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Have a photo request PBY-5a

OK gang, I have a request. My wife’s grandfather, age 92, was a flight mechanic in VP 14 on PBY-A. He was at Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941.

He is pretty deaf so finds enjoyment from the cool PBY stuff I find on Ebay for him. Today he was looking through some stuff and mentioned, no one ever has a photo of the flight engineer station. He used to sit at that station for hours.

So here is the mission, I know there are some of these still flying. Can someone point me to an owner that can source some interior photos for me?


Tulsa OK

I’d start here https://www.google.com/search?q=pby+5+a&es_sm=91&biw=1095&bih=598&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=89WIVM_8L4KoNo7Yg8gE&ved=0CDUQ7Ak&dpr=2.5

That is sure a mess load of photos but as I have encountered 99% are great exterior flying photos. Google has been my best friend in locating stuff for him.

But you did give me an idea. I would happily make a donation to a museum that could take some photos or video. I bet Pensacola has one.

Try contacting the Catalina Preservation Society at pbycatalina.com/

Several videos of the Catalina are found at consolidated-pby-catalina.blogsp … chive.html - I haven’t looked at them but some may have engineer station views

Here’s a search on the Wayback Machine (archive.org) on the Catalina: archive.org/search.php?query=pby-5

Hope your grandfather-in-law finds what he would like to see! And thank him for his service.

The Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola has a library. I went there years ago and did a little research, and they were helpful.

navalaviationmuseum.org/educ … r-library/

The site says they might do “limited” research if you cannot visit the library.

I received some photos from Pensacola museum today of a cut away they have. When I am back in the US I will also try the preservation group. That was a great tip.
Finding cool stuff for him has become a hobby. It gets him excited and prompts him to start in on stories.

I can’t imagine the stories he must have… My uncle was an artillery forward observer in the European theater and some of his stories (when he did share them) were absolutely mind-boggling, far beyond what Hollywood could ever dream up.

Best of luck in your efforts to help give back to a deserving vet. People often tend to forget that people like him are valuable first-hand witnesses and participants to some very important world history.