Built by Short. Assigned the British designation G-AEUA. Later, assigned to Qantas Airlines. Nicknamed "'Calypso" on both sides of the nose. "Imperial Airways London" on both sides of the fuselage and "G-AEUA" on the rear fusealge.
On September 25, 1939 impressed into service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to 11 Squadron and later 20 Squadron operating from Joyce Bay and Fairfax Harbor off Port Moresby. During 1940, used as part of a RAAF Survey flight operating in New Guinea, along with S23 "Centaurus" A18-10.
During January 1942 this flying boat helped evacuate people from Rabaul. On February 16, 1942 assigned to 33 Squadron.
On August 8, 1942 while aligning to land in heavy seas to rescue survivors of MV Mamutu, a swell stove in the nose and waves swamped this flying boat, causing it to sink. Killed in the crash was Leading Aircraftman George Jarvis Edwards, 25843.
Edwards was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Lae War Cemetery on the Lae Memorial, panel 7.
ADF Serials - S23 A18-11
World War II Nominal Rol -
George Jarvis Edwards
Wrecks & Reefs page 202 (photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Daniel
Leahy for additional information
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October 25, 2012