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  PBY-5 Catalina Dutch Serial Number 28-5MNE Y-?? Number 42
Patrol Wing 10
VP 101

Former Assignments
Dutch Navy

Pilot  Lt(jg) John Mott Robertson, O-077570, USNR, NAP (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew  ACO Joseph F. Long, 4003663 USN (MIA / KIA) MA
Crew  AMM1c Zygmunt S. Lewall, 3110189 USN (MIA / KIA) MI
Crew  AMM2c Van L. Shelton, 2716605 USN (MIA / KIA) AL
Crew  RM1c Hans H. Poulsen, 3759022 USN (MIA / KIA) CA
Crew  AOM2c John E. Simpson, 3282751 USN (MIA / KIA) MI
Crew  RM2c Wayne S. Wilson, 3813212 USN (MIA / KIA) AZ
Crew  Vernon Failer, 3364505 USN (MIA / KIA) WA

Crashed  February 24, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated, no Bureau Number purchased by the Dutch Navy prior to Lend-Lease. Exported to the Dutch Navy. Assigned to the Marine-Luchtvaartdienst (MLD) Dutch Navy as Model 28-5MNE Catalina. Assigned an unknown Y number, possibly Y-50.

Wartime History
During the Java campaign, assigned to the US Navy to Patrol Wing 10 (PatWing 10) to squadron VP-101 with number 42 and operated by a U. S. Navy aircrew.

Mission History
On February 24, 1942 took off on a patrol mission. Intercepted by Japanese fighters and shot down over the Makassar Strait. When this Catalina failed to return the crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Likely, this Catalina was shot down by two A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai including Lt. Katsutoshi Kawamata with an F1M2 Pete piloted by NPO 1/c Saburo Takayasu from the Sanuki Maru intercepted a flying boat and claimed it as shot down.

Lou Dorny / The Baltic Group Archive adds:
"From looking at available Dutch records and Tom Womack’s book, I believe it was probably Y-50. Loss data is solid: 24 February, Makassar Strait, NEI, doubtless to Tainan Ku A6Ms. Shores, Bloody Shambles, Vol. 2 / 226 says Tainan Ku Lieut. Katsutoshi Kawamata claimed a flying boat shot down. A Sanuki Maru floatplane flown by NPO 1/c Saburo Takayasu reported downing a twin-engined flying boat 345 miles off Laut Island (SE Borneo) with two fighters. Thus these two attacks may have been on the same aircraft and the position is helpful. #42 may well have been loss to these attacks.

The entire crew was officially declared dead on December 4, 1945. All are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John M. Robertson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph F. Long
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Zygmunt S. Lewall
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Van L. Shelton
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Hans H. Poulsen
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John E. Simpson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Wayne S. Wilson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Vernon Failer
FindAGrave - LtJG John M Robertson (tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - ACOM Joseph F Long (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - AMM1 Zygmunt S Lewall (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - ACMM Van L Shelton (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - AMM2 Hans H Poulsen (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - RM2 John E Simpson (tablets of the missing)
FIndAGrave - AOM2 Wayne S Wilson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - RM2 Lester Vernon Failer (tablets of the missing)
Bloody Shambles, Vol. 2 page 226 states Tainan Ku Lieut. Katsutoshi Kawamata claimed a flying boat shot down
Thanks to Lou Dorny / The Baltic Group Archive for this information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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