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  PBY Catalina Serial Number A24-7  
20 Squadron

Former Assignments
Qantas Empire Airways

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Gerry Burris c1942

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated constructors number 218, model 28-5MA. Purchased by Qantas Empire Airways (QEA) and flown across the Pacific to Australia. On July 21, 1941 registered in Australia as VH-AFH.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with serial number A24-7. Assigned to 20 Squadron on September 8, 1941.

On January 22, 1942 during take off from Fairfax Harbor off Port Moresby piloted by S/Ldr Thomas MacBride Price, 172 with 2nd pilot P/O Lawrence Arthur Kirk, 407439, this Catalina stuck a submerged object and damage on both sides of the hull and did not participate on a mission to attack a Japanese convoy off Watom Island off Rabaul.

On February 28, 1942 this Catalina might have been further damaged on February 28, 1942 during the Japanese air raid against Napa Napa. On March 1, 1942 officially written off at Port Moresby.

During 1942, the fuselage was stripped for usable parts at Napa Napa. Ultimate fate unknown, the remainder of this Catalina was scrapped sometime afterwards.

Note, some sources incorrectly list the date of loss as January 23, 1942
ADF Serials - A24-7
RAAF 20 Squadron Diary - January 23, 1942
RAAF Aircraft Status Card A24-7
Thanks to Gordon Birkett and Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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