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Last updated: 25 June 2019
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Date:Tuesday 24 October 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A24-100
C/n / msn: 1961
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Makassar (   Indonesia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Consolidated Catalina flying boat A24-100 of 42 Squadron, RAAF, had completed a successful mine laying operation off Makassar (Celebes) Harbour on the night of 23 & 24 October 1944. The starboard engine of this aircraft was damaged by Japanese anti aircraft (AA) fire. Unable to maintain height on his return and with the second engine failing, the captain made a forced landing in the open sea south of the South Western Celebes Peninsula. He and his crew spent the next twelve hours on the water before a second Catalina arrived to rescue them.
After the disabled Catalina had been sunk by machine gun fire, the rescue Catalina took off and returned safely to Darwin.

Classification:
Shot down from the ground
Forced landing outside airport

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


Photos

photo of Consolidated-PBY-5A-Catalina-A24-100
accident date: 24-10-1944
type: Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
registration: A24-100
 
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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