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HELP US BRING A PBY HOME TO
NAVAL AIR STATION PEARL HARBOR!

HELP US BRING A PBY HOME TO NAVAL AIR STATION PEARL HARBOR!

One of the true icons of our aviation Museum is missing – we do not have a PBY Catalina Flying Boat in our collection, which is vital to tell the Ford Island battlefield story!

One of the true icons of our aviation Museum is missing – we do not have a PBY Catalina Flying Boat in our collection, which is vital to tell the Ford Island battlefield story!

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When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, their main targets were battleships and aircraft carriers. However, Ford Island was also a key target because of the big PBY Catalina flying boats which could be used as long-range reconnaissance aircraft to find the Japanese fleet.

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We have found a WWII-era Navy PBY Catalina flying boat that the Naval History and Heritage Command has offered to loan us for our collection, but we have a challenge, we have to move the plane quickly to Hawaii.

Currently the PBY is in Pensacola, Florida, where it was slated for restoration. Exposure to the elements, heat, humidity, and the threat of hurricanes, could further harm this rare plane.

Shipping this plane to Hawaii is going to cost $200,000.
Please support our efforts with a special year-end tax-deductible contribution!

YOUR GIFT WILL HELP HONOR PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR JACK HOLDER

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One of our great joys at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is when we can connect the past with the present. We are fortunate to have among our ranks WWII veteran Jack Holder, one of this Naval Air Station’s PBY squadron members who endured the horrors of the attack on Pearl Harbor and participated in the Battle of Midway, a battle that turned the tides of war.

Jack will turn 101 years of age on December 13, 2022, yet the horror of the attack on Pearl Harbor remains a vivid memory.

I knew I was in the middle of the beginning of something that would change the world and my life.

Jack Holder
Pearl Harbor Survivor

With your support, we can bring a PBY back to Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor and ensure that Jack will again sit in the PBY cockpit on this historic Pearl Harbor aviation battlefield.


Jack Holder
PBY Flight Engineer
Pearl Harbor Survivor


Elissa Lines
Executive Director
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

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P.S. For all those who contribute $100 or more, we will send you a signed copy of Jack’s book chronicling his wartime experiences with our sincere thanks for your generous support (while supplies last). Donations of $50 or more will also receive a limited-edition PBY patch.

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P.S. For all those who contribute $100 or more, we will send you a signed copy of Jack’s book chronicling his wartime experiences with our sincere thanks for your generous support (while supplies last). Donations of $50 or more will also receive a limited-edition PBY patch.

 

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