CRAWLEY US NAVY SEAPLANE BASE
ALSO KNOWN AS PELICAN POINT
ADVANCE BASE "A" FOR ABLE
IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

The US Navy had a Seaplane Base at Crawley at Perth in Western Australia during World War 2. It was known as Pelican Point Advance Base "A" for "Able".

QANTAS also used five RAF-supplied PBY-5 Catalinas at the Crawley Sea Base. Four of these Catalinas were sunk in the ocean just off Perth when the war finished.

The Australian American Catalina Memorial Foundation were seeking approval in early 2000 to establish a WA Catalina Memorial display at Crawley. Apparently both the Western Australian and the Australian Federal Governments had promised funds towards this project. A Catalina is being restored in Texas, USA to be flown across to Australia for display in the possible Catalina Memorial display.

The following were the US Navy Flying Boat bases in Western Australia during WWII. There was no Advance Base "C":-

Advance Base "A" (Able), Pelican Point, Perth
Advance Base "B" (Baker), Geraldton
Advance Base "D" (Dog), Bay of Rest, Exmouth Gulf
Advance Base "E" (Easy), Heron Haven

 

Units BASED AT PELICAN POINT

PW 10 CRAWLEY 00.04.42 00.08.44

 

Squadrons

VS 6 CRAWLEY 01.04.42 00.08.44 Consolidated PBY Catalina
VP 11 CRAWLEY     Consolidated PBY Catalina
VP 21 CRAWLEY 01.04.42 00.08.44 Consolidated PBY Catalina
VP 22 CRAWLEY 00.04.42 00.08.44 Consolidated PBY Catalina
VP 33 CRAWLEY 01.10.43 01.01.44 Consolidated PBY Catalina
VP 34 CRAWLEY 01.09.44 01.01.44 Consolidated PBY Catalina
VP 52 CRAWLEY 01.08.43 01.11.43 Consolidated PBY Catalina
VP 101 CRAWLEY 01.03.42 00.08.44 Consolidated PBY Catalina
VP 102 CRAWLEY 01.03.42 00.08.44 Consolidated PBY Catalina

 

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Crawley US Navy Seaplane Base

 

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