"Rescue Cat"
Consolidated OA-10A (Navy PBY) Catalina

No one knows exactly how many men were rescued in combat by the Consolidated PBY Catalina’s. The numbers are thought to be in the thousands. The first PBY flew in 1936 and stayed in production until 1945. The USAAF received 75 ex-US Navy PBY’s for the search and rescue role. These were designated OA-10’s. An example of this aircraft is pictured in this painting flying over the Pacific in the late 1940’s.