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  OA-10A Catalina Serial Number 44-33878  
5th AF
2nd ERS

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2nd ERS Oct 1, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Canadian Vickers at Cartierville in Quebec, Canada as part of contract number CV-328. Built as a PBV-1A Catalina for the US Navy. Instead, delivered to the U. S. Army.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron (2nd ERS). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On October 1, 1944, took off from Middleburg Airfield code named "Daylight One Three" took off piloted by First Lieutenant John R. Dickinson.

Landed in heavy surf roughly one and one half miles southeast of Waigeo Island to rescue a P-38 piloted by Lt. John McGee, 419th Fighter Squadron who ditched due to engine failure.

Landed in heavy surf one half miles off the southeast coast of Waigeo Island in an extremely rough sea to rescue P-38 pilot Lt. John McGee, 419th Fighter Squadron who had ditched previously due to engine failure. During the landing, its hull sustained extensive damage to the hull and rapidly filled with water and the crew had to bail water out of the fuselage to keep it afloat.

At 24:00, a US Navy PT boat arrived at 2400 stood by during the remainder of the long night. The sea increased in fury during the night, and all crew members became sea sick.

On October 2, starting at 0600, the damaged plane was towed 15 miles into a sheltered cove where it was beached and confidential documents and equipment removed. A repair crew was flown back to the stricken ship where temporary repairs were made until at least October 6th before being flown back to Middleburg Airfield.

Afterwards, this OA-10 was fully repaired over a few months and returned to service. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

2nd ERS - Mission Report October 1, 1944
Thanks to Robert Rocker for additional information

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January 31, 2018


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