PV Ventura / Harpoon Units of World War 2 (Osprey Combat Aircraft 34)
Alan C. Carey, Tom Tullis - PV Ventura / Harpoon Units of World War 2
Osprey Publishing | 2002 | ISBN: 1841763837 | English | 97 pages | PDF | 43.75 MB
Combat Aircraft 34
Osprey's examination of the PV Ventura/Harpoon Units and of their participation in World War II (1939-1945). A development of the successful Lockheed ‘medium twins' of the late 1930s, the PV Ventura/Harpoon family of patrol bombers saw widespread service with both the US Navy/Marine Corps and the TAF and Commonwealth from October 1942 onwards. The USAAF also used surplus Venturas originally ordered by the RAF, designated B-34 Lexingtons, in the bomber training and coastal patrol roles. The final variant in this family was the larger PV-2 Harpoon, which was built to a US Navy requirement from March 1944 onwards. Used primarily in the Pacific, 470 Harpoons saw frontline service on anti-shipping and submarine patrols through to VJ-Day. This book covers each of these variants in complete illustrated detail.
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