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Historic Pearl Harbor PBY Catalinas to fly again for 75th anniversary of the end of World War II

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Video by Cindy Ellen Russell
Before and after Dec. 7, 1941, the frequent appearance of big PBY Catalina flying boats skimming the wavetops in Pearl Harbor and Kaneohe Bay would have been an eye-catching sight.
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                                A PBY-5A Catalina aircraft called “Princess of the Stars” is on Oahu to partake in the 75th anniversary end of World War II. The seaplane once provided long-range reconnaissance and sunk a Nazi submarine off of Iceland.
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A PBY-5A Catalina aircraft called “Princess of the Stars” is on Oahu to partake in the 75th anniversary end of World War II. The seaplane once provided long-range reconnaissance and sunk a Nazi submarine off of Iceland.

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                                Air Station personnel moved a damaged PBY Catalina away from burning hangars at Kaneohe Naval Air Station on Dec. 7, 1941.
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Air Station personnel moved a damaged PBY Catalina away from burning hangars at Kaneohe Naval Air Station on Dec. 7, 1941.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Pilot Fred Owen inside the waist gunner’s compartment of the PBY-5A Catalina called “Princess of the Stars.” The area is where .50-caliber machine guns were housed at the side window blisters.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Pilot Fred Owen inside the waist gunner’s compartment of the PBY-5A Catalina called “Princess of the Stars.” The area is where .50-caliber machine guns were housed at the side window blisters.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A PBY-5A Catalina aircraft called “Princess of the Stars” is on Oahu to partake in the 75th anniversary end of World War II. The seaplane once provided long-range reconnaissance and sunk a Nazi submarine off of Iceland.
U.S. NAVY
                                Air Station personnel moved a damaged PBY Catalina away from burning hangars at Kaneohe Naval Air Station on Dec. 7, 1941.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Pilot Fred Owen inside the waist gunner’s compartment of the PBY-5A Catalina called “Princess of the Stars.” The area is where .50-caliber machine guns were housed at the side window blisters.