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During the night of February 3, 1942, this Catalina piloted by F/L Hemsworth and co-pilot Sgt C W Miller. One of five Catalinas (this aircraft, A24-3, A24-18, A24-14, A24-17) that participated in a night raid against Japanese shipping in Simpson Harbor off Rabaul. This Catalina was attacked by A5M4 Claudes of the Chitose Kōkūtai (operating in tandem with the searchlight crews) over the target, and damaged, possibly by FPO/1C Hiroyoshi Nishizawa and claimed a Catalina that night. All bombs were jettisoned and the aircraft attempted to gain cover of clouds. Both port and starboard fuel tanks were holed and a burst was received in the oil tank which severed an oil line. The aircraft escaped and proceeded to Salamaua where a forced landing was made at 1700Z/3. Repairs were attempted and the aircraft then departed on on one engine at 2341Z/3 and landed at Fairfax Harbor at 0700Z/4 the next day.
Some wreckage still remained, including a machine gun that was located by diver Bob Halstead in the late 1970s. In August 1978, the area was dredged, and remaining wreckage was removed or buried.
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