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  PBY-5A Catalina Serial Number A24-104  
RAAF
11 Squadron
113th ASRF
111th ASRF
8th Communication Unit

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Constructors Number 1959. US Navy Bureau Number 46594. Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Catalina serial number A24-104.

On March 12, 1944 assigned to 8th Communication Unit. On February 20, 1945 assigned to 111th Air Sea Rescue Flight (111 ASR) and operated from Madang Seaplane Base in Madang Harbor.

On April 27, 1945 took off from Madang Seaplane Base piloted by F/Lt. Cuthbertson (C. O. 111 ASR (Number 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight) with Flying Officer John Heness on a search mission to rescue an American crew. This Catalina landed at Nightingale Bay east of Wewak and rescued Ivan F. Brooks pilot of A-20G Havoc 43-21390 who had reached the shore and was rescued in his dingy and transported to Madang Harbor.

On June 18, 1945 assigned to 113th Air Sea Rescue Flight (113th ASR) with tail code NR-H

Postwar
Assigned to 11th Squadron on July 15, 1948. Used by ARDU with JATO units for trials during 1948.

Assigned to Rathmines July 7, 1950. On April 1, 1953 became P-220 NEI MLD on February 19, 1954. Stricken from charge on August 21, 1956.

PBV-1A Canso CV369 purchased by the RAAF was restored in the markings of this Catalina.

References
NAA Number 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight - April 27, 1945 "Aircraft A24-104 (F/Lt. Cuthbertson) proceeded on Air Sea Rescue search to Nightengale Bay to endeavour to locate crew of U. S. Air Force Boston. Mission was sucessful and one survivor was rescued."
WW2 Nominal Roll - Allan Darling Cuthbertson

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January 9, 2018

 

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