Consolidated PB2Y Coronado


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Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

The XPB2Y-1 prototype of the Coronado, ordered in 1936, was first flown in December 1937 and delivered to the US Navy in August 1938. After service trials it served for some time as Flagship of Aircraft, Scouting Force, US Navy. The first PB2Y-2 (the production development) went into service in January 1941. The PB2 Y-3 was ordered in quantity in 1941 and remained in production until 1944 as a long-range patrol-bomber flying-boat.

Many Coronado flying-boats were converted into transports under the designation PB2Y-3R, with military equipment removed, nose and tail turret positions faired over and the four 894kW Pratt & Whitney R-1830-88 Twin Wasp engines replaced by R-1830-92. Accommodation in this version was for a crew of five (instead of ten) and 44 passengers; 7,257kg of cargo; or 24 passengers and 3,900kg of cargo. A naval ambulance version of the Coronado was also produced as the PB2Y-5H, accommodating 25 stretchers. A total of 210 PB2Y-3 were built, ten of which were acquired by RAF Transport Command for transatlantic freight carrying.


 ENGINE4 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-88 Twin Wasp, 895kW
  Take-off weight30844 kg68000 lb
  Empty weight18568 kg40936 lb
  Wingspan35.05 m115 ft 0 in
  Length24.16 m79 ft 3 in
  Height8.38 m28 ft 6 in
  Wing area165.36 m21779.92 sq ft
  Max. speed359 km/h223 mph
  Cruise speed227 km/h141 mph
  Ceiling6250 m20500 ft
  Range2205 km1370 miles
  Range w/max.fuel3814 km2370 miles
 ARMAMENT8 x 12.7mm machine-guns, 5443kg of bombs

Consolidated PB2Y CoronadoA three-view drawing (702 x 880)

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Aubi, e-mail, 15.11.2022 06:12

Does anyone remember a pilot at Alameda during the first part of the war by the name of DJ Hostetter? He flew a PB2Y-2 (rear admiral's standby barge) before that a B-25 I believe). I'm also trying to find out how many of that model were made and who the possible rear admirals. None of that part of his record still exists so I cant access any of his flight history.


Anonymous, 07.09.2022 17:08

The Coronado was intended to succeed the Catalina as the US Navy's patrol bomber. If WW-II had not started that is probably what would have happened. However, the Coronado was much larger, more complex and more expensive. The Catalina could do the same job and was cheaper and could be manufactured faster and in much larger numbers. Apart from that, the new Martin Mariner was becoming available as well, which was a twin-engine flying boat that could do everything that the Coronado could do. In addition, Consolidated was building PB4Y patrol bombers for the Navy, which were "navalized" versions of the B-24 Liberator. There simply wasn't enough need for the Coronado, and most of those that were built ended up being converted for use as cargo planes.


Richard Gross, e-mail, 22.04.2016 02:54

Searching for information about a PB2Y crash in the South Pacific on March 16, 1942. A news article appeared in the Oakland Tribune newspaper on May 19, 1942 ("Piedmont Pilot Air Battle Hero")that as a navy machinist Jack Himes (21 age) took over the controls and crash landed into the sea after trying to destroy a Japanese cruiser. Himes and four others of the crew of eleven escaped with their lives. Does anyone have any information of this crash accident. If so, Please contact me - Richard Gross (


Rob Hemingway, e-mail, 21.01.2016 00:51

My dad flew the PB2Y during the war. The raid on Truk Island in the Pacific was the most terrifying raid he said he ever did. He told me he was blessed that he had terrific gunners. He loved that aircraft, though he said he didn't have the best maneuverability it was a great plane.


Tim Jones, e-mail, 15.08.2015 07:36

My father was Richard Weir. I believe he was in VP102 during the war. I have photos of him standing on top of a Coronado near the top turret. He was a Radioman but said on long missions everyone got a chance at the controls. He described missions that sounded a lot like the Wake Island raids. Dick went to work for Convair after the war, and later Lockheed. He passed in 2012. Anybody remember him? Please contact by e-mail -


Sean Hislop, e-mail, 01.07.2015 07:33

My grandfather, Jack Hislop, flew a plane called the Blue Goose. I was wondering if anyone had additional information on any of the crew members or knew their whereabouts? He passed away many years ago and we don't have a tremendous amount of information.

reply, 30.06.2015 02:20

I am restoring an original Doering Bros PB2Y and need pictures of the rear Gunners post from the exterior....anybody have any pics?


Roger (Alyn) Wolf, Jr, e-mail, 27.02.2015 02:53

Chuck Nelson was able to contact me via my prior entry on this site. He called me yesterday, 25FEB15, and told me that he was the co pilot to my dad, Cmdr Roger A Wolf of VP-13 flying out of the Pacific in WW2. What a pleasant surprise that we were united after all these years. I was truly honored to speak with Chuck. I'm sure we will have many more war stories to share.


Chuck Nelson, e-mail, 25.02.2015 20:40

I was a pilot in VPB 13; co-pilot for Roger Wolf and I'd like to get in touch with his son listed above in comments.
Can you get us connected?
Chuck Nelson


Bill Sewell, e-mail, 29.08.2022 Chuck Nelson


I just saw your 2015 post regarding VPB 13. My grandfather was Bill Shaw who also flew with VP 13, later VPB 13 and am looking for information on his wartime activities, if you have any to share.




Hans Porter, e-mail, 08.02.2015 13:47

Hi all, i'm on the look out for Rc plans for this flyinboat also. If you could help me i would love to know! Many thanks..


Bill Shaw, e-mail, 08.01.2015 21:46

My grandfather Bill Shaw was a mechanic and eventually a pilot in VP 13. If you have a picture that might be of him I would love to see it!


Jena Moffitt, e-mail, 30.09.2014 05:11

My father-in-law, Eugene Moffitt was a member of VP-13. I think he was part of Crew 10 or Crew 16. He earned the DFC and the Air Medal with 7 gold stars. I have navy pic of 2 Betty's and 1 sinking ship. I a lot of snap shots of the camp at Ebeye, and many pictures of unidentified men. On photo says Artie,Shaw and Harrison. Does anyone recognize these names? Does anyone have a record of this crew?
Don Kenny if you are still monitoring this site, I'd love to have the record you made of your brother-in-laws service. Eugene died in 2008, but I'd love to give his grandchildren the complete story of his service and heroism. Please respond


Bill Sewell, e-mail, 29.08.2022 Jena Moffitt

My grandfather Bill Shaw was a mechanic and eventually a pilot in VP 13. If you have a picture that might be of him I would love to see it


Russell J. Sheibels, e-mail, 12.10.2013 17:42

MY dad, Russell A. Sheibels flew the PB2Y in the South Pacific at the end of WWII. If you know of anyone that may have a story or two about him, please let me know. For those interested, the PB2Y at the Museum of Naval Aviation not only carried Adm. Nimitz to Tokyo Bay , that is the info I got at the museum , but was also once owned by Howard Hughes.


Monty Grimes, e-mail, 14.01.2013 18:19

I dove on a wreck of one of these just off of Ebeye Island at Kwajalein Atoll. It was only the nose section. It must have come apart on landing or takeoff.


georgie, e-mail, 21.12.2012 01:11

Hya does anyone know what colours and sqn used by the RAF ones, only ones ive seen have 1942 colours of blue gray uppers and light gray lowers, but im sure ive seen a picture of one in RAF coastal markings of gloss white undersurfaces, matt white sides and RAF light aircraft gray uppers can any one comfirm this?


georgietrucker, e-mail, 21.12.2012 01:05

Does any one know what was the SQN marking were on the RAF ones?


Dick Wise, e-mail, 09.11.2012 18:26

I would like to know if the Coronado was based at RCAF Botwood, Newfoundland in May 1944 - does anybody know?


Peter Harvey, e-mail, 14.03.2012 05:24

Im an archaeologist studying the wreck of a PB2Y in Saipan wondering if anyone here can possibly help me with information about PB2Y crashes in Saipan ( Northern Marianas Islands)?


Roger Alyn Wolf, Jr., e-mail, 30.11.2011 05:19

My father, Commander Roger Alyn Wolf, Sr. piloted a Coronado in VP-13 during WW2. His plane was called the Jolly Roger. He was all over the Pacific having participated in the bombing of Wake Island, the Battle of Midway, and operations from the Marshall Islands and Eniwetok Island. I understand that VP-13 Coronados gunned down 5 Jap Betty bombers while operating out of the central Pacific. He also flew the plane that carried Navy Secretary Frank Knox over Pearl Harbor to survey the damage that occurred on that fateful day of 7 DEC 1941. After the war, Dad became a Navy test pilot when he tested the first jets for the Navy. He kept flying for the Navy up until the time of his death in an F9F Panther or Cougar jet on 1 OCT 1955. Would love to communicate with anyone that served with or knew my Dad. I was quite young when he died and my memories of him are quite sketchy.


George F.Nasworthy, CAPT.,USN, e-mail, 04.08.2011 22:45

I was a member of VP-102 which deployed out of Kaneohe though the Central Pacific ending up at Saipan in 1944 before being relieved.It was a comfortable,reliable. Some comment has been made about the inboard engines being equipped with four bladed props. I don't recall that. All engines were equipped with three-bladed props. One of the real pleasures was that the inboard props could be reversed which made making mooring buoys a breeze.


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