The Fighting Flying Boat: A History of the Martin PBM Mariner

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Naval Institute Press, 2004 - History - 250 pages
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"Detailing a proud chapter in naval aviation history, former PBM pilot Richard Hoffman has written the first comprehensive history of Mariner operations. This versatile seaplane was first deployed in 1941 during the Battle of the Atlantic, when it helped sink ten German U-boats. The following year it became a mainstay of the Naval Air Transport Service as the first aircraft to provide a vital link between Hawaii and the South Pacific. In combat, Mariners participated in every major offensive campaign from the Marianas to Iwo Jima and Okinawa, sinking enemy submarines, ships, and aircraft. They also served as the main rescue aircraft, saving hundreds of airmen and seamen in spectacular open-sea rescue operations. At war?s end, they were the first aircraft into Tokyo Bay. Yet the Mariner has long been overshadowed by its famous counterpart, the PBY Catalina."--The publisher.

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About the author (2004)

Richard A. Hoffman, a retired Navy captain and former test pilot with a master's degree in seaplane hydrodynamics, flew the PBM during the Korean War. He lives in La Jolla, California.

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