The PBY (In the acronym PBY, PB' stands for 'Patrol Bomber', and 'Y' is the code for the Consolidated Aircraft Co.) was first flown in 1935, and its flexibility, safety over water and long range made it ideal for multi-purpose roles particularly throughout the Philippines, where airfields were few. It was not fast (it cruised typically at 110 knots) but it was graceful and had extraordinary long legs

During the siege of Corregidor, the PBY would be used from Australia for the delivery of critically needed supplies (AA fuzes) and to rescue  personnel.

Photo - year unknown but mostlikely 1937.



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