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Date:samedi 17 mars 1945
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Compagnie:United States Navy
Immatriculation: 46525
Numéro de série:
Année de Fabrication:
Equipage:victimes: 5 / à bord: 8
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 5 / à bord: 8
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Georgetown-Wideawake Field (ASI), Ascension Island (   Sainte-Hélène)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Georgetown-Wideawake Field (ASI/FHAW), Sainte-Hélène
Aéroport de destination:?
Détails:
On 17 March 1945, the PBY-5A Buno 46525 of VPB-45 was lost at 04:08 hrs in a crash during a night takeoff on a authorized operational mission from Wideawake Field, Ascension Island, for an anti submarine barrier patrol. 1380 gallons of gasoline and 4 x 350 lb Mk.41 depth charges were aboard. There was a 16-knots wind from 159 degrees magnetic, and runway in use was 139 degrees magnetic. Cross wind was apparently not corrected for and the plane drifted toward the left side of the runway as it continued the takeoff run. Slightly before becoming airborne, the port wing tip struck a fifteen foot vertical embankment on the left side of the runway. The outer eight feet of the port wing folded back and the plane climbed the embankment and cart wheeled over onto its back. Three bombs were thrown clear. The fourth remained in the wreckage, but did not explode. The PBY was completely destroyed by fire after the crash, five crew were killed. Three survivors were rescued from the wreckage, all wounded.

Sources:
» vpnavy.com
» Fleet Airwing 16 War Diary, March 1945
» VPB-45 War Diary, March 1945


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