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Date:Sunday 28 February 1943
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: A24-25
MSN: 273
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:56 km (35 mls) S off Cairns, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australia
Destination airport:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australia
Narrative:
Crashed during ASW patrol flight.
The wreckage was located in 2013 by a diver, but it took until 2015 before additional dives were made to establish the identity of the airplane.

Sources:
» Wreckage of RAAF plane that crashed 70 years ago found in sea near Cairns, Guardian, 21-9-2015
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site
» Peter Dunn's Australia @ war


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