Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 22 November 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 6 April 1945
Type:Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A24-54
C/n / msn: 1256
First flight:
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Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Timor [Savu Sea] (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN), Australia
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Flew from Darwin and arrived to pick the survivors from A72-81 & A72-77 that was shot down in the Savu Sea off Timor. After the Catalina landed to pick up survivors it was strafed by fighter planes and caught fire. The crew as well as the Liberator survivors were force to abandon the aircraft.

Sources:
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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