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  PBY-5A Catalina Serial Number A24-92  
RAAF
3 OTU
8 Communication Unit
113 ASRF
11 Squadron

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Lindsay c1944

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Lindsay Nov 10, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Constructors Number 1855. US Navy Bureau Number 46491.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). On May 18, 1944 assigned to 3 Operational Training Unit (3 OTU).

During November 1944, assigned to 8 Communication Unit. On November 10, 1944 took off piloted by Flt. Lt. Wood and rendezvoused with eight Beauforts from 7 Squadron to respond to an S.O.S. by the crew of crew of B-25 piloted by Thompson that were hit by anti-aircraft fire and ditched into the sea between Wewak and Muschu Island. Around 4:30pm, this Catalina made several circuits over the raft and landed on the sea roughly 200m from shore near Cape Wom to rescued the crew, two of which were wounded. Against orders, the crew shut down both engines to take the six aboard. The rescue was photographed using Philip Lindsay's camera, a gift from his wife. Before departing, one of the Americans sunk their life raft with his pistol. Safely aboard, the Catalina successfully restarted their engines and took off successfully. As darkness set in, this aircraft landed at Madang Airfield around 8:30pm.

On May 5, 1945 this Catalina was assigned to 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight.

Postwar
On October 28, 1949 assigned to 11 Squadron. As of April 1, 1953 stationed at RAAF Rathmines. On May 13, 1953 transfered to the Netherlands East Indies (N.E.I.) as P223 and SOC MLD April 15, 1954

References
ADF Serials - Catalina A24-92
Rescue at Wewak by Hilarie Lindsay, Ansay Pty Ltd 2000
AWM P00120.001 and P00120.005 show the rescue, photos via Philip S. Lindsay captions eludes to four or five being rescued crew of the Catalina on November 10, 1944 as: Pilot  Flt. Lt. I. J. L. Wood, 2nd Pilot  W.O. A. V. Dawson, Observer  B. W. Bentley, Engineer  Fl Sgt J. W. Renwock, 2nd Engineer  Flt Sgt J. Carwardine, WAG  Fl Sgt Peter Fletcher, WAG  Sgt D. N. Beaton, Rigger  Sgt C. Thorsborne

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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