Consolidated PB2Y-3 'Coronado'


  Base model:PB2Y
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1935-1962
  Basic role:Patrol Bomber

  Length: 79' 3" 24.1 m
  Height:27' 6" 8.3 m
  Wingspan: 115' 35.0 m
  Wingarea: 1,780.0 sq ft 165.3 sq m
  Empty Weight: 40,935 lb 18,564 kg
  Gross Weight: 68,000 lb 30,839 kg

  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-88
  Horsepower (each): 1200

  Range: 1,490 miles 2,399 km
  Cruise Speed: 141 mph 227 km/h 122 kt
  Max Speed: 213 mph 342 km/h 184 kt
  Ceiling: 20,100 ft 6,126 m


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 Bill Chiquelin
 Knoxville, TN
My Dad was William (Bill) Chiquelin. He flew PBY Catalinas, PBM Mariners, and PB2Y Coronados in the war from 1943 to 1946, then flew blimps and WV-2 radome super connies. He was a co-pilot on a seaplane that tested JATO rockets for takeoffs. I noticed that Luann from New Jersey's Dad flew with my Dad (Chiquilin, which should be Chiquelin). Any others? Give me a shout please.
03/12/2011 @ 17:53 [ref: 36804]
 Steve Marineau
 Waukesha, WI

My father, Mark L, Marino was a flight engineer (AMMF 1/C) during WW II on a PB2Y3 from December 44 to September 45 (prior to that he flew a PBM3R). He did his training with the following crew (names as they appear in his log):

Lt Mahoney
Lt. Minson
Lt Com Conley
Lt Hartley
Lt Moore
Lt Becker
Lt Dodd
Lt Quinn
Ens Smith
Lt Hurlbut
Lt Roche
Lt Williams
Lt Ludwig
Lt Rakovich
Lt W. Richardson
Lt DL Black
Lt RS Beckley
Lt Karch

Duty flights (all in the Pacific) with the following crew:

Lt J Selby
Lt RE Harkins
Lt Gibson
Lt TB Quinn
Lt WB Sanders
Lt AP Coha
Lt DL Kuskima

If any of them remember my father, I would be interested to hear from them.
Steve Marineau


09/09/2010 @ 08:28 [ref: 29790]
 David Hertog
Reading some of the names being mentioned and pulled out picture of my Dad(John Hertog) who was a PB2Y piolet. he flew the hospitol ships I believe designated 5H for VR-2.
27 Navy guys in picture(1944?) in front of plane with X69 as its identification with 17 names on back including G Johnston from Staten Island NY and a Michaund from West Orange NJ and a W.I.Sparks from Tucson AZ. He passed away 2 years ago but would like to get any info that is out there on the group he flew with
11/11/2008 @ 18:44 [ref: 23019]
 Richard Carroll
 , AZ
My father was a PB2y-3 nose gunner with Squadron VPB-13. He flew from 43-46. They spent a time around Wake Island and Saipan.
09/23/2008 @ 16:52 [ref: 22723]
 Gordon Johnston
 Taos, NM
My dad was a pilot and flew the PB2Y configured as a hospital plane. He always said that if they went down that all of the patients would drown since they were all in head to toe body casts.Since they were marked with red crosses they did not have any offensive armament.
He actually flew my uncle, also named George johnston, who was a marine that was wounded on Saipan (I think, maybe Iwo Jima), back to the states. He had no idea that his cousin was on the plane until he was watching them off loading the patients, and a body cast called his name.
He also test piloted the JATO exhibition that was pictured in Life magazine at the end of the war. His co-pilot was Al Leslie of Washington State. Dad was from Staten Island, NY.
At the end of the war everyone was hanging around waiting to be discharged, but he still had to have flight time. He loaded up his ground crew and all of their girlfriends (illegally)and went out for a joyride from Alameda.They spotted Lake Tahoe and he decided to land so that they could get some beer. All was great, until they tried to take off, and couldn't. He forgot about the altitude. Apparantly he went from one end of Tahoe to the other three times before they could take off. He says that it was the perspiration that he lost that lightened the load, although it was probably the fuel that he burned off.
My mom was in the WAVES as an Aviation Storekeeper when they met at Alameda. They were married there at the end of the war. My Dad passed away about 8 years ago.
02/10/2008 @ 09:47 [ref: 19633]
 Erial, NJ
My dad flew as a co-pilot and flight engineer during 1942-1946. he still has some of his journal with the names of the pilots he flew with. I am looking for these people to put together some sort of honor to them all especially my father. They are:
BR Smith
R Britt
Wl Sparks
OL Smith

My father also worked on the production of the counter to the zero right now i forget the name. Dad's name is

Richard "Dick" Mackiewicz

Thank you!
12/03/2007 @ 05:43 [ref: 18771]
 Charles Jennings
 Lodi, CA
My dad was assigned to VR-2 from 1942-1945. He didn't talk much about what he did during the war, other than to say that he worked on aircraft ignition systems as AMM1/c. He said that he spent all of the war at NAS Alameda and served as flight engineer on training missions for new pilots out of Pensacola. He's no longer with us and I'm trying to find out more about what he did and the aircraft flown by VR-2. He spent the remainder of his life in the SF Bay Area and passed away in 1998. I haven't been able to find any photos of VR-2 aircraft or activities. I'd love to hear from you if you have any information to share.
04/02/2007 @ 00:17 [ref: 16070]
 robert premil jr
 portage, IN
dear ref. 5450,

i was reading all the great info one the coronado when i saw your note.....my dad was in vr-2. he flew cornados and mariners. he is alive and well. im sure he would be interested in hearing from someone from vr-2. Bob Premil Jr.
03/21/2007 @ 04:52 [ref: 15983]
 James Bliss
 Layton, UT
My father, Elton Gooding Bliss, flew Tail Gunner in a PB2Y-3 from 1942 to 1945. He was also an engine mechanic on the aircraft. He passed away in 2002, but told us lots of stories about his experiences over his lifetime. One of his best friends was a PBY pilot named Johnny Pollak.

Dad said that bouncing around in the tail would make him so motion sick that he threw up a lot.

Elton did his basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training in Chicago and then went to San Diego for specialized training.

He got very good at hitting tow-targets, and trying to shoot close enough to the tow-plane to sever the trailing target. One time they shot a whale, but he wasn't very proud of that.

He spent a lot of time at Kaneohe Bay on Oahu, and flew a lot of missions in the Pacific theater.

Thanks for the nice website. It's fascinating to learn more about WWII and our nation's heroes.

James Bliss

11/20/2006 @ 20:47 [ref: 14798]
 Rich Michaud
 Dover, NH
My dad flew the PB2Y in WWII as well. He passed on over 10 years ago so I do not have a lot of information about the missions he flew but I do remember him telling me about how hard it was to get it off the water and that he had to rock it back and forth to break it free.

I am into RC airplanes and plan on building one in the future. Right now I am doing research on it to get as much details I can.

If any knows where I can get a set of plans that would be great.

I second everyone's comment, this is a cool site.


02/02/2005 @ 15:36 [ref: 9341]


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