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U.S. NAVY BASES IN BRAZIL - U.S NAVY BASES

11)USN NAF GALEAO


NAF Galeao was established on 2 December 1942 and shared a portion of the field with the Brazilian Army. It provided support for up to 12 PBY-5A Catalina patrol aircraft. The facility was a favorite of Navy patrol squadrons due to its proximity to Rio de Janeiro. The NAF facilities were disestablished and turned over to the Brazilian Army on 15 November 1944.


These pictures provided by "Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons", show the busy and dynamic US VP 203 Squadron when based at Galeao NAF. One of their aircraft located U- 199 one week before her sinking south of the airbase but the sub´s A/A fire downed the PBM. Only a few debris were found in the ensuing search.



Above, a group of PBM's seen overflying brazilian Navy docks and facilities at Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro. 



The sturdy and cumbersome Mariner seen at Guanabara Bay in low altitude



Above, one Mariner moored at one quay at Galeao airbase Rio de Janeiro.



In the detail one PBM during the long take off run at Guanabara Bay departing from Galeao Airbase.



Map of Naval facilities at the Guanabara Bay Rio de Janeiro



View of the airstrip used by US Navy at Galeao Airbase Rio de Janeiro.



A lone PBM Mariner over Rio having the statue of Christ the Redeemer  at right above



Three PBM's flying low over the entrance of Guanabara Bay having the Sugar Loaf Mountain in the left 



The PBM's take a turn and fly around  the statue of Christ the Redeemer


 

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