By John C. Stanaway
Drawn from the documents of English, American, New Zealand, Australian and Canadian resources, in addition to from veterans, this can be the tale of Lockheed's fortunate Star-the exceptional Ventura! formed from the Lockheed version 18 airliner, the Ventura went directly to struggle on approximately each international conflict II battlefront as a penetration bomber, anti-submarine patrol airplane, reconnaissance bomber, or even nightfighter. John Stanaway is usually the writer Possum, Clover & Hades: The 475th Fighter crew in international struggle II, and assault and overcome: The eighth Fighter workforce in international warfare II(with Larry Hickey). either titles can be found from Schiffer Publishing Ltd.).
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Jack Wolfinger and Frank Speck in the astrodome of a VB-1St Ted Mollin of VB-1St. (Tesch) Ventura. (Tesch) Chapter 7: USN: Central Pacific 41 VPB·151 commander's PV-1. (Tesch) squadron pitched in and added its own weight of fire to the air strikes against the Marshalls. VB-144 (and the later VPB-144) had a remarkable record in terms of casualties. The only two recorded aircraft losses were the Ventura piloted by U. w. Baker on February 14, 1944 and another that was lost on June 17 of the same year around the island of Roi in the Marshalls.
Fleming, Av, Mac7:i. Male 2/&. • , 7 Another page from the Lockheed newsletter describing an incident with McWilliams and his crew. A year later he flew through the Leyte typhoon of October 28-29,1944 on instruments for six and a half hours. S. Marine Venturas he need for aircraft with night fighting capability was heavily debated in the naval circles that influenced policy before Pearl Harbor. Britain and Germany were certainly devoting a good deal of effort and resources to perfecting their night defenses, but then they were faced with direct night bombing threats to their respective homelands.
Three Venturas of the squadron followed Mantius's example of the preceding November and made a night sweep over Paramashiro on January 19, 1944. The famous "Empire Express" had begun its regular run to northern Japanese territory, and would continue the harassing raids throughout the war. For the rest of the winter and part of the spring of 1944 the crews of VB-139 completed seventy-eight of one-hundred attempted night photo or bombing missions to the Kuriles. Five PV-1s were lost during these operations, but only one of the crews was lost when Lt.