PBY Catalena flown in VPB-92
My father, Cdr. Theodore Hechler, Jr. (US Navy Retired) graduated from the US Naval Accademy, Annapolis, MD in 1940. Later he earned his wings (I remember seeing a pin like this one). His unit in WWII was VPB–92, a Patrol/Bombing Squad.
Read a fascinating personal
account by a squadron mate.
“Known as Catalina, Canso and
Nomad, the PBY was one of the U.S.
Navy’s most useful aircraft during
WWII, with more produced than any
other craft before or since....”
“Approximately 3,300 PBY types were produced during the war for various services and Allies. At their peak employment, the PBY’s equipped 29 U.S. patrol squadrons.”