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  PBY Catalina Serial Number A24-6  
11 Squadron

Former Assignments
Qantas Empire Airways
20 Squadron
STF (Seaplane Training Flight)

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February 28, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated as a Model 28-5MA at San Diego during 1941. Constructors Number 189. Purchased by Qantas Empire Airways (QEA).

On June 8, 1941 took off form San Diego as part of delivery flight "G" on a Qantas delivery flight across the Pacific with Australian registration 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.

Wartime History
On February 28, 1942 moored at Napa Napa in Fairfax Harbor. Attacked by strafing A6M2 Zeros of the 4th Kōkūtai, setting it on fire and sinking it. Also sunk was Catalina A24-3.

The presence of a wreck at this location has been known since the war on harbor survey maps. In early 2003, a PBY Catalina sunk off Napa Napa was rediscovered by the POMSAC (Port Moresby Sub-Aqua Club) during the construction of the InterOil Refinery and dock.

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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September 25, 2018


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