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|Pilot LtLt. Jarloth J. “Jiggs” Lyons (survived)
Crew AP1c Roy H. “Robbie” Robinson (survived)
Crashed March 24, 1943
Built by Consolidated. Delivered to the United States Navy (USN). During late November 1942 assigned to patrol squadron VP-44 with squadron code 14-P-8. No known nickname, nose art or squadron number.
On December 26, 1942 took off from NAS Kaneohe Bay on a flight across the Pacific flying first to Palmyra Airfield and departing the next day for Canton Airfield then to Fiji and New Caledonia before arriving at Luganville Seaplane Base.
On January 11, 1943 took off from Luganville Seaplane Base piloted by Lt. George Hanthorn on a twelve hour patrol mission.
On February 5, 1943 took off from Luganville Seaplane Base piloted by Lt. (jg). W.E. Roy on a 9 hour patrol.
On March 12 1943 took off from Luganville Seaplane Base piloted by Lt. George W. Hanthorn on a 10.5 hour patrol.
On March 16, 1943 took off from Halavo Bay Sepalane Base piloted Lt. Norris of VP-24 on a search mission for a life raft but no sighting was made.
On March 21, 1943 took off from Halavo Bay Sepalane Base piloted Lt. Lyons on a search for a B-17F Flying Fortress from the 5th Bombardment Group.
Aligning for an emergency landing, the left wing float hit the water violently causing the Catalina to cart wheel and the left wing to break off, and the rest of the aircraft to swing around causing the right wing to break off before sinking at 12:30pm into Gavutu Harbor to the south of Gavutu Island atop an unnamed coral reef. The entire crew survived the crash unhurt and exited the aircraft.
At some point during 1944 or 1945 the remaining wreckage was towed out to sea and dumped into Gavutu Harbor. The center section settled onto the sea floor.
On November 4, 2011, the MBES survey of Gavutu Harbor by Archaehistoria / HMNZS Resolution (A14) under the command of Lt. Cdr. Matt Wray, RNZN, revealed a large sonar image of an aircraft-like target. On November 9, 2011, Ewan Stevenson and Neil Yates / Dive Tulagi inspected the site.
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