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STF (Seaplane Training Flight)
On June 8, 1941 flown from San Diego on a Qantas delivery flight across the Pacific as part of delivery flight "G" with civlian call sign VH-AFG. On July 5, 1941 arrived at Rose Bay. On July 7, 1941 arrived at Rathmines.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Catalina serial number A24-6. On August 7, 1941 assigned to 11 Squadron. Next, assigned to 20 Squadron August 14, 1941 then to Seaplane Training Flight (STF) on September 6, 1941. Reassigned to 11 Squadron on January 15, 1942.
PBY Catalina sunk off Napa Napa has never been positively identified, but is either A24-3 or A24-6. Aboard the wreck were twelve 250kg bombs. MilSearch was contracted to remove the ordnance. The bombs were taken 10 miles out to sea and dumped. Also, wreck's machine guns were removed, angering the local dive community.
In addition, divers also located fragments of another wreck, probably the other Catalina near where the InterOil dock was constructed. According to staff of the company, during the construction of the dock, this wreck was covered with fill, and was not further investigated.
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