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Last updated: 15 May 2021
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Date:Wednesday 20 June 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing-Canada PB2B-1 Catalina
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A24-206
MSN: 61123
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:East Arm, Darwin, NT (   Australia)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:-
Destination airport:-
Narrative:
The Catalina was tethered to a buoy at the southern anchorage at East Arm, Darwin after a test flight by. Whilst refueling and being loaded with multiple 250 lb depth charges, one was accidently released, falling through a timber barge and sinking to it pre-set ignition depth, which went off, causing the Catalina to sink, resulting in the other wing mounted depth charges to go off when the aircraft sank.

Classification:
Fire during refuelling
Damaged on the ground

Sources:
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site
» Pacific Wrecks - PB2B-1 Catalina Serial Number A24-206


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