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Above an Angry Sea: United States B-24 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer Operations in the Pacific (October 1944 to August 1945)
by Alan C. Carey   

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Books by Alan C. Carey
· U.S. Navy PB4Y-1 (B-24) Liberator Squadrons in Great Britain
· Consolidated-Vultee PB4Y-2 Privateer
· The Reluctant Raiders
· We Flew Alone: United States Navy B-24 Squadrons in the Pacific (February 1943-September 1944)
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Publisher:  Schiffer Publishing Ltd. ISBN-10:  0764312863 Type: 


Copyright:  Mar 31 2001

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Pacific-Based PB4Y Squadrons
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This is the story of the men who served and sometimes died while flying with United States Liberator and Privateer squadrons during World War II.

Above an Angry Sea chronicles USN B-24 Liberator (PB4Y-1) and PB4Y-2 Privateer operations in the Pacific. The author's previous book, We Flew Alone, discussed the Navy's use of the B-24 Liberator from February 1943 to September 1944. He now examines in dramatic detail the use of the B-24 and PB4Y-2 during the last eleven months of the war against Japan. The author has collected personal stories, over 200 photographs, a tabulation of all aerial kills credited to PB4Y patrol plane commanders, a roster of all personnel killed in action or in the line of duty, individual squadron records, and a list of all known B-24 Liberators and PB4Y-2 Privateers assigned to the Pacific between 1943 and 1945.  Excerpt
"As I was running out of airspeed and preferred not to ram the target, I pushed hard up on the elevators and we dropped fast. As soon as we gained

back enough airspeed, maximum ailerons was applied to role left on a course to pursue the enemy losing a 1,000 feet or so below the Emily we were also now several miles behind.

I got right down to the water in hopes that they would not see that I was pursuing and perhaps I would have less head wind that way. Knowing that the big seaplane was faster, I wanted every advantage possible. Our engines were howling but it appeared that we were gaining very little or perhaps none at all. The top turret gunner said that one engine on the Emily was throwing smoke but no other damage was apparent.

After 20 minutes, my co-pilot asked how far I intended to chase the enemy

aircraft. I allegedly replied, all the way to Tokyo if necessary. His question jarred me into the realization that we had run our engines at full

power for a considerable period. We were a long way from home and it came down to breaking off the chase or knowing we faced the distinct possibility of a night ditching. It was with a very heavy heart that I pulled the power to maximum range cruise and headed for home.

Professional Reviews

Captures the Stories of the Men and their Aircraft!
May 19, 2001 Reviewer: the hoosierhotshot from Chino Hills, CA USA

Alan Carey has followed up his earlier book (We Flew Alone)and if possible he has surpassed himself with this second volume. I must admit to being a bit prejudiced since I was one of those Navy men who served in the old B-24 that the Navy called the PB4Y1. Prior to these books, the story has only been reported occasionally and not always accurately. These two books by Alan Carey are exceptionally well done.
As one who was there during much of the time that he describes I can testify to the accuracy of his book. He has accurately captured the feelings, the fears, the loneliness, the pride of the men who performed these missions. Almost always a single airplane at the maximum range of the aircraft and over "an angry sea" that was a final resting place for too many brave men.
For anyone who is interested in this phase of the war in the Pacific, these two books are absolutely essential. There are many fine photographs, including many combat action shots and many of the stories are in the actual words of the men who performed so gallantly.

Thank you, Alan Carey and God bless America.

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Reader Reviews for "Above an Angry Sea: United States B-24 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer Operations in the Pacific (October 1944 to August 1945)"

Reviewed by Victoria Murray 10/18/2001
Very well thought-out and executed story--making this book a must read in my opinion!
Victoria Taylor Murray
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