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Datum:maandag 26 april 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registratie: A24-43
Constructienummer: 1096
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 9
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 9
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Aita (   Papoea-Nieuw-Guinea)
Fase: Manoeuvreren (MNV)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), AustraliŽ
Vliegveld van aankomst:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), AustraliŽ
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.

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


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