20 JULY 1942
FORCE LANDING OF A CATALINA

NEAR PALM ISLAND, QLD

 

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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

 

On 20 July 1942, RAAF Catalina A24-27 piloted by Tubby Higgins, made a force landing near Palm Island while ferrying wounded troops from Horn Island. Although sea conditions were rough, the Catalina was successfully towed to Palm Island.

The aircraft was not seriously damaged, as it was on another search mission around the Cairns and Horn Island area on 22 July 1942.

 

REFERENCE BOOK

Riddell, Jack, "Catalina Squadrons - First and Furthest - Recounting the Operations of RAAF Catalinas - May 1941 to March 1943"

Pentland, Geoffrey & Malone, Peter, "Aircraft of the RAAF 1921- 71"

Gaunt, Coral & Cleworth, Robert, "Cats at War - The Story of RAAF Catalinas in the Asia- Pacific Theatre of War", J.R. Cleworth (2000)

 

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