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  PB2B-2 Catalina Serial Number A24-378  
Qantas Empire Airways

Former Assignments
RAAF
113 Air Sea Rescue Flight

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing as PB2B-2 Catalina. Constructors Number 61159. Assigned US Navy (USN) Bureau Number 44253. Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number JX635.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Catalina serial number A24-378. On September 8, 1945 assigned to 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight (113 ASRF). No known nickname or nose art.

Postwar
This Catalina was purchased by Qantas Empire Airways (QEA) and registered in Australia as VH-EAX.

On June 24, 1949, while moored off Lord Howe Island this Catalina came free from its mooring and wrecked near shore.

References
Note, Qantas also registered Catalina VH-EAX (PBY-6A 46644) displayed at Qantas Founders Museum.
ADF Serials - Catalina A24-378
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
September 25, 2018

 

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