The United States entered a lend-lease agreement to supply the Soviet Union with a modified version of the PBY Catalina, a seaplane with a primary mission of bombing submarines. More than 300 Soviet pilots trained over 18 months in 1944 and 1945 at the Elizabeth City Coast Guard base. “It was an experiment that went very well.”The locals, the American aviators and the Russians formed a strong bond while they were here, he said. One possibility is in photographs at the time, the Russian Navy wore black uniforms and the American Navy wore white uniforms, Pendergraft said. The Museum of the Albemarle honored those killed in the crash at a ceremony on Jan. 11 in Elizabeth City.
Source: Washington Post January 18, 2020 14:03 UTC