A most unique squadron, VPB-71 deployed as a patrol aircraft unit throughout its US Navy service years. It was assigned such diversified tasks as convoy escort, search and rescue, and submarine hunting. Another creative solution was to deploy these aircraft to fly far out to sea, land in strategic waterways the enemy was known to travel through, and lay mines.
Did you know, after the sinking of the heavy cruiser Indianapolis, a flying patrol boat was used as a lifeboat? This was done to shield the surviving sailors from exposure to the sun, weather, and even shark attacks.
The Patrol Boat VPB-71 squadron patch sports a black cat handling a smoking pistol in his right paw, possibly signifying having already tasted actual combat by firing shots in anger. The right paw is ready to do the same, at the ready, to be drawn up in a mere second, brought to bear upon the enemy, and destroy intended targets. The smoking cigar means male manliness, and the navy cracker jack cap signifies belonging to the U.S. Navy.
- Men's T-Shirt
- Constructed from 100% ring spun combed cotton for super soft feel.
- 4.3-ounce, the perfect weight t-shirt. You'll want to wear this t-shirt everywhere.
- Machine wash cold, inside out, with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low. Do not iron decoration. Do not dry clean.