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Last updated: 17 January 2022
Datum:vrijdag 13 april 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing-Canada PB2B-1 Catalina
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Royal New Zealand Air Force - RNZAF
Registratie: NZ4031
Constructienummer: 28120
Bemanning:slachtoffers: / inzittenden:
Passagiers:slachtoffers: / inzittenden:
Totaal:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 10
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Funafuti Lagoon (   Tuvalu)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:?
Vliegveld van aankomst:?
While taking off along a swell in Funafuti Lagoon the Catalina flying boat began to porpoise. On becoming airborne the plane stalled from about 15 feet and fell heavily bow-first into the lagoon, half submerging and finally sinking in 85 feet of water. The crash was caused by a mishandling of the controls by the second Pilot through a misunderstanding between him and the Captain. Seven survivors were rescued by American and RNZAF crash boats.

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