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Date:Monday 7 February 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: A24-34
MSN: 1044
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Malakua [Jacquinot Bay] (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australia
Destination airport:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australia
The RAAF Catalina flying boat departed Cairns at approximately 23:50 hours, February 6, 1944 on an mission to attack Kavieng, Papua New Guinea.
A parachute flare inside the airplane ignited prematurely when its altitude setting ring was being adjusted. In order to prevent premature detonation of other ordnance or mid-air structural failure from fire, the crew carried out a ditching at Jacquinot Bay. All on board survived and made it ashore.
, with the crew members making shore in the vicinity of Malakua. Four crew members managed to escape, but the rest were taken prisoner by the Japanese.


» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site
» Pacific Wrecks - PBY Catalina Serial Number A24-34 Tail FJ-A


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