||Volume 92, March 2001, Air Enthusiast
Catalina flying-boats of the RAAF, US Navy and RNZAF were very familiar sights during the dark days of World War Two in and around the Australian Territory of Papua and New Guinea (TPNG). Since then, many heroic, inspiring and sad tales of their time in those skies, have been published in volumes on this versatile aircraft, some by veterans themselves. Suffice it to say that as far as the RAAF was concerned, the service took delivery of 168 examples of the Catalina during the war,
many of which were involved on missions in the theatre. Five series of the model were incorporated in this total, comprising: PBY-4 (2), PBY-5 (66), PBY-5A (46), PB2B-1 (7) and PB2B-2 (47). When hostilities ended, squadrons were withdrawn and disbanded, leaving a sole flight in New Guinea, the 111 ASR Squadron, with two examples, based at Madang. The squadron relocated to the capital Port Moresby in March 1946 until it was withdrawn in January 1947. During this period, the Administrator of the...
Consolidated PBY Catalina