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Last updated: 23 February 2020
Estado:
Fecha:lunes 26 abril 1943
Hora:23:20
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operador:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registración: A24-43
Numéro de série: 1096
Año de Construcción:
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 9
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 9
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:cerca Aita (   Papúa Nueva Guinea)
Fase: Maniobras (MNV)
Naturaleza:Militar
Aeropuerto de Salida:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australia
Descripción:
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.

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


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