- Our PBY
- The PV-Battle Cry
- We Live On
- High Flight
You know we couldn't do without
Any unit of our fleet
For, lacking it, there is no doubt
We would be incomplete.
So, as you read this verse of mine
Don't think it is my aim
In praising the plane I think so fine
To try to put others to shame.
The plane I wish to speak of here
Has earned its right to fly.
You know of it, I have no fear -
'Tis the lumbering PBY.
They've cast shadows on many an ocean,
And landed in many a bay.
They're around when there's commotion
Any hour -- night or day.
And there's many a water soaked pilot,
And sailor in a raft
Who's thanked God for his deliverance
Of this seemingly heaven-sent craft,
They've chalked up quite a battle score,
And earned their share of praise.
And day by day go out for more
In their numerous useful ways.
They've taken their share of our fighting men
As they went down in defeat.
But they're always back with the will to win
When the enemy they meet.
You've heard them called by a different name
Depending on their use.
At night the "Black Cat" won its fame
In the daytime 'twas "blue Goose".
So when we speak of deeds well done
By our prowlers of the sky,
Let's not forget a certain one -
That grand old PBY.
Poem by Ken Bynum, May 19, 1945 (CARM VPB-52)
The PV-Battle Cry
I'm just another joker,
that's gotta fly a Yoker.
I'll never be a hero,
or shoot down any zeroes.
Ya' can't have any pride,
if ya' fly a PBY.
Now the ones y'oughta see,
always fly a hot P-V.
Their engines never (?) clamor,
ya' can't beat them for glamour.
They look at us and cry,
"Where's yer crummy PBY?"
But, let an engine pull a "smoker",
and they'll holler, "Send a Yoker",
The Yokers have no zip.
But the P-V! It's a pip.
The boys that get the DFC,
always ride a new P-V.
But, before they'll get to wear it,
everytime, yes, I'll swear it.
They'll call for the joker
that has to push the Yoker.
'Cuz, when Tojo gets to shootin',
and the P-Vs get to scootin',
And one engine starts to split,
to the radio they'll flit,
Screamin', "Send a Yoker"
There ain't no use of lyin',
'cuz when it comes to flyin'
The Ventura has the stuff
and the P-Boat's just too rough.
But, when it comes to livin',
and we ain't just a-fibbin',
Everyone has got the
to their base to be
But, the flak has made
and it's blowin' in the cold.
"Did that starboard engine miss?"
you can hear the pilot hiss.
All the faces then turn gray,
and in unison they'll say....
"SEND A YOKER!"
Written especially for Jim Moorehead by J.J. Lynch; alias, J. Oker (Dec., 1944 or Jan., 1945)(Flying the EMPIRE EXPRESS to Paramushiro) This poem was submitted by Charles "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (VPB-136). It reflects the friendly bantering and needling found between different types of aircraft crews. "Fitz" was a Navy pilot flying P-Vs with Jim Moorehead as his Patrol Plane Commander. Before flying with Moorehead, he and Jim Lynch flew PBYs until they were transferred to San Diego. There they were separated when Fitz went to FAW 4 (VPB-136, Whidby Island) and began flying P-Vs. Jim Lynch went to Headquarters Squadron on Attu, in the Aleutians, where he continued to fly PBYs. They were reunited in the Aleutians. Fitz said the following: "If my memory serves me correctly, Jim Moorehead always got in the last word. Thus to settle the matter, Jim Lynch wrote his poem dedicating it to Jim Moorehead."
(Editor's note: There has always been a friendly competition between the fighter and bomber crews and the PBY crews about which aircraft was the best. However, it has been made clear to me, by all combat aircraft crews, that when they were in the water, waiting for rescue, the only aircraft engines they wanted to was that of a PBY, and, the only aircraft they wanted to in the sky was a PBY. At that time, there was no question, in anyone's mind, as to what aircraft was the best and most important.)
May 18, 1943
To the tune "Sweetheart's of Strangers"
My sweeheart's blues will change her,
For no one else but me.
Don't you weep don't you moan,
For I'll soon be coming home.
I'm hurrying over this deep blue sea.
Tho we are miles apart,
You're always in my heart.
Sweetheart, that's why you think of me.
This life is lonely,
Those fears you can't hide
But when this is over
You'll fill my heart with pride.
Lt(jg) L.H. (Snuffy) Wagoner USN
Bombing Squadron 101
We Live On
"We Live On"
Oh! It was early; So very, very early in the morn.
I heard those engines roar,
As I dashed through the door.
To live on
Then I see her there,
The queen of the air.
Without a single care,
Waiting to live on, live on.
As upward we scream
To a battle it does seem
Or better as a dream
We'll live on.
Now we are so high
That we're frozen in the sky
Can't stop to wonder why.
Just live on.
There they are so bold
That it makes our blood run cold
Now we've got what they have sold
And lived on.
So back to earth we gassed
Things have happened very fast
And we'll fly them to the last
So that America will live on and on and on...
Ensign L. H. (Snuffy) Wagoner
Patrol Squadron 51
"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds -
and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of -
wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along
and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
"Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God."
High Flight was composed by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr., an American serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was born in Shanghai, China in 1922, the son of missionary parents, Reverend and Mrs. John Gillespie Magee; his father was an American and his mother was originally a British citizen.
He came to the U.S. in 1939 and earned a scholarship to Yale, but in September 1940 he enlisted in the RCAF and was graduated as a pilot. He was sent to England for combat duty in July 1941.
In August or September 1941, Pilot Officer Magee composed High Flight and sent a copy to his parents. Several months later, on December 11, 1941 his Spitfire collided with another plane over England and Magee, only 19 years of age, crashed to his death.
His remains are buried in the churchyard cemetery at Scopwick, Lincolnshire.