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  PBY-5 Catalina Serial Number NZ4020 Code XX-W
6 Squadron

Aircraft History
Consolidated constructors number 1369. US Navy Bureau Number 08435. Assigned to the RNZAF to 6 Squadron. Code XX-O.

Wartime History
On October 21, 1943 arrived on Fiji. During early 1944, based at the Treasury Islands and serviced by USS Coos Bay.

On February 18, 1944 this PBY took off on a dumbo rescue mission to north Buka Island and landed to rescue two crew members and pick up a dead body from the crash of B-25H 43-4???, and successfully returned them to Halavo.

On May 26, 1945, stalled on landing in the sea off Hobsonville Airfield. Towed to a mooring by crash boat. The damage resulted in the aircraft being written off on June 18, 1945.

No. 6 Flying Boat Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force: Brief History
"18th February. A Catalina commanded by Fg Off Hitchcock sighted a dinghy with survivors from a ditched B-25 being circled by another B-25. The Catalina landed and picked up 2 survivors and a body. They were Americans from a Russell Island based B-25 squadron. Their aircraft had been hit by AA while on a straffing mission and had crashed into the sea"
NZDF Serails - Catalina NZ4020
Thanks to Ewan Stevenson for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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