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  OA-10 Catalina Serial Number 44-33954  
10th Rescue Squadron

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Ted Spencer 1984

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Ted Spencer 2000

Aircraft History
Built by Canadian Vickers. Delivered on a U. S. Navy with Bureau Number 67918. Assigned to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) constructor number CV465.

During 1948, designated a OA-10 Catalina and delivered to the U. S. Army with serial number 44-33954. Assigned to the 10th Rescue Squadron (10th RS). No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
While operating from Elmendorf Air Force Base, this Catalina made an emergency landing on September 30, 1947 due to engine failure south of King Salmon at Dago Lake.

Declared government surplus, it was purchased by the R. S. Richards family and was stripped of parts. The remaining wreckage remained 'in situ' until 1984.

A recovery project conducted by the National Guard with volunteers from the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum salvaged the wreck in 1984 & 1987, lifting it from the crash site by helicopter. Then, transported to Anchorage and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

Displayed at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum on landing gear. Registered with the FAA as N44BY.

Thanks to Ted Spencer for additional information
Note: some references incorrectly list this aircraft as PBY-5A Catalina

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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