National Geographic : 1942 Jan
Official Photograph U.S.Navy Shiny New Catalinas, Built in San Diego, Fly over That City on Their Maiden Voyages Scores of Consolidated flying boats skim over the Atlantic and Pacific, on patrol duty with the United States Navy. Others, bought bytheAllies, areonduty overseas. One Catalina, with a British crew, sighted the Bismarck, attempting to escape after sinking H.M .S . Hood. The patrol boat radioed theship's position to attacking forces, which closed in and destroyed the German. Consolidated Aircraft plant can be seen over theleader's tail, upper formation.