The PBY 'Catalina' is arguably the most successful flying boat ever produced, and was made in larger numbers than all other flying boats combined. Despite being declared obsolete by the U.S. Navy in 1939, the 'P-boat' served throughout the war in the service of the US (Navy, Coast Guard and Army Air Force as the OA-10), Britain, Canada, France, Australia and the Netherlands. An extremely versatile aircraft, it was used in a wide variety of roles besides search and rescue and patrol; in the South Pacific, for instance, the 'Black Cats' of VP-12 and other squadrons are credited with sinking more than 10,000 tons of Japanese merchant shipping.



Scale: 1/48

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