The Ventura was developed from the Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar transport, as a replacement for the Lockheed Hudsonbombers then in service with the Royal Air Force. Used in daylight attacks against occupied Europe, they proved to have weaknesses and were removed from bomber duty and some used for patrols by Coastal Command.
After United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) monopolization of land-based bombers was removed, the US Navy ordered a revised design which entered service as the PV-2 Harpoon for anti-submarine work.
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Howard Super Ventura
Spartan Air Services
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