Shrewsbury, 1st ed., 1988. 240 pp., photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 24 x 18cm. FINE. The Consolidated PBY Catalina was probably the most versatile and successful flying boat/amphibian ever built, serving not just with the USAAF, Navy and Coast Guard, but also with Britain, Canada, Australia, the Free French and other air forces. The Catalina was employed as a maritime reconnaissance aircraft, as a bomber and torpedo-bomber, as an anti-submarine weapon, a mine-layer, a special operations machine and as a search and rescue craft by day and night, ferrying stores, mail and people. This is the amazing story of the exploits and achievements of the 'Flying Cats', of the heroism of many of their crews and the problems they had to endure.