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Last updated: 2 December 2015
Datum:Montag 26 April 1943
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Fluggesellschaft:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Kennzeichen: A24-43
Werknummer: 1096
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 9
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 9
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Aita (   Papua Neuguinea)
Flugphase: Manövrieren (MNV)
Flug von:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australien
Flug nach:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australien
The RAAF Catalina, operated by 11 Sqn took off from Cairns at 15:00 to drop supplies to coastwatchers at two locations: Aita, Bougainville and Bunbun, New Ireland. The flying boar arrived at Aita at 23:00, and two supplied were dropped. Prior to the third drop, an impact was heard and engine revved to full power. The Catalina impacted trees and crashed on a ridge.

RAAF crew members killed were:
403318 FL William James CLARK; 408268 FO John Nigel Elmhirst POTTS; 32917 Sgt Dudley James WARD.

» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site
» Pacific Wrecks - PBY Catalina Serial Number A24-43 Tail FJ-B


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