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8 Communication Unit
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.
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