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Must be the new British plan for stealthily hunting U-boats while conserving fuel and extending mission time....
That's not my preference in boat when wanting to ride out a storm. Come to think of it, I'd far prefer the cabin (below).
Most Catalinas and Cansos (RCAF designation) were pure flying boats, the amphibious -5A and 6A were built later in the war. The RAF and RCAF flew them out of harbours in Scotland, Newfoundland and Iceland, this one appears to be moored somewhere in the North Atlantic. I believe the black spot in front of the bow is a mooring buoy. Al_in_Ottawa
PBY-5 and PBY-5A's went into production as early as 1939-40. They were at both Perl Harbor and Midway. That is a mid production PBY-5A (Nose turret) in RAF Costal Command "green on grey" paint. Unlike the B-17 "B"'s and "C"'s we gave to costal command they got the best of the PBY's as they were flown by US Navy crews until sometime in 1941 (US Navy crews flew the PBY-5's that tracked the Bismark(spell?)--Ray