Portending bad luck for the Japanese, dark-painted Navy Consolidated Catalinas now prowl the night skies of the Pacific on search and bombing missions - thus keeping the enemy from his needed sleep. Known as "Black Cats," there are a number of these Catalina squadrons on duty in the Pacific. Shown here, men of the Black Cat squadron loll around in the shade provide by the black wing of a PBY night-prowler, waiting for orders.
Naval Subjects Collection
Naval History and Heritage Command