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BooksBOOKs: Title: "The Flying, Fighting Weathermen Of Patrol Wing Four" by Paul E. Carrigan (died June 22,2001) ex Chief Aerographer's Mate USN. AKA "The Black Irishman" These three spiral bound volumes contain 868 pages covering World War II as it was fought in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. These are the adventures of a seventeen year old enlisted man as he grows up in the next three years in this very cold corner of hell. The author flew as a Fleet Air Wing Four Aerographer and a qualified combat aircrewman with VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-45, VP-62, VP-131, VP-135, VP-136, and VP-139. The book includes the two day bombing of Dutch Harbor by Japanese carrier planes. The continuous bombing of the Island of Kiska by the most unconventional dive bomber, The PBY Catalina and The Empire Express to Paramushiro. The author accumulated over two thousand flying hours in PBYs, PBY 5 As, PV-1 Venturas and PV-2 Harpoons. The author also served in the USS Casco (AVP-12), USS Hulbert AVD-6, USS Williamson (AVP-15)USS Gillis AVD-12, USS Indianapolis CA-35, USS S-35 S type Submarine (1923), and USS Lexington CV-2 (prior to Aleutian posting). The book is available from the author's brother. And is printed as it was left due to the author's illness and death. Please contact Ralph O. Carrigan Rocarr28@aol.com. [02SEP2002]

UPDATE "..."The Flying, Fighting Weathermen Of Patrol Wing Four" "The Flying, Fighting Weathermen Of Patrol Wing Four" will be available for a limited time FOR FREE from the U.S. Parks Department. The office in Anchorage is in charge of printing and distribution. Janis Kozlowski is the contact person. For further information - please contact me. Ralph O. Carrigan rocarr28@comcast.net..." [03JUL2008]

UPDATE "...My brother, Paul E. Carrigan, returned to NAS Kodiak, Alaska in 1946 as Chief of the Weather Station. He flew with a pilot named Jenkins the day of the tidal wave that took out the Scotch Cape Lighthouse and all of the Coast Guard personnel, April 1, 1946. I do not know what squadron or what equipment that squadron flew. Four dependant families departed NAS Seattle, Washington on January 1, 1946 on The Alaska Steamship Co. ferry to NAS Kodiak, Alaska. Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Jean Carrigan and the wife and baby of the Commander of NAS Kodiak, Alaska were passengers. If any of these people are alive I would dearly love to send them a copy of my brother's book - "The Flying, Fighting Weathermen of Patrol Wing Four". Thanks again and Happy Holidays to all...Ralph O. Carrigan rocarr28@aol.com..." [16DEC2003]

UPDATE "...I have been able to reproduce the CD-R of the book for alot less than the $25.00 each that we now. A CD version is now available for $14.95 (that includes postage). The regular printing cost for the three volume set is still $45.00. Contact Ralph O. Carrigan Rocarr28@aol.com..." [04SEP2003]

UPDATE "...I can now supply The Flying, Fighting Weathermen of Patrol Wing Four on a CD. The cost including postage is $25.00. Contact Ralph O. Carrigan Rocarr28@aol.com..." [03JUL2003]

BooksBOOKs: Title: "Center of the Storm: The Bombing of Dutch Harbor and the Experience of Patrol Wing Four in the Aleutians, Summer 1942" by Jeff Dickrell. Paperback: 126 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 10.75 x 0.25 x 8.25 Publisher: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company; (April 1, 2002) ISBN: 1575100924. [29MAR2001]

BooksBOOKs: Title: "PBY: The Catalina Flying Boat" by Creed, Roscoe. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1986. 351 pp. This definitive study, first published in 1985, pulls together in a single volume all of the aircraft's fascinating facts. The author carefully analyzes the PBY's dual use in the war as a plane of mercy and as a bomber, and he chronicles the flying boat's contributions in peacetime. Squadrons mentioned include: VP-2, VP-5, VP-6, VP-7, VP-9, VP-10, VP-11, VP-12, VP-14, VP-21, VP-22, VP-23, VP-24, VP-31, VP-32, VP-33, VP-34, VP-41, VP-42, VP-43, VP-44, VP-45, VP-51, VP-52, VP-54, VP-61, VP-62, VP-63, VP-71, VP-72, VP-73, VP-74, VP-81, VP-83, VP-84, VP-101, VP-102, FAW-3, FAW-4, FAW-5, FAW-7, FAW-9, FAW-15, FAW-16, FAW-17, CPW-1, CPW-2, CPW-3, CPW-4, CPW-5, CPW-7, CPW-8, and CPW-10. [29MAR2001]

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