FORCED LANDING AT SEA
OF A PBY-5 CATALINA
AT ROTTNEST ISLAND, NEAR PERTH, WA
ON 19 APRIL 1942

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On 19 April 1942, US Navy PBY-5 Catalina, BUNO #2455, made a forced landing on Rottnest Island due to fuel exhaustion. The aircraft hit power lines and several small trees before coming to a stop in about 4 to 18 inches of swamp water.

Repairable damage was reported as:-    Outer panel port wing damaged, tore both wing tip floats.

The crew were uninjured as follows:-

Pilot Ens William C. Roper, AV-N USNR
Ens R. L. Eittnger, USNR
CAP R. E. Walker
AMM2c C. L. Conley
AMM1c W. M. Mahoney
ARM1c J. Rizza
ARM2c I. S. Berdahl
AMM3c H. M. Davis, Jr.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Terence Geary and Greg Shea for their assistance with this web page.

 

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