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  PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 08377  

Pilot  Lt(jg) K. L. Marlin (survived)
Crew  Lt(jg) R. G. Courter (WIA, survived)
Crew  AMM1c Keith Brunell Force, USNR (survived)

Crashed  January 5, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 08377. Assigned to VP-14. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On January 5, 1944 during heavy seas with 6'-8' swells and 15-17 knot winds, this PBY attempted to take off near Antarara Island off the southwest corner of Bougainville on a reconnaissance mission.

During take off, the PBY plunged into a swell that temporarily submerged the bow and cockpit. The PBY then emerged and smashed into a second swell, causing the bow into the air, then crashed down into a third swell, that caused the PBY to bounce into the air at 45 knots, not sufficient speed to remain airborne, and it fell back into the sea, striking a swell on the starboard side and causing a right skid. The pilots attempted to recover, but settled into the sea, with the port wing tip and float to sheer off, and the PBY rotated, then the starboard wingtip and float were sheered off. Damaged, the Catalina was abandoned. The loss was deemed to be cause by either unusual sea conditions or faulty pilot technique, or both.

Fates of the Crew
The entire crew was rescued and returned to duty.

Claim for cash reimbursement for personal property lost by Military Personnel in a Marine or Aircraft disaster or due to operations of War –  Kieth Brunell Force, AMM1c via Josh Leasure
USN Accident Report via AAIR (Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research) - USN Accident Report
AAIR Overseas Aircraft Loss List January 1944 PBY Catalina 08377 lists loss location as Shortlands
Thanks to Josh Leasure for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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