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  PBY Catalina Serial Number A24-7  
RAAF
20 Squadron

Former Assignments
Qantas

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Gerry Burris c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated constructors number 218, model 28-5MA. Delivered to Qantas and registered as VH-AFH on July 21, 1941.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with serial number A24-7. Assigned to 20 Squadron on September 8, 1941.

On January 22, 1942 during take off from Fairfax Harbor off Port Moresby piloted by S/Ldr Thomas MacBride Price, 172 with 2nd pilot P/O Lawrence Arthur Kirk, 407439, this Catalina stuck a submerged object and damage on both sides of the hull and did not participate on a mission to attack a Japanese convoy off Watom Island off Rabaul.

On February 28, 1942 this Catalina might have been further damaged on February 28, 1942 during the Japanese air raid against Napa Napa. On March 1, 1942 officially written off at Port Moresby.

Wreckage
The fuselage was stripped for usable parts and remained at Port Moresby.

References
Note, some sources incorrectly list the date of loss as January 23, 1942
ADF Serials - A24-7
RAAF 20 Squadron Diary - January 23, 1942
RAAF Aircraft Status Card A24-7
Thanks to Gordon Birkett and Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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