On 1 June 1945, Lieutenant Commander H. F. Mears and crew were shot down over Singapore by enemy fighters. Mears was leading a two-plane section to obtain vitally important reconnaissance photos of the shipping in Singapore Harbor. For his sacrifice Lieutenant Commander Mears was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Below A PB4Y-2 Privateer flown by Lieutenant Commander "Pappy" Mears from VPB-106 over Singapore during a reconnaissance mission on 1 June 1945. The airfield under the tail of the plane is Tebrau in southern Malaya. In the background the Strait of Johor and the island of Singapore can be seen. The photos were taken by the crew of a PB4Y-1 flown by Lieutenant (jg) Heyler from VPB-111.
Another wonderful set of pictures from you. They serve as a wonderful tribute to Lt Cmdr Mears and crew - forgotten by all but family - until you bring their sacrifice back with these pictures May they all rest in peace.
Mark, thank you for the post. The pictures and the text combined....it was like I was watching a movie or flipping through a book as I scrolled down to each new shot. It told the story. Another reminder of the war and how horrible it really was.
Were these from your own collection? Really great to see them all preserved like that, telling the story.
Part of my collection- I purchased a rear turret hydraulic panel. I don't know if it is for a PB4Y-1 or -2, but it is definitely USN. The hydraulics sold, but I still have the fuselage skin. I wonder which one it came from?