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Richard Knott retired from the U.S. Navy in 1986 after a thirty-year career and several thousand pilot hours in a variety of aircraft. He is also the author of Fire from the Sky.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557504717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557504715
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,488,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lael Prock on August 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
The story of the PBY Catalinas in the South Pacific during WWII is not well known but should be. The Marines didn't leave much publicity space for other units once their PR guys got done. But this is an interesting story if you are a die hard WWII buff. PBY's were built essentially for long range reconnaissance, rescue of down pilots and some transport function. They were slow and definitely not built for daytime combat. But some bright fellows got the idea to use them at night as an attack aircraft a mission that they became extremely successful sinking many Japanese ships and attacking land targets. Without adequate radar the Japanese never knew they were coming until the bombs started falling. They were painted black to be more difficult to see and cats since they are night creatures. As such they were seldom subject to attack by Japanese planes. Flying over Japanese bases at night dropping bombs here and there and keeping everyone awake had its value. These were brave guys doing a dangerous mission with great success. Read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louise M. Green on June 29, 2011
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This is a good book covering a little covered subject. I am in the military and we had a blakc cat vet come in and talk to us. After he talked to us I went home and bought this book to read about what he told us. Just amazing, as a pilot I can't believe what they used to do, the guts a courage is amazing. I had a hard time putting the book down.
If you have ant interest in the Catalina in WWII, get this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michael Jowett on May 6, 2015
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The Black cats, a pilots answer to a air force that has an outdated slow long range aircraft that they cant find a use for.
The Catalina an aircraft that punched well beyond its weight flown by innovative and clever pilots in circumstances that t was not designed for.
A 1930's A10 for a comparison. They held the Japanese at bay for a large portion of the Pacific war but have not been given the credence they deserve.
They rescued hundreds of downed pilots in atrocious conditions as well as footing it on the front line.
This is just one small part in the second world war this plane played look up the stories of the Alaska squadrons as well.
This is one tough bird and rightly deserves more recognition.
A very good recommended read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Mackessy-lloyd on November 12, 2010
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Solid reporting on their history, would be nice to have a bit more fleshing out of the day to day experiences or lives of the participants.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arthur V. Moninger on March 22, 2007
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A TRUE ACCOUNT OF HOW THE CATALINA FLYING BOAT HELPED WIN THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC. IT HAS LOTS OF PHOTOS AND PERSONAL ACCOUNTS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harry A. Pierce on April 11, 2014
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Fast, quick, 5 read. Yes it is a good read. Why use this aircraft in the Pacific, though it was dated it could look for enemy assault forces past the range of aircraft carrier planes. Dynamically this and it's rescue value in the fall of the Phillipines to Indonesia and Australia was very important. It's more modern and under valued usage was as a heavy duty night attack craft for stopping Japaneses resupply units. Deatailed study of the transition of the PBY catalina into the Black Cat of night. Thanks, Harry!
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I liked the book. I'm glad the naval institute press is releasing their older books in kindle format. Makes it far easier to purchase out of print books.

As for the book itself, I was left wanting more details about the PBYs in action during the war. But what you receive is a great overview of the operations with some detailed stories. I personally would have loved to have received more stories and more details. It seems like a suicide mission to attack Japanese ships and bases with the PBYs, you have to really respect the people who flew out night after night in them.
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If your interested in Aviation you will enjoy reading this book. I have also read two other books from Amazon regarding the PBY's of WWII in my Kindle and would give them all 5 stars. When our Marines landed on Guadalcanal in 1942 and the Carriers left the area, the Catalina's were about the only planes left to fly and patrol the area. Of course the Black Cats were named later so I would recommend reading the other which will give you the progression of the Southern Pacific Battles involving the PBY.
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