has a new cover, new chapter-opening illustrations,
a greatly expanded index, a new publisher and a
new ISBN. Otherwise, it's the same collection of
fascinating stories of the PBY Catalina's accomplishments
in World War II, as told by her crewmembers.
Mel Crocker, an aviation radioman in PBY Squadron
12 (VP12) in the South Pacific, spent eleven years
collecting stories from crewmen who grew to love
and respect this versatile aircraft. The result
was Black Cats and Dumbos; WWII's Fighting PBYs,
published in 1987 by Tab Aero Books.
The book saw two relatively small printings, but
was well received, even inspiring one of the PBY
web sites online today..
Mel Crocker's eldest son, Gary, was encouraged
for several years by PBY veterans and
aircraft enthusiasts to make it available to the
public once again. Gary and his wife, Lynda, have
released it through their multimedia business,
Black Cats and Dumbos
can be purchased online at Amazon.com and
Barnes and Noble as well as other