Tools of War
Consolidated PBY 5A Canso Catalina
Used mainly for coastal patrol in North America, the Canso (as the Canadian-built version came to be known) was an amphibian plane capable of taking off and landing from both the ground and the water. It was chosen as the replacement for the aging Supermarine Stranraer; the Canso could be armed with a variety of torpedoes, bombs, depth charges, etc., making it an ideal plane for engaging U-boats and submarines. Cansos could carry up to 1,800 kilograms of bombs, and were typically armed with guns in the nose, tail, and in the waist blister – two mid-body pods.