Catalina PBY on finals close to Port Ellen, Islay, in the Scottish Western Isles, which acted as refuelling and rest station for air crews after day-long flights.
The Catalina one of the instantly recognisable icons from WW2 performed valiant service for the US forces, RAF, RCAF and the RAAF. Specialising in long range patrol operations the Catalina destroyed no less than 40 U-boats in North Atlantic operations. Also used by all the above forces for search and rescue duties, it�s long endurance - way in excess of 24hrs - was of particular value in the search for lost aircraft or ships crews.
The title is from the Scots song and the crews must have felt the emotion in the lyrics at the end of such sorties.
�Westering Home and a song in the air
Light in the eye and it�s goodbye to care
Laughter o� love and a welcoming there
Isle of my heart and my own one�
Best sung while holding a wee dram of the single malt!!!
August 8th, 2012
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