Built by Consolidated. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN) to squadron VP-54. No known nickname, nose art or squadron number.
On June 5, 1943 took of from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal on a night search mission. This Catalina suffered one engine failure and made a force landing on the sea and subsequently sank. The entire crew survived and were later rescued.
U. S. Navy Patrol Squadrons VP-54 Mishap - 05 JUN 43
AAIR USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List June 1943 - PBY Catalina 08078
Thanks to Terence Geary and Jim Sawruk for additional information
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January 31, 2018