day at the Seaplane base and
Ault Field (Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, now.)



FACE="Arial">Guest #60 added May 31, 2003

Name:
Jim Quinn

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.

Age group: 70-79 / CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: From another PBY site / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background: Active duty in Navy 4-43/2-47;
active reserves 2-47/2-52.

Comments: I was a
ground crew AOM on PBY’s from 9/43 to 8/45; and a flight crew
AOM on PBY’s from 8/45 to 1/46. From 1/44 to 4/45 I was stationed
at Whidbey, working on PBY’s.



Guest #59 added April 27, 2003

Name:
Dan J. Sholian

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Portland, OR U.S.A.

Age group: 70-79

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Surfing for PBY 5A or OA 10A info

Military
Background: Flight Engineer 6TH & 7TH Emergency Rescue Squadrons,
Okinawa 1945-6

Comments: I recently visited
the Air Museum At Tillamook, OR.They have on display a US Navy
PBY5A In flying condition along with Approx 35 other aircraft.
Many WW11 planes in a 1942 Blimp hanger. More info at WWW.tillamookair.com


Webmaster’s note: Received note from Glenn Tanner (guest #73)
passed on from son of Dan J Sholian that Dan Passed away in the
latter part of 2004.



FACE="Arial">Guest #58 added April 15, 2003

Name:
CHESTER LEE THOMPSON

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
SMYRNA, GWA U.S.A.

Age group: 80-89

Discovered
PBYMA.org: ON GOOGLE.COM

Military Background: US
NAVY WW2 18JUN1941 SIX YEAR HITCH

GLNTS 41001-41
CAMP PERRY

INSTRUCTOR NAS SANDPOINT FOR TWO
YEARS

NAS KODIAK JCP RADIO TELEGRAPHER
CLEAR="ALL">

CHIRIKOF ISLAND ARM2C

NAS ATLANTA
GA IFIS

CASU47 GUAM, SAIPAN 1945

3,4,5
JULY 1946 ON USS ANTIETAM GAVE PHILLIPINES THEIR INDEPENDENCE. / CLEAR="ALL">

NAS ALAMEDA THEN HOME WITH MARY TO GA

Comments:
WHILE INSTRUCTOR DUTY MON THRU FRI. ON SAT, THEY HAD ME RIDING
BLISTER UP AND DOWN THE COAST OFF WHIDBY ISLAND ETC. OH YES 7/24
DUTY WW2

ALSO NAS KODIAK AK LOOKING FOR LOST
OIL TANKER USS WATERS. I WAS PASSENGER ON USS TIPPECANOE AS RADIO
OP PRESSED. STORM CAPSIZED THE WATERS. WE NEVER DID SEE ANY FLOTSAM
OR JETSAM OVER A THREE DAY SEARCH..



FACE="Arial">Guest #57 added April 8, 2003

Name:
Jim Bockman

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Oak Harbor, WA U.S.A.

Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: Flyer for Seaplane Base. / CLEAR="ALL">
Military Background:

Comments:
My son’s father-in-law was attached to VP 892 and VP 511 at Whidbey
Seaplane base, his CO at one of these Commands was Swanson. I’ve
told him I would try to find out about reunions. Could you please
help by pointing me into the right direction? Thanks for your
time and help.



FACE="Arial">Guest #56 added April 5, 2003

Name:
Eugene McDowell

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
3417 East Jefferson, Des Moines, Iowa U.S.A.

Age
group: 70-79

Discovered PBYMA.org: Always looking
for anything about PBYs

Military Background:
Navy from 1945 to 1948 on Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station. Soon
as I was 17 I got out of school.

Comments: I
was in the Crash Crew all that time and was around PBYs, PBMs
and PB4Y2s. I have formed a love for the PBYs and can’t get enough
information on them. So it was great to see this site. I have
a few pictures of the base and planes. Write me if you are interested.



FACE="Arial">Guest #55 added March 24, 2003

Name:
Peter Worby

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
England

Age group: 40-49

Discovered
PBYMA.org: Surfing

Military Background: historian,
researcher, have small museum dedicated to usaaf…also friends
of the 8th member and 8th historical society member

Comments:
would love to hear from any 5th ers sqdn guys…..tell me your
story



FACE="Arial">Guest #54 added March 10, 2003

Name:
Ray Wardenaar

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Othello, WA (U.S.A.)

Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: word of mouth

Military
Background: Civilian, but grew up in Oak Harbor, Wa–site of
NAS Whidbey.

Comments: Think memorial is great
idea.

Am interested in knowing if anyone remembers
a Hal Murrow or Morrow connected with the PBY’s at NAS Whidbey
around 19440947?



Guest #53 added February 2, 2003

Name: Rosanne Berkey

Email: contact webmaster for email address

Web Site: -

From: Las Vegas, NV (U.S.A.)

Age group: 50-59

Discovered PBYMA.org: Dad and Brother – Adolph Meisch Sr. and Adolph Meisch Jr. (aka Skip)

Military Background: #2 of Adolph and Dolores’s nine children. Born shortly after Dad was transfered to NAS Glenview IL which was to be our home for 17 years. I enjoyed the many benefits of growing up on the base.

Comments: My Dad has always been my #1 hero. I’m very excited to see the progress of the PBY Memorial Foundation. It’s wonderful to watch the dream of owning a Catalina come together.


Great job on the website Meisch Skip and Dad!



Guest #52 added January 9, 2003

Name:
Zachary Kennedy

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

From:
Oak Harbor WA (U.S.A.)

Age group: 30-39 / CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: PBY researching for an art
piece I am doing

Military Background: NA / CLEAR="ALL">
Comments: My grandfather was part of a crew in
the Black Cats during WWII and he’s had some models of them in
his TV room since I can remember, I was always intrigued by the
design and function of the plane not to mention the fact my grandfather
had been a part of them during a war. I’m doing a computer generated
painting of the old cat for a present to my grandfather Doc Strader.
Good thing he’s not got a computer or I’d be blowing my cover
right now. =)


PS.. I live in Oak Harbor and I hope we do get the Memorial.
If it weren’t for that plane I bet this town wouldn’t exist…
well not as big anyway.



FACE="Arial">Guest #51 added January 8, 2003

Name:
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FACE="Arial">Guest #50 added December 27, 2002

Name:
Ray Bergh

Email: contact webmaster
for email address

Web Site: –

Title:
Teacher/Author

From: 609 Mt. Ave. Havre, Mt.
 59501 (U.S.A.)

Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">

Discovered PBYMA.org: Patwing 4 Newsletter via "Ole"
Haugen et.al.

Military Background: Navy Brat,
son of Commander TF90.1.1 Adopted member of VP62, USN enlistee
1963, out in 1964 (prior to Gulf of Tonkin Incident’)

Comments:
The "Cat" was one of the most versatile aircraft of
WWII. The plane was graceful in flight and has been underrated
for many years, being in use in different roles even today. Many
people owe their lives to the valiant crews who flew these dependable
and rugged aircraft in harm’s way. I use this site in my school
and have given it to 2 other schools who claim to use it.





















































































































































FACE="Arial">Guest #49 added December 6, 2002
Name:
Peter Worby
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Luton, Beds England
Age group: 40-49
Discovered
PBYMA.org: surfing yahoo search engine

Military Background: historian and researcher , 8th airforce historical society member, friends of the 8th member too

Comments:
5th emergency rescue squadron, were you in it at halesworth england
in ww2?please contact me…ground crews too and any personel
at all…did 5th ers "dumbo"ever land on the channel
to rescue you??????would love to hear about it….these brave
guys were not in the shooting war but risked their lives every
mission to save others…..rough seas and gernman fighters might
have made sure that they never got back either…..we british
thanks each and every one of you american boys that helped keep
our country free….however can we hope to repay that debt of
honour to you i live at 26 woodgreen rd luton lu2 8bt england…drop
me a line and i will help you if you ever need transport on return
to england. always like to go to halesworth
FACE="Arial">Guest #48 added November 30, 2002
Name:
Jeff Akridge
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Columbia Pacific Aviation Inc.
From:
Moses Lake, WA U.S.A.
Age group: 30-39
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Working on your PBY
Military
Background:
Comments: Owner as well
FACE="Arial">Guest #47 added November 26th 2002
Name:
Susan Lingenfelter
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Talents To Share
From: Renton,
Washington U.S.A.
Age group: 40-49
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Member
Military Background:
CLEAR="ALL">Comments:
FACE="Arial">Guest #46 added November 24, 2002
Name:
Deleted
FACE="Arial">Guest #45 added November 13, 2002
Name:
Erik Nyberg
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Everett, WA U.S.A.
Age group: 20-29
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Read an article from the Crosswind at Naval Air Station
Whidbey
Military Background: Joined in March
of 1992. October of the same year attatched to VA028. Decommed
the squadron and joined VAQ034 in 1995. In 2000, transferred
to AIMD at Whidbey Island.
Comments: A very
beautifal aircraft. Then again I think that about all aircraft.
Especially military planes.
FACE="Arial">Guest #44 added November 12, 2002
Name:
N A Schneidewind
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Pensacola, FL U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Looking for members of our
PBY-5A crew
Military Background: I was a plane
captain in VPB-44 ‘43,1944 side number 48278 "Ruthiebelle"
operating from Green Island and other places in the S. Pacific.
Our PPC was Lt Jasper Martin from Texas. I would like to find
other crew members, Ricker,Lilly, McCauley, Werner.
Comments:
Best plane I ever flew in
FACE="Arial">Guest #43 added November 11, 2002
Name:
Cynthia Edgerton Kauffman
Email: contact HREF="mailto:webmaster@pbymf.org?subject=PBY Guestbook Inquiry %2343">webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Glenolden, PA U.S.A.
Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Searching for PBY crew / CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: My late father, Harold R.
Edgerton, was a CPO in the Coast Guard in WWII. He was stationed
on Guam in December 1944
Comments: I recently
found some photos of my father and some friends taken on Guam
in December 1944. Several are identified by name as PBY Crew:
John Shea and Barney Allen. Also identifed are Robert Coon and
John Cassidy. There are several single photos and a couple group
shots that have no identifications but all were taken in the
same time period. If anyone is interested, I will scan these
photos and email them to you.
FACE="Arial">Guest #42 added October 15, 2002
Name:
JOHN MACDOUGALL
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Auburn, AL U.S.A.
Age group: 30-39
Discovered
PBYMA.org:
Military Background: ACTIVE DUTY
CPO
Comments: Great website about the most important
tactical observation airplane of WW2.Im a WW2 aviation scale
modeler would be honored to build and donate PBY scale models
to WW2 PBY aircrews.Just got orders to Whidbey Island,will report
in March 2003.
v/r,
SKC MacDougall
FACE="Arial">Guest #41 added October 14, 2002
Name:
Michael Walsh
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Dallas, PA U.S.A.
Age group: 80-89
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Just Browsing
Military Background:
U.S. Navy R.M.2/c 19430946 Submarine Service)
Comments:
I submitted a previous request on Dec. 12, 2001 for information
concerning 9 downed men from a Pby (ditching) on July 30, 1945.
The submarine I was on picked these men up and if anyone knows
the where-abouts of these men I would appreciate hearing from
you. They are: Lieut H.H. Brock,Lieut H.G. Morgan, Lt. S.M. Brock,
Lt. K.K. Kelly, Capt. L.J. Meade,(medical corps), Sgt. L.L. Yeaman,
Cpl. H.T. Rusnak, Cpl. I.C. Tjopkzs, Cpl. H.T. Rusnak, and Lt.
Walter Koby. Any help will be appreciated.
Mike
Walsh
FACE="Arial">Guest #40 added October 15 (NZ time), 2002 / CLEAR="ALL">Name: Jonathan Meikle
Email: contact
webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
wellington, New Zealand
Age group: 40-49 / CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: From google search engine / CLEAR="ALL">Military Background:
Comments:
My father Peter Meikle was a flight engineer for the RNZAF on
the PBY in Laucala Bay, Fiji and in the Solomons. He was decorated
with a DFM for saving a holed PBY while flying (hit a log). he
passed away two days ago and i was trying to find some contacts
who may of known him.
Thankyou
j.p.meikle
FACE="Arial">Guest #39 added October 14, 2002
Name:
Lawrence W Huston
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Florence, OR U.S.A.
Age group: 80-89
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Researching PBY aircraft history. Hoping find word
of a squadron I’d been in.
Military Background:
I come from a navy family. My father retired with thirty years
service. I enlisted on 15 July 1940. In 1946 I was assigned to
VPHL00 at Whidbey Island and in 1947 I was transfered to VPAM1.
I was an AM1 at that time. I retired in 1960.
Comments:
I have flown in many types in my twenty years of Navy life, and
my favorite memories are of my time in PBY flying boats.
FACE="Arial">Guest #38 added September 21 2002
Name:
Bud Turner
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: TARGET="_blank">NUW ATC
From: Oak Harbor,
WA U.S.A.
Age group: 30-39
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Saw an article in the Whidbey New-Times and did an
internet search for "PBY Memorial Foundation"
CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: My father and grandfather are
both retired from the Navy. I am currently enlisted and my wife
was also enlisted for six years.
Comments: I
just like the PBY! I like that they have a connection with my
home town of San Diego and my current duty station, NAS Whidbey
Island. I’m an air traffic controller at NASWI and took a picture
of the PBY that was at the airshow. The picture was taken a few
days after the airshow as it was being towed from the flying
club’s fuel pit back to the ramp. The picture has the PBY, a
C052, an FA08 and an EA-6 all together! It’s on the picture page
of the NUW ATC site listed or you can view it here:
HREF="http://www2.whidbey.net/vvatc/pby1.jpg" TARGET="new">www2.whidbey.net/vvatc/pby1.jpg / CLEAR="ALL">It’s not an official governemnt website and the
picture is NOT copyright so print it, save it, copy it, or whatever
you want to do with it! Hope I get to see the memorial before
I transfer…I still have a year left here at Whidbey.
FACE="Arial">Guest #37 added September 3 2002
Name:
Robert Hyndman
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Kingsville, TX U.S.A.
Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Looking for Army OA 10A info
and Army Training at Corpus Christi during WWII
Military
Background: 30yrs 8mos Navy. Retired AFCM in 1995.
Comments:
Trying to find anyone who knew my dad who flew Army OA10A’s and
died playing football at an Army PBY base in Panama in 1946.
He was Samuel Robert Hyndman. I am Robert Kirk Hyndman. rkhyndman@yahoo.com
FACE="Arial">Guest #36 added September 3 2002
Name:
Ellen Briggs Daniels
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Nashville, TN U.S.A.
Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: By Google.com search
CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: My father, Lt. Cmdr. Charles
A. Briggs, Jr. flew missions during WWII in the Pacific. He was
in electronics/radio and stationed on Quadgelen (?sp).
CLEAR="ALL">Comments: Are there any members in your group who
might remember him? In 1951 my mother, sister and I (age 5) joined
him on his return to the U.S. and lived in a area off base for
approx. 5 or 6 months, until we returned to the Philadelphia
area. One of his Navy friends was a fellow whose last name was
Burns, also a Lt. Cmdr., I think. My dad passed away several
years ago. Any information about those years would be appreciated.
Thank you.
FACE="Arial">Guest #35 added August 31 2002
Name:
Don Jester
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
New Bern, ND U.S.A.
Age group: 50-59
Discovered
PBYMA.org: RESEARCH AT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Military
Background:
Comments: My father (Donald Albert
Jester) was AOM on PBYs during WWII,trained at Great Lakes, then
Memphis, then reported 25 SEP., 1944 to SQD. VPB#1, JAX, FL.,
TO HedRon 140, FAW 14, 5 JAN 1945, then to VPB 91,then to HEDRON,
FAW 6, VPB 61, then to HEDRON, FAW 4, did temporary duty with
VPB 122 and VPB 62, then HVY. PAT. SQD. 12, then VP-AM0. He was
at Whidbey Island and Adak. Would be interested to know if anyone
remembers him, or events in Adak, especially involving a crash
he might have removed dead crew members from. (He died 3/77).
Also, for those interested in regalia, one of the units he was
in ised a patch which showed a cat throwing dice, which meant
Catalina (PBY). As AOM, he had learned waist GNR., blister GNR.,
and bombardier duties.
FACE="Arial">Guest #34 added June 8, 2002
Name:
Kenneth Hudson
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Forest, VA U.S.A.
Age group: 40-49
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Surfing
Military Background: / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: My Dad, Estes Hudson, was a radioman
on a PBY attached to the Seaplane Tender USS Wright in WWII.
Would like to hear from anyone who was attached to this ship
or had a family member attached to this ship. Dad’s "claim
to fame" was that his plane was sent to search for "Pappy"
Boyington, CO of Black Sheep Squadron, Dad sent back the message
"Mission negative". It was later learned that Pappy
Boyington was shot down and a POW.
FACE="Arial">Guest #33 added June, 8 2002
Name:
Edward G Delaney
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Williamsville, NY U.S.A.
Age group: 50-59 / CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: I was searching for information
on my father’s Pby and PBM units and found this site through
the Google search engine.
Military Background:
Air Force and Army ROTC and was a navy brat for the early part
of my life.
Comments: My father was a Senior
Chief Petty Officer and ACMM for 20 years with the USN. I would
very much like to find out about the history of the various Units
to which he was assigned. His memory is failing him and I would
like to document his service for future family reference but
I have not had much luck. Dad entered service in 1933 and separated
from service around 1953. He was also assigned to the Fleet Reserve.
I would appreciate any advice that you could give as to where
I might search for information.
FACE="Arial">Guest #32 added June 8, 2002
Name:
Howard O Palmer
Web Site: –
From:
Albany, Oregon U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Through the information center
in Langley, Washington
Military Background:
United States Navy from 1942 November to 1945 December. Military
Identification Number 655-53-57. Aviation Mechanice 2nd Class
and Plane Captain on PFY-5As in San Diego, California, and Oak
Harbor (Whidbey Island). Have squadron picture.
Comments:
215 Columbus St Ne Albany, Oregon 97321
FACE="Arial">Guest #31 added April 10, 2002
Name:
Duncan Taylor
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Nottingham, England
Age group: 30-39
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Searched for info on ENS George Gay
Military
Background: None
Comments: I am a history buff,
love sites like this and truely appeciate being able to read
and learn from first hand information. Thank you!
FACE="Arial">Guest #30 added March 29, 2002
Name:
Harold Johnson
Web Site: –
From:
Yucaipa, CA U.S.A.
Age group:
Discovered
PBYMA.org: By accident
Military Background:
Joined Navy in Mar 1943. AMM school at Norman, Okla. Gunnery
school,Purcell,Okla. OTU Jacksonville, Fla.May 1944 assigned
to VPB-43. Oct 1944 squadron sent to Aleutians.Broke into detachments
and served on Attu, Kodiak and Amchitka. Served as a flight mech.
flying in the tower of PBY-5A’s. We were crew #2 W.J. Leary PPC
and Squadron Commander S.O."Pappy" Cole.Squadron relieved
day Japaan surrendered Aug. 14, 1945. Next assigned to enter
Pilot training, but decided to take discharge and end my Navy
career in April 1946.
Comments: Am presently
a member of the PBY Memorial Associaton, Whidbey. Is. and hope
to get up there soon and participate, and amm looking forward
to seeing a PBY-5A located there.
FACE="Arial">Guest #29 added January 26, 2002
Name:
William Brent
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Columbus, OH U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Google.com
Military Background: USAF
19460949, radar tech, Guam.
Comments: Looking
for information about my brother, Ralph Otto Brent, USN aircraft
metalsmith, KIA in Solomon Island area (11/42-5/43?). His units
may have been VP24 aand PATSU 10 and he was at Hickam Field when
Pearl was attacked.
FACE="Arial">Guest #28 added January 20, 2002
Name:
Jim Peele
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Athens, GA U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79
Discovered
PBYMA.org: searched google[pby_5a].
Military
Background: Navy 19420946 ARM 2C
Comments: PBY_5a
#38028 I have made flights in a time or two. We formed in august
1943 [VP 62] Whidbey Island and left for Amchitka in Nov. Was
in Amchitka until Sept went to Attu for a month, then back to
States. I have a list of our planes.
FACE="Arial">Guest #27 added January 12, 2002
Name:
Darrell V Stark
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Mays Landing, NJ U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79 / CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Searching for information
re my outfit on Whidbey in WWII. CO was Cmdr. Chas. Goldtrap. / CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: Aviation Radioman 2/c assigned
to Low Approach Group, ILS unit, at Whidbey Island and at NAS
Sandpoint, Seattle 1943 / 1945. Trying to find buddies and photographs
Ault Field and Sand Point. Help!
Comments: Flew
hundreds of hours in PBY5A.
FACE="Arial">Guest #26 added January 12, 2002
Name:
Eugene Meyer Jr
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Milwaukee, WI U.S.A.
Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Looking for pictures of PBY’s
and info on my dad.
Military Background: Army:Vietnam
Fall 1969 to Fall 1970
Comments: Looking for
anyone who might have known my dad in WWII. He was a radioman
on a PBY based in the Hawaiian Islands. His full name was Eugene
Francis Meyer
FACE="Arial">Guest #25 added December 27, 2001
Name:
Dan Brown
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Oak Harbor, WA U.S.A.
Age group: 30-39
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Paying my City utilities bill
downtown – display/flyers.
Military Background:
USNA class of ’87, roommate of Paul Meish, nephew/cousin(?) of
the Adolph Meisch-es involved in this site, A-6 pilot assigned
to Whidbey in ’90, one cruise on Ranger, then Japan for 3.5 years
on Indy, then back to Whidbey for EA-6Bs, now taking on the Base
Ops job, trying to set up the 60th anniversary airshow, have
been looking for a way to get a PBY here (Aug 1708, 2002) / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: I want to get one up to Whidbey in August,
hadn’t considered the permanent stationing of one here until
today, but I think it’s a great idea!
A. Meisch
jr and sr, please email me with any thoughts or suggestions.
We are currently negotiating with a museum to bring a PBY up
for the show.
FACE="Arial">Guest #24 added December 12, 2001
Name:
Michael Walsh
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Dallas, PN U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Just browsing
Military Background:
U.S. Navy 1943 to 1946 Radio and sound man on the U.S.S.Peto
(SS 265)
Comments: Around July 1945 we picked
up 8 crewmen plus a downed flier off of Japan. They were transferred
to another submarine, the U.S.S. Gabilan. I have photos of these
men who I don’t know by name, as they pulled alongside our sub.
The PBY they were on picked up a downed pilot but sustained extensive
fuselage damage and had to abandon their plane. A flying boxcar
dropped a boat which broke in half and another plane was dispatched
to the area and dropped another boat which remained intact enabling
them to get to the area, which incidentially was a mine field,
and boarded our sub without any further problems. Any help in
locating any of these former crew of this PBY will be greatly
appreciated.
Mike Walsh
FACE="Arial">Guest #23 added November 30, 2001
Name:
Frederick Peterson
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Sammamish, WA U.S.A.
Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Looking at PBY sites
CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: 1965/67 Army infantry
CLEAR="ALL">Comments: I own PBY 6-A N9825Z, I am prsently restoring
the airplane, it is the last one built by Consolidated, and only
has 2800 flying hours on it. It is being put back 100 % military,
blisters, bow turret, nose glass, bunks, stove, navigators desk,
engineers seat, the only changes I am keeping is the ability
for the pilot to start the engines and select the fuel tanks.
The engines on this airplane are the P & W 1830-92. They
have 60 hours on one and 200 hours on the other. They seem to
run very well.
Rick Peterson…..
FACE="Arial">Guest #22 added November 23, 2001
Name:
Sam Osteen
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Oak Harbor, WA U.S.A.
Age group: 40-49
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Brochure at Kasteel’s
CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: USMC 19810985
Comments:
It was the best plane at the air show in St. Paul, Mn, until
it got blown over in a storm. I never got to fly in it, but I
loved crawling around in it. The engineer’s station was my favorite
spot. I ended up in Oak Harbor by chance, and was thrilled to
learn it was the home of the Catalinas, and then disappointed
to learn there aren’t any here anymore. Maybe we can change that.
Good luck!
FACE="Arial">Guest #21 added August 5, 2001
Name:
Jim Teegarden
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: TARGET="_blank">"2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron" / CLEAR="ALL">From: Wahiawa, U.S.A.
Age group:
30-39
Discovered PBYMA.org: Just surfing! / CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: Former Army Helicopter pilot. / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: My Uncle Major Gerard F. Wientjes flew
the OA00A for the 2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron during WWII.
FACE="Arial">Guest #20 added July 18, 2001
Name:
Robert Bedinger
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
U.S.A.
Age group: 60-69
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Surfing
Military Background: Force
Recon USMCR
Comments: My Step dad Robert Stores
Dorton was awarded the Navy Cross. Flew rescue missions in the
Pacific 43-45. Tring to find anyone who may know or have flown
with him. We were stationed in Hawaii in the mid 50’s. He flew
out of Hickam AFB with VR7 MATS.
FACE="Arial">Guest #19 added July 17, 2001
Name:
Robert Brougham
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Petaluma, CA U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79
Discovered
PBYMA.org: Win Stites
Military Background: Naval
Aviator, VPB-34 PBY Black Cat Squadron, SW Pacific; Com7thFlt
Flag Aviation Unit, New Guinea-Phillipines; ComUSNavForAustralia-New
Guinea Flag pilot; VPML-62 NavRes Squadron, Sand Point, Seattle / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: I support your objective in preserving
the memory of contributions made to the world by the PBY and
the crews who flew them. May your venture be successful. It is
an honor to be a member.
FACE="Arial">Guest #18 added July 14, 2001
Name:
John F Freeman
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Youngsville, NC U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79 / CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: surfin the net with google.com / CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: U.S. Coast Guard 19420945 / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: aviation mechanic 3rd cl – crew member
PBY5A at Port Angeles Air Station Washington. Air-Sea-Rescue
duty with assignments at Navy auxilliary air stations in Washington
and Oregon 19440945.
Added note: Tested JATO
(jet assisted take off) on our 5A . Attached to racks on each
side of fuselage, Minimum of 4 units adequate to break step on
water take off.
FACE="Arial">Guest #17 added June 3, 2001
Name:
Robert W Spear PPC
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Sarasota, Florida U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79 / CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Just looking. Had thought
of building a Pby model and was looking for one.
Military
Background: Stationed at Whidbey after going through operational
training at Jax. Met a very beautiful girl there. We were married
at the Metodist church in Oak Harbor February 19, 1945. Now 56
years. Shipped out to Kaneohe in July.Some active duty during
the Korean conflict. Last ride in a Catalina at an air show at
WestoverAFB.I talked to the loadmaster as I checked out the cockpit
of a C5A. His comment, "you guys had it rough in the PBY’s.
No hydaulics-no computers". As my ininstructer said at Copus.
"You’re right for PBYs," a strong back and a weak mind." / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: What you are doing is great-such a forgiving
aircraft.
FACE="Arial">Guest #16 added May 28, 2001
Name:
Dolores Meisch Struthers
Email: contact HREF="mailto:webmaster@pbymf.org?subject=PBY Guestbook Inquiry %2316">webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Callaway Minnesota U.S.A.
Age group: 50-59 / CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: From my father and my brother…Adolph
Meisch Sr. and Adolph Meisch Jr.
Military Background:
The oldest "Navy Brat" of 9 Meisch children. Born in
Anacortes, Wa. while Dad was stationed at Whidbey Island in 1946.
Raised after that at Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview,
Illinois until April of 1965.
Comments: I think
that my Father and my Brother have done a terrific job on this
website and I hope that others are enjoying it as much as I have.
It is a wonderful site for anyone that shares the interest in
the PBY that my Father and my Brother share should check out.
FACE="Arial">Guest #15 added May 7, 2001
Name:
Ralph L Swank II
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
2117 Magdalene Manor Drive FL 336130935 U.S.A.
Age
group: 60-69
Discovered PBYMA.org: Looking for
PBY information on web.
Military Background: none / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: I fly radio control seaplanes, and will
eventually build a model of a PBY. It is a comlex and challenging
task, and will accumulate all the information I can get before
starting. This was a great plane – versatile, rugged, homely,
reliable, and adored by downed pilots. You must be aware of the
PBY Catalina Foundation. They sell T-shirts to raise funds –
you should, too. I’d get 3 or 4. If I had a spare $450,000, I’d
buy the one that is for sale.
FACE="Arial">Guest #14 added April 29, 2001
Name:
James R Vannice
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Oak Harbor, WA U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79
CLEAR="ALL">Discovered PBYMA.org: Invited to attend PBYMA meeting / CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: Enlisted 07/09/41, Portland
Or. Spent most of WWII in Ak. Last PBY Sq., VPAM0 at Whidbey
1947-48. 30 yrs active duty with P2V’s, A3’s, EC021’s, A6 and
EA6. LDO commission 1956, Retired O-5, 1971
Comments:
Great Airplane. History deserves to be preserved. PBYMA appears
to be a start to accomplish this.
FACE="Arial">Guest #13 added April 15, 2001
Name:
Chris Brovold
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
St. Paul, MN U.S.A.
Age group: 40-49
Discovered
PBYMA.org: looking for info on PBY’s
Military
Background: 20 yrs Navy Currently Teach Officer Leadership / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: Life long interest in the PBY, her crews
& their history
FACE="Arial">Guest #12 added March 29, 2001
Name:
Carl D Agnese
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
St. Charles, MO U.S.A.
Age group: 50-59 / CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: Ex 82nd Airborne Trooper / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: My Father flew as radar/radio man in
a -5A for the 2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron, 13th Airforce (USAAF)
during 1944, 45 in the South Pacific (Zamboanga, P.I.).
FACE="Arial">Guest #11 added March 9, 2001
Name:
Theodore J Tomanek
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Avon Lake, OH U.S.A.
Age group: 50-59
CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: None.
Comments:
I was born on WI. (Whidbey Island) in the hospital in 1950. My
father was an AO on the Catalina’s and flew patrols over the
Aleutians. I would like to keep in touch with the progress of
the memorial.
FACE="Arial">Guest #10 added February 4th 2001
Name:
Frederick J Channell
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79
Military
Background: 20 years USN. Served at Whidbey Island July, 1945
to March, 1946 as AOM3C, then went to FAW-4, Kodiak, Alaska / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: -
FACE="Arial">Guest #9 added February 1st 2001
Name:
Pim Goedbloed
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Holland
Age group: 20-29
Military
Background: None
Comments: Member of the Neptune
Association in Holland. Our organization is currently taking
care of two PBY’s. One for static display and one airworthy.
We are always looking for technical manuals, drawings, microfilms,
spare parts etc of PBY’s.
FACE="Arial">Guest #8 added January 27th 2001
Name:
Barry Graham Nicholls
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Anniston, AL U.S.A.
Age group:
Military
Background: None
Comments: My father was the
navigator on a PBY in WW II. I would like to know mnore about
the plane, and more about what he did during WW II.
FACE="Arial">Guest #7 added December 23rd 2000
Name:
Bob Bergstrom
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Vancouver, WA U.S.A.
Age group: 40-49
CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: Navy brat – Moffett Field 19610965 / CLEAR="ALL">Comments: I am in the process of collecting any
information on my fathers war time experiences (Philippines 1941
VP002/VP-22 and Aleutians 1942-43 VP-42). His name is Ens. Edward
W. Bergstrom. If any one can contact me about them I would appreciate
it. All we have is his log book and a few letters and newspaper
stories. Thanks
FACE="Arial">Guest #6 added December 20th 2000
Name:
Ray Marotta
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Good story about a PBY named "Katie" / CLEAR="ALL">From: San Jose, CA U.S.A.
Age
group: 80-89
Military Background: I served a
little over 8 years in the U.S. Navy with VQ0, VRC-50, VP-30,
and VP00.
Comments: I used to look down from
the air on an abandoned PBY next to a pond on a farm outside
Elizabeth City. I doubt its still there.
FACE="Arial">Guest #5 added September 6th 2000
Name:
Ken Estes
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Dedicated to saving the USS RANGER CV-61 / CLEAR="ALL">From: Everett, WA U.S.A.
Age group:
60-69
Military Background: 19560962 USN. Best
duty station on shore was NAS Whidbey Island. Served at the base
Photo Lab on Seaplane Base. Took many flights in the PBY and
others that were stationed there 1959. Was attached to Heavy
(VAH) Six and when went aboard the Ranger discovered where I
liked to be! Now am web master and I invite you to visit our
web site, where we are trying to save the ship as a museum/Navy
Memorial.
Comments: Remembered best was the
slugishness of smooth water and the quickness of a little white
water! But in the air it was smooth enought to take what ever
picture I was taking!
FACE="Arial">Guest #4 added June 27th 2000
Name:
Ray Eyre
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: TARGET="_blank">Catalina Club of New Zealand
From:
Whangarei NI New Zealand
Age group: 40-49 / CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: NZ Armed Services
Comments:
Nice Site.
I am the webmaster of www.catalina.org.nz. / CLEAR="ALL">Have added your site to our links page.
Carry
on the good work..
Ray
FACE="Arial">Guest #3 added April 1st 2000
Name:
Gene E Guthrie
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
11715 NE 105th Lane Kirkland, WA. U.S.A.
Age
group: 70-79
Military Background: Enlisted as
a V-5 Naval Aviation cadet in Seattle on November 17, 1942. CPT
at Wenatchee, WA;Del Monte Preflight-Primary at Hutchinson, Kansas;
Corpus Christi for remainder of training. Graduated 1050944.
Operational at NAS Jacksonville. -Assigned to VPB-43 in May 1944.
deployed to Attu in October 1944 as co-pilot/navigator in PBY5As.
Returned to NAS Seattle in July 1945. Inactive status on December
15, 1945. Joined Reserve at Sand Point in September 1946 until
1968 flying PBY5As, PV-2s, PB4Ys, P2V-5Fs, SNB/JRBs. Recalled
for Korean War from Jan 1953 to December 1954. Assigned to VP-4
as PPC flying P2V-5 patrol planes.
Comments:
The PBY5A undoubtedly was the right aircraft for the Aleutian
flying area. Tough, dependable and always got us back. It was
cold and the navigator’s window above the table always leaked!!
FACE="Arial">Guest #2 added March 23rd 2000
Name:
Adolph P. Meisch Sr.
Email: contact webmaster
for email address
Web Site: –
From:
Oak Harbor, WA. U.S.A.
Age group: 70-79 / CLEAR="ALL">Military Background: Enlisted in US Navy Nov.22,
1943 At Aurora Ill. Went on active duty Dec.2 1943 NTC Great
Lakes Ill. Feb.44 transfered to NATTC Memphis Tenn. AMM School.
Aug,44 to Naval free Gunnery School, Yellow Water Fl. Sept.44
PBY OTU NAS Jacksonville FL.PBY Combat Aircrew training. May
45. Patrol Sqd.UPB91 NAS Whidbey Is.WA. Mar.46, VPB62/AM2 Whidbey
Is. May 47,VPHL7 Whidbey IS. Nov.47 NAS Glenview Il. Apr.65,
NAS Seattle WA. Nov. 67 Retired as ADRC.
Comments:
Ever since I first started flying in PBYs At NAS jacksonville
it has been my favorite aircraft. I have flown many different
aircraft over the years in the Navy and after retirement. The
Navy R4D, R5D, R6D, SNB, JRB. C117, C119, and SNJ. I have a civilian
Comercial pilot License, Single engine land and sea with an Instrument
rating and have flown many civilian aircraft. The PBY is the
best. I am presently part of the PBY Memorial Foundation. We
plan to bring a PBY Back the NAS Whidbey Island Seaplane base
as a memorial to the Men who flew in this aircraft during WW
II.
FACE="Arial">Guest #1 added March 22nd 2000
Name:
Adolph P. Meisch Jr. aka: Skip
Email: contact
webmaster
for email address
Web Site: pbyma.org
CLEAR="ALL">From: Bothell, Washington U.S.A.
Age
group: 50-59
Military Background: Navy brat.
Deafness in one ear kept me out against my wishes. I tried several
times to no avail. Medical advances finally fixed the problem
at age 42 after umpteen surgeries and decades of hoping. A little
late for starting a military background.
Comments:
I have become an active member of the PBY Memorial Foundation
(active in the sense that I maintain this web site). I am eagerly
looking forward to getting our own hangar and PBY for our museum.