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Date:Thursday 9 December 1943
Time:ca 03:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Marine Luchtvaart Dienst - MLD
Registration: Y-78
MSN: 841
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) E off Elephant Point, Bay of Bengal (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Sigiriya RAF Station (GIU/VCCS), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Sigiriya RAF Station (GIU/VCCS), Sri Lanka
Narrative:
The Catalina departed RAF Sigiriya for an eighteen-hour patrol mission over sea. Engine failure forced the crew to carry out a night landing at sea. The flying boat sank within an hour.
The wreckage was found by local fishermen in 2014 and parts of the aircraft were recovered.

Sources:
» Nieuwsbrief 320-Vereniging; nummer 3, september 2006
» Verenigde Vleugels, maart 2015
» divesrilanka.com
» Zeemansgraf en laatste uren Catalina ontrafeld


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