COLLISION OF TWO CATALINAS
AT CAIRNS, QLD
ON 19 FEBRUARY 1944

 

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Catalina

 

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A Catalina at Mackay Airport - 1961

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A Catalina at Mackay airport - 1961

 

RAAF PBY-5 Catalina, A24-33 (original Serial No. USN  08159) was preparing to alight at Cairns after a test flight when it was hit by RAAF PBY-5 Catalina A24-38 (original Serial No. USN 08203) which was taxiing at the time. The port float on A24-33 was torn off and left wedged in the mainplane of A24-38.

 

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Catalina A24-33 - The port float is missing after the collision with A24-38 on 19 February 1944

 

A24-33 had originally been delivered to the RAAF in January 1943 and A24-38 in February 1943.

 

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