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  PBY-5 Catalina Serial Number NZ4013 Code XX-O
6 Squadron

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Constructors number 1402. Assigned U. S. Navy (USN) bureau number 08468.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Catalina NZ4013. Assigned to 6 Squadron. Code XX-O. On July 6, 1943 this Catalina arrived at Fiji. Later, operated from Halavo Seaplane Base off Florida Island.

On February 18, 1944 this PBY took off on a dumbo rescue mission to north Buka Island and landed to rescue two crew members and pick up a dead body from the crash of B-25H 43-4???, and successfully returned them to Halavo.

On February 18, 1944 this PBY rescued 2nd Lt. Jack G. Morris pilot of F4U 02566 who had crashed eight days earlier.

No. 6 Flying Boat Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force: Brief History
"On the same day a fighter pilot who had been shot down 8 days previously was rescued from open sea by Fg Off McGrane and crew"

Mission History
On October 11, 1944 on take off after a dumbo rescue mission in the Segond Channel off Espiritu Santo this Catalina water looped. Afterwards, it was taken under tow by a US ship but the damaged starboard float collapsed and the aircraft capsized and sank in deep water, crew escaped.

No. 6 Flying Boat Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force: Brief History
NZDF Serials - Catalina NZ4013

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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