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Historical : US Navy Last Updated: Aug 21st, 2020 - 13:06:35

US Navy PB4Y Privateer ‘X390’
By Site Editor
Feb 13, 2017, 16:06

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These three photos of US Navy PB4Y Privateer X390 named “Umbriago” were taken by Eric Fietz, an LAC with the RAAF during World War 2.

From the Eric Fietz collection

From the Eric Fietz collection

From the Eric Fietz collection

Bill Tate writes. VPB-106 was reorganized on July 14, 1944, at NAS San Diego. Some of the aircraft had nose art applied there as well as in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. By February 13, 1945, it had finally reached the war zone and Tinian Island. Equipped with fifteen aircraft, the squadron became Tinian’s second PB4Y-2 Privateer unit. In April 1945, the squadron began sending detachments to Iwo Jima in order to patrol the Japanese home waters and to support the Okinawa invasion.

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