Located at Lake Boga.
The existence of Lake Boga as a potential
site for flying boat activity had been known to the Australian
Government as early as 1938. After the devastating Japanese attack against Broome on March 3, 1942, the RAAF made inspections of both Lake Boga Flying Boat Base and Kangaroo Lake Flying Boat Base were
made. Lake Boga being preferred as the site for the No.
1 RAAF Flying Boat Repair Depot.
416 aircraft were serviced with
work carried out ranging from repair of operational damage
to complete overhauls. Aircraft serviced included Catalinas,
Dorniers, Martin Mariners, Walrus, Kingfisher and Sunderland.
Lake Boga saw its first flying boat on July 12 when a quantity of stores and equipment was flown
in from Rathmines by Catalina flying boat. The first ever
Catalina repaired at Lake Boga was PBY Catalina A24-17, which carried
a crew of four, plus 12 personnel on posting from Rathmines in
New South Wale.
Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum
On the original site of the No.1 Flying Boat Repair Depot,
stands an underground Communications Bunker which has been transformed
into the Flying Boat Museum.
PBY Catalina Serial
Displayed at the museum
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January 9, 2018