U.S. Navy Squadron deploys from San Diego, California, in its PBY-4 Catalina flying boats.
San Diego California USA Date:1939 Duration:1 min 9 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Flight crew members of U.S. Navy Squadron VP-1 (later changed to VP-21) sit in front of a Squadron PBY-4 for group photo before departing on a deployment (likely to Pearl Harbor).
They disperse. Sailors are seen kissing their wives and girl friends goodbye. The Squadron aircraft is pushed down a seaplane ramp and departs, followed by others, one at a time. Friends and family wave as they depart. Aircraft numbers seen include 1-P-4; 1-P-6; and 1-P-10. A huge warship is seen behind the departing PBYs in several concluding scenes. The Squadron PBYs all display the insignia of a white elephant standing on a cloud holding a bomb with its trunk. The PBY-4 aircraft are distinguished by propeller spinners and flat hatches on their sides. The location appears to be North Island NAS, at San Diego.
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