Osprey's examination of the PV Ventura/Harpoon Units and of their participation in World War II (1939-1945). A development of the successful Lockheed 'medium twins' of the late 1930s, the PV Ventura/Harpoon family of patrol bombers saw widespread service with both the US Navy/Marine Corps and the TAF and Commonwealth from October 1942 onwards. The USAAF also used surplus Venturas originally ordered by the RAF, designated B-34 Lexingtons, in the bomber training and coastal patrol roles. The final variant in this family was the larger PV-2 Harpoon, which was built to a US Navy requirement from March 1944 onwards. Used primarily in the Pacific, 470 Harpoons saw frontline service on anti-shipping and submarine patrols through to VJ-Day. This book covers each of these variants in complete illustrated detail.
About the Author
Based in Round Rock, Texas, Alan C Carey has worked as a freelance aviation author since 1999. A former member of the US Marine Corps Reserve and Army Reserve, he graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a graduate degree in public administration and an undergraduate degree in history. Since 1997, Alan has taught social studies, reading and behavioral courses in the Georgetown, Texas, public school system. The publication of this volume on the Ventura and Harpoon follows previous aviation works by the author on the PB4Y-1 Liberator, PB4Y-2 Privateer and the PBJ/B-25 Mitchell for Schiffer Publishing Ltd. This is his first book for Osprey.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While one of the better bombers of World War II derived from a commercial design, the issue that this booklet best illustrates is the dubiousness of operating the Ventura as a day medium bomber in Europe, as the RAF attempted to do; gaining heavy losses for their trouble. Squadrons of assorted air arms equipped with this machine had rather more success in the Pacific theater of the war in the intruder and patrol roles, most spectacularly with the so-called "Empire Express" missions flown by the USN to Japanese waters from Alaska. The impression Carey leaves me with of the "improved" Harpoon is that it was a stretch too far of the basic Lockheed design.