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by Donald H. Sweet
DoGo Publishing  2000
Spiral Bound
300 pages
Index, photos
ISBN: 0967988985
Cover Price: $23
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Language: English

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The Forgotten Heroes
The Story of Rescue Squadron VH-3 in WWII

This book is a detailed account of US Navy Rescue Squadron VH-3, that flew the PBM Mariner Flying Boat in the Pacific.  The book explores both the history of the unit and the PBM they flew.

Written by Donald Sweet, himself a veteran of PBS 21 in the Pacific. The book begins with an introduction, and proceeds to the squadron's deployment to Kerama Retto and island near Okinawa to support the upcoming operation there.   The PBM was unique during the Okinawa assault - it was the only plane capable of flying to the battle area, as the distance was too great for land-based planes in the Marianas.

Every aircrew had a special affection for the planes they flew, and the PBM was no exception.  The book recounts amazing stories of survival of how the flying boat was able to land in the roughest of seas and survive miraculous incidents. The book describes their campaign day by day.

Another section of the book lists each Air-Sea rescue preformed by the unit, including many details about each pilot rescued  and details of the incident. The final section includes many photos from VH-3 and supplemental information. For anyone interested Pacific rescue operations and details about the PBM, this book is highly recommenced.

Review by Justin Taylan  

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