ADF Aircraft Serial Numbers
RAAF A24 Consolidated PBY Catalina

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RAAF.SerialC/NPrevious SerialAircraft History
A24-127AH534Original A24-1 was to be DP202 Model 28-5MA VH-AFA. per Aus 58 Contract. However this Aircraft was not ready and was substituted by a Model 28-5ME per part of original 40 a/c French order taken over by BPC Serial Range AH530 to AH569.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFB 02/02/41. A24-1 left San Diego on 1/25/41, A24-18 on 10/17/41. (2025 miles in 17hrs, 19 min). To RAAF 01/02/41. 11 Sqn 19/3/42. 20Sqn 14/8/41. 11 Sqn 13/12/41. 30TU 4/4/43. Crashed Darwin 30/8/45 on takeoff. Conversion 18/10/45.The original DP202 was used by the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment in Scotland from May 1941.It went to Canada November 1941. Principal Difference between Model 28MA and ME was that the later had two radios instead of the former's one.
A24-240A24-1Model 28-5ME VH-AFC. per Aus 58 Contract. Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFC 27/02/41. To RAAF 27/02/41. 11 Sqn 13/5/41. 20 Sqn 14/8/41 RB-Z. STF 8/6/42.11 Sqn 30/8/42 Coded FJ-B 3-43. 3 OTU 14/4/43. Sold to J. Botterill & J. W. Fravey 8/12/47.
A24-378.Model 28-5MA. Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFD 12/03/41. To RAAF 27/02/41. 11 Sqn 30/5/41. 20 Sqn 14/5/41. STF 8/1/42. 11 Sqn 19/1/42. Lost by enemy action 1/3/42.
A24-4113.Model 28-5MA. Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFE 12/04/41. To RAAF 05/01/41. 11 Sqn 22/6/41 OX-D. 20 Sqn 14/8/41. STF 31/1/42. 20 Sqn 03/04/42 Coded RB-X. 20 Sqn 9/7/42. 3 OTU 15/9/43. Sold to Kingsford Smith Aviation Service 30/10/46.
A24-5164.Model 28-5MA. Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFF 17/06/41. 11 Sqn 27/7/41. 20 Sqn 14/8/41. Damaged by E/A Rabaul 3/2/42. 11 Sqn 12/4/42. Destroyed at Port Moresby moorings by Enemy Action 25/4/42.
A24-6189.Model 28-5MA. Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFG 05/07/41. 11 Sqn 7/8/41. 20 Sqn 14/8/41. STF 6/9/41. 11 Sqn 17/1/42. Lost by enemy action 1/3/42.
A24-7218.Model 28-5MA. Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFH 21/07/41. 20 Sqn 8/9/41. Struck submerged object 23/1/42, Watom Island; Write off.
A24-8250.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFI 16/08/41. 20 Sqn 11/9/41. Shot Down 21/01/42, 3 killed. Crew; FLTLT Robert Thompson (Pilot), FLTLT Paul Metzler (2nd Pilot), SGT Leo Clarke (2nd Wireless Op/Air Gunner), CPL Jack Perret (1st Engineer), LAC Ken Parkyn (2nd Engineer), LAC M. Sollit (1st Wireless Op), LAC Bill Blackman (Rigger) and LAC J. Cox (Armourer).
A24-9259.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFJ 26/08/41. Served with 11 Sqn. Shot Down 21/01/42 by Japanese Carrier off Salamaua. Pilot and 7 Crew Killed. One Survivor: Cpl Tom Keen. Crew; LT G. Hutchinson (USN Pilot), PLTOFF Tom Rowe (2nd Pilot), SGT Doug Coote (Extra Crew - W/AG), CPL Tom Keen (Rigger), CPL Jack Wyche (1st Engineer), LAC Arthur Meadows (1st Wireless Op), LAC Arthur Downes (2nd Wireless Op), LAC2 John Graigie (Armourer) and AC1 K.L. Murphy (2nd Engineer).
A24-10270.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFK 09/09/41. Served with 11 Sqn 20/10/41. Served with 20 Sqn 09/07/42. Served with 3 OTU 06/04/43. Sold 08/12/47 as VH-BEF.
A24-11279.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFL 09/09/41. Served with 11 Sqn 26/10/41 Coded J. Crashed on takeoff 15/01/42, Kavieng Harbour, all killed. Crew; SQNLDR Tom Davies (Pilot), PLTOFF Russel Hender (2nd Pilot), CPL Harry Hornby (1st Engineer), LAC Lesile Hoare (2nd Engineer), LAC Fred Anthony (1st Wireless Op), LAC Brian Wilcox (2nd Wireless Op), LAC John Marks (Armourer) and LAC C. Ogilvie (Rigger). Lt Hutchinson, a pilot on loan from the US Navy flying in A24-13, witnessed the accident and immediately set his aircraft down to rescue the survivors, however the aircraft had sunk in deep water taking her entire crew with her.
A24-12299.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFM 19/09/41. 11 Sqn 29/10/41. 20 Sqn 18/3/42. 11 Sqn 4/5/42. 20 Sqn 18/7/42. Destroyed in storm, Rathmines 15/9/42.
A24-13307.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFN 19/09/41. 11 Sqn 16/11/41. MIA 24/02/42, Rabaul. Crew; SQNLDR Ern Beaumont (Pilot), PLTOFF Michael Evans (2nd Pilot), SGT Ray Richardson, (2nd Wireless Op/Air Gunner), CPL Ray Adams (1st Engineer), LAC Max Berghouse (2nd Engineer), LAC George Formby (1st Wireless Op), LAC Clive Grainger (Rigger) and AC1 Leonard Farrands (Armour).
A24-14313.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFO 07/10/41. 20 Sqn 1/12/41. 11 Sqn 7/4/42.Coded FJ-D 3-43 3 OTU 14/6/44. Sold to Kingsford-Smith Aviation Service 3/10/46.
A24-15322.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFP 07/10/41. To 11 Sqn 8/12/41. Crashed into hill Port Moresby 8/12/41, all killed. Crew; FLGOFF Lyn Sloane (Pilot), FLTLT N.P. Reid (2nd Pilot), CPL Neville Ernst (1st Engineer), CPL Eric O’Donnell (Rigger), LAC Charles Matheson (2nd Engineer), AC1 Keith Sidey (1st Wireless Op), AC1 Arthur Magee (2nd Wireless Op) and AC1 George Peterson (Armourer). Conversion 9/1/42.
A24-16332.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFQ 07/10/41. 11 Sqn 6/12/41. 20 Sqn 11/3/42. 11 Sqn 21/5/42. 20 Sqn 22/8/42. 3 OTU 21/2/43. Water looped Rathmines 10/4/43. Conversion 15/6/43.
A24-17342.Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFR 22/10/41. Served with 20 Sqn 03/1/42. Attacked by US Navy aircraft while returning to Havannah Harbour 27/06/42, Pilot Lt Seymour. Aircraft was damaged and was repaired by US Forces. Served with 11 Sqn 09/07/42. Served with 3 OTU 29/03/43 Coded H. Converted to componants 04/12/45.
A24-18350RAF V9702Delivered by Qantas as VH-AFS 23/10/41. 11 Sqn 30/1/42. 20 Sqn 3/4/42. 11 Sqn. Shot Down 04/05/42 while on a daylight reconnaissance mission the aircraft was shot down south of Bougainville and the crew where taken prisoners by the Japanese. On 4 Nov 42 the crew were taken to Matupi village and then executed. Crew; FLGOFF Allan Leslie Norman 407006 (Pilot), FLGOFF Frederick Arthur Donald Diercks 407708 (2nd Pilot), PLTOFF Francis O’Connell Anderson 403118 (Nav), CPL Alfred Harry Lanagan 6853 (1st Engineer), CPL Alfred Roland Hocking 18005 (2nd Engineer), LAC William Murdoch Parker 20343 (1st Wireless Op), LAC Vernon Holloway Hardwick 17635 (2nd Wireless Op), LAC John Joseph Burns 19574 (Rigger) and LAC Ernest John McDonald 10253 (Armour).
A24-19382RCAF VA734/
RAF V9734
Delivered 10/03/42. 20 Sqn 6/4/42. E/A damage Tulagi 30/4/42. 3 OTU 7/12/42. Sold to Kingsford-Smith Aviation Service 3/10/46 for 110 Pounds.
A24-20386RCAF VA735/
RAF V9735
Delivered 10/03/42. 20 Sqn 4/4/42. Crashed 06/05/42, off Misima Island in the Coral Sea. 9 Crew Died. Crew; SQNLDR Geoff Hemsworth (Pilot), SGT Jack Coulter (2nd Pilot), FLGOFF Leo Mclintock (Nav), CPL Col Marsden (1st Engineer), LAC Ken Arnott (2nd Engineer), LAC Norman Banville (1st Wireless Op), SGT Jack Bandy (2nd Wireless Op), LAC Eric Dorman (Rigger) and LAC Erwin Brown (Armour).
A24-21389RCAF VA736/
RAF V9736
Delivered 10/03/42. 20 Sqn 7/4/42. Qantas 18/5/42. 11 Sqn 9/7/42. 20 Sqn 30/3/43. 20 Sqn 20/04/43 Coded RB-Y. 107 Sqn 23/6/43. 3 OTU 10/8/43. Storm damage Rathmines 23/4/48. Sold to J. E. Wood 1/4/48.
A24-22285RCAF VA710/
RAF V9710
Delivered 30/03/42. 11 Sqn 13/4/42. 20 Sqn 9/7/42. Crashed 08/03/43, Lae/Gasmata after on board fire - all killed.
  • Images of A24-22.
  • A24-23371RCAF VA730/
    RAF V9730
    Delivered 30/03/42. 11 Sqn 20/4/42. Damaged Tulagi by enemy action 5/5/42. Destroyed 14/6/42. In 20Sqn Service coded as RB-X 4/43.
    A24-24380RCAF VA733/
    RAF V9733
    Flown to Australia from the US as 9733/V9733 by RAF Ferry Command between 08/03/42 to 23/03/42. Delivered 30/03/42 to Rathmines. Departed Rathmines 28/04/42. To 11 Sqn 29/4/42. To Rathmines 11/05/42. Qantas 18/5/42. To Rathmines 26/06/42. To QANTAS 27/06/42. 20 Sqn 17/7/42, but departed Rathmines 20/07/42. To Rathmines 04/08/42. To 20 Sqn 23/08/42. To 1FBRD 05/11/42. To 20 Sqn 23/11/42. To 1FBRD 29/01/43. To 20 Sqn 07/03/43. To Rathmines 25/03/43. Taxying accident 13/04/43. To 20 Sqn 13/05/43. 20 Sqn 20/04/43 Coded RB-X. To 107 Sqn 23/6/43. To 20 Sqn 23/07/43. Crashed 18/08/43, Bowen QLD all but two crew dead.
    A24-25273RCAF VA708/
    RAF V9708
    Delivered 14/04/42. Served with 11 Sqn 18/05/42. Crashed 28/02/43, North of Green Island (near Cairns) QLD on ASW Patrol.
    A24-26292RCAF VA711/
    RAF V9711
    Delivered 14/04/42. 11 Sqn 9/7/42 Coded FJ-E 43. 3 OTU 15/9/43. Sold to N. R. Carpenter Pty Ltd. 4/10/46. VH-BDP, TO INDONESIA AS RI-005.
    A24-27316RCAF VA717/
    RAF V9717
    Delivered 14/04/42. At some stage is was coded FJ-I. Served with 11 Sqn 09/07/42. 20 Sqn 03/04/42 Coded RB-W. Served with 20 Sqn 01/10/42. 20 Sqn 20/04/43 Coded RB-W. Served with 3 OTU 06/07/43. Served with 107 Sqn 07/07/43. Served with 3 OTU 02/08/43. Sold to Kingsford-Smith 03/10/46.
    A24-288NEIAF Y-3/
    USN 1219
    Ex NEI. According to Dutch documents the ex US Navy 1219 coded P-3 and damaged at Tjilitjap at 02/03/42. The Dutch Navy repaired it and flew it to Broome. On 07/03/42 she went back to the US Navy. Delivered to RAAF 13/03/42. 11 Sqn 3/12/43 FJ-L. Converted PBY-4 to PBY-5. Sold to Kingsford-Smith 3/10/46.
    A24-294NEIAF Y-10/
    USN 1216
    PBY Model 4. Qantas 22/6/42. 3 OTU 7/12/42. Sold to Kingstord-Smith 3/10/46.
  • Images of A24-29.
  • A24-3033USN 2305This Catalina was a composite constructed late in the war from parts of Dutch "Y72" (hull) and US Bu No.230 5ex-22-P-12 (wings and engines) see Wynnum Graham's page link below.
    To RAAF 20 Sqn 19/10/42. 3 OTU 27/2/43.
    Sold to Kingsford-Smith 3/10/46.
    Another composite Catalina wearing the serial A24-30 is located at the Catalina Museum at Lake Boga near Swan Hill VIC.
  • Click here to go to Wynnum Graham's Catalina A24-30 Page
  • Images of A24-30.
  • A24-311047Bu.81533 OTU 23/1/43. Sold to Australair Ltd. 5/11/47.
    A24-321050Bu.81563 OTU 27/1/43. 11 Sqn 6/2/43 FJ-F. Crashed in open sea rescue attempt 2/5/44.
    A24-331053Bu.81593 OTU 29/1/43. 20 Sqn 25/10/43 RB-S. 3 OTU 13/6/44. Damaged 28/6/45. Conversion.
    A24-341044Bu.81503 OTU 7/2/43. 20 Sqn 20/04/43 Coded RB-T. 20 Sqn 11/6/43 FJ-H. 11 Sqn 6/10/43. FTR Kavieng 7/2/44.
    A24-351055Bu.816120 Sqn 21/2/43. 20 Sqn 20/04/43 Coded RB-Y.Coded as RB-V. 11 Sqn 12/9/43 FJ-A. 43 Sqn 21/1/44 OX-L. 11 Sqn 2/8/44. 20 Sqn 4/10/45. Sold to Barrier Reef Airways 10/11/47.
    A24-361084Bu.819011 Sqn 21/2/43 FJ-G. Crashed 13/04/43, Cairns Harbour QLD. 05/05/43 Converted to Ground Training Aid.
    A24-371094Bu.82003 OTU 11/3/43. 11 Sqn 9/11/43 Coded FJ-J. 20 Sqn 14/12/43 Coded RB-W. 11 Sqn 1/8/44. 111 ASRF 24/7/45. Sold to A.N.A. 15/10/46.
    A24-381097Bu.820320 Sqn 21/2/43 Coded FJ-H. Reports also state later FJ-J 16/04/43.11 Sqn 11/3/43. 107 Sqn 23/6/43. 43 Sqn 25/8/43 OX-E. 11 Sqn 18/2/44 Coded FJ-L. Damaged 20/3/44. Conversion.
    A24-391100Bu.82063 OTU 18/2/43. Crashed 24/05/43, Into sea near Port Stephens NSW.
    A24-401095Bu.820111 Sqn 30/3/43 Coded FJ-J. 43 Sqn 12/8/43 OX-A. 3 OTU 11/2/45. Sold to A.N.A. 15/10/46.
    A24-411098Bu.820420 Sqn 15/3/43 Coded RB-U. Crashed 08/04/43, Gulf of Carpentaria QLD. After on board Fire, all killed.
    A24-421102Bu.820811 Sqn 28/3/43 FJ-K. 20 Sqn 12/12/43. 11 Sqn 23/3/44 Coded FJ-G. 43 Sqn 11/6/44. Damaged in heavy seas 15/5/45. Conversion.
    A24-431096Bu.820211 Sqn 19/4/43 FJ-B. Shot Down and crashed 26/04/43, Bouganville.
    A24-441101Bu.820720 Sqn 19/4/43. 20 Sqn 20/04/43 Coded RB-S. 43 Sqn 27/9/43 Coded OX-K. On 6 April 1944 F/O Reg Marr in A24-44 rescued the crew of Beaufighter A19-156 which had been hit by enemy fire and CL on Cartier Is, south of Semaroe Is. The landing was in the open sea at dusk and a dark take-off with the 31 Sqn crew. 11 IASRF 8/6/45. Sold 6/1/48. Kingsford Smith Air Services.
    A24-451183Bu.826911 Sqn 19/4/43 Coded FJ-D. 43 Sqn 12/3/44 OX-E. FTR Namlea 20/7/44. Wreckage discovered 1996.
    A24-461186Bu.827220 Sqn 15/4/43. 20 Sqn 20/04/43 Coded RB-R. 3 OTU 5/7/43. 20Sqn Coded RB-T 6/01/44.On 21 Jan 1944, while in service with 43 Sqn, while returning to Darwin from from an operation, due to bad weather the crew alighted near Snake Bay, Melville Island. During refuelling from Drums, spilt fuel on the wing caught fire igniting the fabric covering of the trailing quarter of the wing plus the ailerons. The aircraft was towed approximately 200 miles to Darwin by HMAS Mercedes, a mine sweeper. Disposed of to C K Campbell 12/11/1947. In 1990 moved from Lake Boga, Vic, to Albany. Was on display, partially restored, at the Malcolm Green Aircraft Museum, Whaleworld, Albany, WA. Sold late 2004. Current location not known.
  • Images of A24-46.
  • A24-471198Bu.828411 Sqn 6/5/43 Coded FJ-G April 1943. April 1944 Coded FJ-K. 112 ASRF 18/8/45. Sold to J. E. Wood 13/11/47.
    A24-481182Bu.826820 Sqn 20/04/43 Coded RB-Q. Wrecked during take-off Bowen lighthouse. Conversion. Salavged 30/05/43.
    A24-491199Bu.8285Served with 20 Sqn 05/05/43 Coded FJ-L. Served with 11 Sqn 24/06/43. Crashed 28/04/44 Horn Island QLD after a mission to Manokwari.
    A24-501178Bu.826420 Sqn 20/04/43 Coded RB-Z. 20 Sqn 2/5/43. 11 Sqn 23/8/43 Coded FJ-E. Failed to Return 2/9/43 from Sorong, Vogelkop Pen.
    A24-511257Bu.833320 Sqn 2/6/43 Coded RB-W. 11 Sqn 26/7/43. 3 OTU 25/5/44. Sold to Australair 5/11/47.
    A24-521259Bu.833511 Sqn 14/6/43.Coded FJ-A Crashed 07/09/43, Townsville QLD. In fairly rough conditions at Cleveland Bay - only three survived, thirteen killed. Survivors included Air Commodore Cobby and a couple of passengers, a Corporal and an LAC. It sank and no one appeared to know what had gone wrong, but, later, divers found 20 feet of the forward fuselage and one engine were blown off by the detonation of one of the plane's anti-sub mines on landing.
    A24-531258Bu.833411 Sqn 26/5/43 Coded FJ-B. 43 Sqn 9/9/43 OX-J. 20 Sqn 28/11/43. 43 Sqn 23/12/43. FTR 21/4/44 from Balikpapan.
    A24-541256Bu.833220 Sqn 15/6/43 RB-U. 112 ASRF 27/1/45. flew from Darwin and arrived to pick the survivors from A72-81 & A72-77 that was shot down in the same action in the Sawoe Sea (Timor) on 06/04/1945. After A24-54 landed to pick up survivors it was staffed by fighters and caught fire. The crew as well as the Liberator survivors were force to abandon the aircraft.
    A24-551260Bu.833620 Sqn 1/7/43. 11 Sqn 9/10/43 Coded FJ-J. 43 Sqn 26/9/44. 111 ASRF 10/6/45. Sold to C. K. Campbell 12/11/47.
    A24-561200Bu.828643 Sqn 7/8/43.Coded OX-B, 20Sqn Coded RB-K, 11 Sqn 22/12/44. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 16/8/45. 2 Sqn 15/11/45. Sold to Kingsford-Smith 5/ 1/48.
    A24-571264Bu.834020Sqn 4-43 Coded FJ-H. Sold 11/5/47.
    A24-581265Bu.834120 Sqn 5/7/43 Coded RJ-P. 43 Sqn 14/11/44 OX-U. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 4/4/45, 20 Sqn 6/12/45. Sold to Barrier Reef Airways 10/11/47.
    A24-591324Bu.840020 Sqn 1/8/43 Coded RB-L. 43 Sqn 12/8/44. ASR Sqn 16/5/46. Sold to Sydney Morning Herald 24/3/47.
    A24-601328Bu.840420 Sqn 11/7/43 Coded RB-N. 43 Sqn 6/12/44. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 6/5/45. Sold 12/11/47.
    A24-611330Bu.840620 Sqn 1/8/43 Coded RB-M. 11 Sqn 5/7/45. Sold to C. K. Camphell 12/11/47.
    A24-621340JX23820 Sqn 11/8/43 Coded RB-Z. 11 Sqn 9/12/44. 20 Sqn 6/8/45. Sold 5/1/48.
    A24-631341JX23920 Sqn 1/8/43 Coded RB-O. 43 Sqn 7/6/44 Coded OX-A. 11 Sqn 13/12/45. Sold 5/11/47.
    A24-641329Bu.8405Served with 43 Sqn 07/08/43 Coded OX-D Failed to Return from Philippines 14/12/44 after mining Manila Bay. Crew; FO Ray Bradstreet.
    A24-651433Bu.848943 Sqn 16/9/43 Coded OX-H. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 6/6/45. Sold to C. K. Campbell 12/11/47.
    A24-661443Bu.849943 Sqn 2/9/43. 3 OTU 16/7/44. Sold to J. E. Wood 21/11/47.
    A24-671444Bu.850020 Sqn 25/8/43 Coded RB-X. Shot Down 01/10/43, during torpedo attack.
    A24-681458Bu.850443 Sqn 8/9/43. 11 Sqn 31/3/45. 112 ASR F 27/6/45. 43 Sqn 25/10/45. sold to Kingsford-Smith 5/1/48.
    A24-691610Bu.34055First Amphibian taken on charge by RAAF, delivered to Lake Boga 17/12/43. 11 Sqn 18/2/44.Coded FJ-A (18-2-44) Destroyed by fire Darwin 14/12/45.
    A24-701613Bu.34059Amphibian. 43 Sqn 5/2/44 Coded M. 20 Sqn 10/10/44. 3 OTU 20/1/45. Conversion 22/1/46.
    A24-711611Bu.34057Amphibian. 11 Sqn 8/4/44. Coded FJ-N. 20 Sqn 6/12/44. 43 Sqn 16/2/45. 11 Sqn 27/8/45. Sold to Kingsford-Smith 5/1/48.
    A24-721612Bu.34058Amphibian. 11 Sqn 5/2/44 Coded FJ-B. S&R Wg 15/2/49. Sold to Grant Trading Co 14/1/43.
    A24-731662Bu.4830020 Sqn 8/4/44.Coded RB-T. Failed to return from Surabaya 21/5/44.
    A24-741660Bu.4829811 Sqn 5/2/44 Code FJ-F. Original to be FJ-D Force landed Clarence River 15/7/44. Conversion 12/2/46.
    A24-751659Bu.4829711 Sqn 7/4/44 Coded FJ-D. Sold to Mr Kennedy 9/5/47. Registered 21/7/47, VH-BDY.
  • Images of A24-75.
  • A24-761661Bu.4829920 Sqn 27/2/44 Coded RB-J. 43 Sqn 14/11/44. Crashed 19/12/44 Broome, WA.
    A24-771663Bu.4830120 Sqn 27/2/44 Coded RB-X 42 Sqn 16/4/45. 43 Sqn 12/7/45. 11 Sqn 12/11/45. 43 Sqn 10/1/46. Sold C. K. Campbell 12/11/47.
    A24-781664Bu.4830211 Sqn 28/2/44. 20 Sqn 23/9/44. 42 Sqn 9/10/44. 43 Sqn 3 9/45. Sold to Barrier Reef Airways 10/11/47.
    A24-791706Bu.48344Completed 29/10/43 Delivered to RAAF 28/01/44 as 48344. To 2FBRD 28/01/44. Changed to A24-79 29/01/44. To 1FBRD 30/10/44. To 43 Sqn 16/5/44. To 11 Sqn 8/6/44. To 1FBMU 21/06/44. To 11 Sqn 05/07/44. To 2FBRD 21/11/45 and placed into storage 05/02/46.To CMU Lake Boga 15/03/46. Sold to Barrier Reef Airways 26/11/47. Issued 14/05/48. Modified into a houseboat sometime. Noted at Muddy Bay/Airlie Beach as late as 1996, possibly towed to sea and sunk.
    A24-801711Bu.483493 OTU 1/5/44. 11 Sqn 6/12/45. Sold to Kingsford-Smith 5/1/48.
    A24-811712Bu.4835020 Sqn 3/6/44. 42 Sqn 11/2/45. 11 Sqn 18/7/45. Sold to Kingsford-Smith 5/1/48.
    A24-821610Bu.3405643 Sqn 16/5/44. 20 Sqn 9/9/44. 43 Sqn 3/2/45/ 11 Sqn 16/8/45. Sold 10/11/47.
    A24-831708Bu.4834620 Sqn 7/6/44. 42 Sqn 18/1/45. Sold to Kingsford-Smith 5/1/48.
    A24-841707Bu.4834520 Sqn 7/6/44. 3 OTU 19/2/45. 11 Sqn 12/11/45. 43 Sqn 10/1/46. Sold 5/1/48.
    A24-851713Bu.4834120 Sqn 8/6/44. 43 Sqn 25/9/44. 42 Sqn 26/1/45. 11 Sqn 10/8/45. Sold 12/11/47.
    A24-861718Bu.4835620 Sqn 9/6/44. 42 Sqn 8/11/44. 11 Sqn 5/2/46. Sold to J. E. Wood 13/11/47.
    A24-871710Bu.4834820 Sqn 23/6/44. 3 OTU 17/1/46. Sold to Sydney Morning Herald 24/3/47.
    A24-881714Bu.48352built 2/11/43, taken on by RAAF 26/03/44. 3 OTU 25/4/44. 42 Sqn 8/8/44, RK-A. 11 Sqn 8/8/45. Sold to Kingsford-Smith 5/1/48.
    Hull used as a Murray River house boat. Currently under restoration and on display at the Moorabin Air Museum VIC.
  • Link to Moorabin Air Museum's Catalina Page
  • Images of A24-88.
  • A24-891716Bu.4835443 Sqn 15/7/44. 42 Sqn 1/9/44. 11 Sqn 2/8/45. Sold to Barrier Reef Airways 10/11/47.
    A24-901717Bu.483553 OTU 26/4/44. 42 Sqn 9/8/44. FTR from Makassar 15/10/44.
    A24-911852Bu.464883 OTU 20/6/44. 43 Sqn 8/9/44. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 18/1/45. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 24/2/45. Caught fire at Morotai 14/6/45.
    A24-921855Bu.4649130TU 18/5/44. 113Air Sea Rescue Flight, 5/5/45. 11 Sqn, 28/10/49. At RAAF Rathmines 1/4/53. Transferred to N.E.I as P223, 5/13/53. Soc MLD 15/04/1954.
    A24-931715Bu.483533 OTU 25/4/44. 42 Sqn 9/8/44. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 1/7/45. 11 Sqn 13/7/45. Sold 5/1/48.
    A24-941853Bu.4648942 Sqn 9/7/44. 43 Sqn 15/7/44. 42 Sqn 1/9/44. Write off Sermata Is 22/9/44 after strafing.
    A24-951854Bu.4649020 Sqn 26/6/44. 42 Sqn 7/12/44. 20 Sqn 16/11/45. Sold to Sydney Morning Herald 5/11/47.
    A24-961896Bu.4653242 Sqn 5/8/44. Lost off Sumba Island, Netherlands East Indies. 1945-01-15. Consolidated Catalina aircraft, serial no. A24-96, code RK-E of No. 42 Squadron RAAF, was destroyed by machine-gun fire. On the night of 14 January 1945, during a mission to Surabaya, a plane from No. 42 Squadron RAAF, captained by Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Harrigan, experienced trouble with its port engine and immediately began to lose altitude. At the time Flt Lt Harrigan was flying at 300 feet below heavy cloud off Sumba Island. He jettisoned his mines, but the plane continued to lose altitude and he was forced to alight on the open sea. The hull of the Catalina aircraft was damaged and began to leak. However, the water was kept down by baling. Using the radio-telephone, the crew was able to make its position known to returning minelayers. All night they worked on the faulty engine, but without success. However, in the morning, a Catalina aircraft of No. 43 Squadron RAAF, captained by Flt Lt Ortlepp, landed in the heavy swell, covered by a Liberator aircraft, and took off Flt Lt Harrigan's crew. Flt Lt Ortlepp then destroyed the disabled Catalina aircraft with machine-gun fire and returned safely to base.
    A24-971897Bu.4653342 Sqn 5/8/44. 11 Sqn 13/7/45. 114 Air Sea Rescue Flight 15/10/45. Sold to C. K. Campbell 12/11/47. Was to have been used by Asian Airlines but was broken up.
    A24-981898Bu.465348 Com Unit 7/7/44. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 1/1/45. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 1/1/45. Sank Balikpapan 1/7/45. Given to Netherlands Goverment, 1953. renumbered as P-244 & scrapped 1957.
    A24-991899Bu.465353 OTU 7/6/44. 6 Com Unit 12/7/44. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 1945. Rathmines ex-11 Sqn 7/7/50. Rathmines 1/4/53. Given to Netherlands Goverment, 1953. renumbered as P-224. Soc MLD and scrapped 01/07/1957
    A24-1001961Bu.4657642 Sqn 8/7/44. 43 Sqn 3/8/44. 42 Sqn 9/9/44. AA Makassar, ditched 23/10/44.
    A24-1011962Bu.4657742 Sqn 8/8/44. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 1945. Damaged 3/7/45. Conversion 1/11/45.
  • Images of A24-101.
  • A24-10242Bu.4657842 Sqn 7/8/44. 114 Air Sea Rescue Flight 29/9/45. Sold to C. K. Campbell 12/11/47.
    A24-1031943Bu.465793 OTU 6/7/44. 11 Sqn 6/12/45. 43 Sqn 10/1/46. Sold to A.N.A. 15/10/46.
    A24-1041959Bu.465948 Com Unit 3/12/44. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 20/2/45. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 18/6/45. 11 Sqn 15/7/48. Used by ARDU with JATO units for trials 1948. Rathmines 7/7/50 and 1/4/53. became P-220 NEI MLD in 19/02/1954 Soc 21/08/1956. The Aircraft that was under restoration at Amberly QLD marked as A24-104 is really ex-RCAF CV369. This aircraft marked as A24-104 is now located at Point Cook VIC.
  • Images of A24-104.
  • A24-1051944Bu.46580Served with 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 28/03/45. Served with 115 Air Sea Rescue Flight 05/08/45. Served with 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 14/02/46. Served with 114 SRF 21/10/46. Served with 11 Sqn 10/11/49. Crashed 3 ml NNE Georgetown, Qld 07/05/50. Crew; FLT LT D. Northey, PLT3 J.G.H. Alexander, PLT3 L.M. Sattler, NAV3 A.J. Brown, ENG3 M.H. Wood, SIG1 R.W.J. Bedford, Conversion to componants 19/06/50.
  • Images of A24-105.
  • A24-1061970Bu.46605113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 14/12/45. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 11/10/45. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight21/6/46. Hangar collision 26/11/46.
    A24-1071971Bu.46606111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 9/2/45. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 3/5/45. Sank off Balikpapan 22/06/45. It sank whilst under tow from United States Navy (USN) Minesweeper 364. This aircraft had been involved in a special mission to the Command Ship of the task force attacking Balikapan. After safe delivery of hand mail to the USS Montpelier at approximately 11.25am, the aircraft had several aborted take offs due to the state of the sea. They were tied up behind the destroyer USS Cofer and transferred at dusk to Minesweeper 364. At night the task force attacking Balikpapan would cruise eastwards towards the Celebes as a precaution against submarine attack, returning the next morning to their shelling position. Catalina A24-107 was towed at a slower speed and a destroyer was detailed to escort the minesweeper. The next morning at 9.05am the Catalina sank, apparently holed after striking driftwood.
    A24-1081972Bu.46607113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 14/2/45. Crashed on take-off Magee Island 25/3/45.
    A24-1091973Bu.46608113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 19/3/45. Rescued crew of A8-33 Ditched 31/3/45 Hareoeka Strait off coast. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 12/4/46. 11 Sqn 9/6/49. Rathmines 1/4/53.
    A24-1101984Bu.46619113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 18/2/46. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 13/8/46. 11 Sqn 18/8/49. Rathmines 1/4/53. Given to Netherlands Goverment, 1953. renumbered as P221, Soc MLD 12/08/1956, scrapped 1956.
    A24-1111985Bu.46620115 Air Sea Rescue Flight 26/11/45. 114 Air Sea Rescue Flight 2/9/46. Rathmines 1/4/53. Given to Netherlands Goverment, 1953. renumbered as P222, Soc MLD 12/08/1956, scrapped 1956.
  • Images of A24-111.
  • A24-1121986Bu.46621112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 2/8/45. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 18/2/46. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 23/4/46. 112Air Sea Rescue Flight 20/1/47. 11 Sqn 18/8/49/ Rathmines 22/8/50. Given to Netherlands Goverment, 1953. renumbered as P225, Soc MLD 28/08/1956, scrapped 1958.
    A24-1131987Bu.46622115 Air Sea Rescue Flight 4/1/46. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 4/4/46 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 7/5/46. Sank Champaguy Is 4/6/46.
    A24-1141988Bu.46623115 Air Sea Rescue Flight 10/8/45. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 18/2/46. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 27/2/47. Rathmines 1/4/53. Sold to Airmotive Supply 05/53 and broken up.
    A24-20061133Bu.44227/JX7173 OTU 2/12/44. Rathmines 1/4/53. sold 5/18/53.
    A24-20161124Bu.44218/JX61220 Sqn 17/2/44. Sold to Butler Air Trans 21/10/46.
    A24-20261132Bu.44226/JX616First PB2B-1 Tall Tail from Boeing Canada. 20 Sqn 17/2/44. Sold to Butler Air Trans 21/10/46.
    A24-20361131Bu.44225/JX61520 Sqn 30/12/44. Failed to return from Pescadores 7/3/45.
    A24-20461125Bu.44219/JX61320 Sqn 8/1/45. Crashed 29/01/45, off Laber Straits. Near Truscott WA.
    A24-20561130Bu.44224/JX61420 Sqn 20/1/45. Crashed on take-off, Darwin 9/8/45. Conversion 20/1 1/45.
    A24-20661123Bu.44217/JX611PB2B-1. 43 Sqn 9/3/45. 20 Sqn 15/6/45.Destroyed 20th June 1945, when tethered to buoy at southern anchorage at East Arm, Darwin after test flight by F/Lt F Jensen. Whilst refueling and being loaded with multiple 250lb Depth Charges, one was accidently released, falling through a timber barge and sinking to it pre-set ignition depth, which went off, causing the Catalina to sink, resulting in the other wing mounted Depth charges to go off when the aircraft too sank.Killed two fitters: LAC Walter A Strang and LAC Richard L Graham.
    A24-30061135Bu.44229/JX61920 Sqn 14/12/44. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 3/4/46. Sold to Qantas Empire Airways 28/10/46.
    A24-30161140Bu.44234/JX62420 Sqn 31/12/44. Hit submerged reef and sank, 03/12/45. Jinamoc.
    A24-30261136Bu.44230/JX6203 OTU 28/1 45. Sold to Airmotive Supply Corp, NY, 18/5/53.
    A24-30361137Bu.44231/JX62120 Sqn 23/ 1/45. 3 OTU 20/9/45. Sold to Asian Airlines Pty, 30/1/48. Then Qantas as VH-EBB, broken up 02/51.
    A24-30461143Bu.44237/JX62720 Sqn 7/2/45. Sold to Poulson & Middlemiss 21/10/46.
    A24-30561134Bu.44228/JX6183 OTU 16/2/45. Sold to Asian Airlines Pty, 30/1/48. Then Qantas as VH-EBA, scrapped 07/53.
    A24-30661139Bu.44233/JX62320 Sqn 9/2/45. Sold to Qantas 10/12/46.
    A24-30761138Bu.44232/JX62220 Sqn 9/2/45. 3 OTU 17/1/46. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-30861141Bu.44235/JX62543 Sqn 9/3/45. 20 Sqn 8/6/45. Damaged by AA off Timor 22/7/45. Conversion 4/9/45.
    A24-30961142Bu.44236/JX62620 Sqn 24/3/45. Sold to Qantas 12/12/46.
    A24-35061185Bu.44279/JX6613 OTU 12/4/45. Sold to Capt P. G. Taylor 23/10/46. resold to N R Carpenter Pty as VH-ALN, to Qantas 04/49 as VH-EBC, broken up in 11/58.
    A24-35161192Bu.44286/JZ8333 OTU 9/4/45. Sold to Mr A. C. M. Jackaman 13/12/46. became P-208 NEI MLD in 1947 Soc 25/08/49.
    A24-35261184Bu.44278/JX6603 OTU 12/4/45. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 16/5/46. Qantas 6/12/46. A24-352 was not involved in Air Sea Rescue standby at Perth in 03/47 as it was at QANTAS for its 360 hour inspection at the time. 11 Sqn 8/9/49. Sold to Airmotove 18/5/53.
    A24-35361187Bu.44281/JZ82843 Sqn 7/5/45. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 26/11/45. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 2/9/46. sold to Australian Aluminium Co., but was broken up. Conversion 3/12/48.
    A24-35461188Bu.44282/JZ82943 Sqn 26/4/45. 42 Sqn 17/9/45. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 26/11/45. Sold to Qantas 10/12/46. VH-ALN.
    A24-35561195Bu.44289/JZ82643 Sqn 14/4/45. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight 26/11/45. Sold to Qantas 10/12/46. Converted to componants.
    A24-35661191Bu.44285/JZ83243 Sqn 18/5/45. 114 Air Sea Rescue Flight 20/2/46. Sold to Mr Carr 28/10/46.
    A24-35761171Bu.44284/JZ83143 Sqn 28/5/45. Sold to Qantas 30/10/46.
    A24-35861172Bu.44266/JX64843 Sqn 30/5/45. Hailstorm damage, Rathmines 25/4/46. Sold to Capt P. G. Taylor 23/10/46. became P-207 NEI MLD in 1947 Soc 24/08/49.
    A24-35961190Bu.44288/JZ83543 Sqn 21/5/45. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-36061200Bu.44294/JZ841Last PB2B-1 Tail Boeing Canada, named 'DAVID HORNELL. VC'. 43 Sqn 30/5/45. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 12/9/45. 115 Air Sea Rescue Flight 1/12/45 Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
  • Images of A24-360.
  • A24-36161167Bu.44261/JX64343 Sqn 16/6/45. Sold to Mr F. H. Bridgewater 27/9/46.
    A24-36261194Bu.44288/JZ83543 Sqn 1/6/45. 115 Air Sea Rescue Flight 19/2/46. Sold to Butler Air Transport 11/10/46.
    The Historical Aviation Restoration Society (HARS) currently fly Catalina PBY-6A BuNo 46679 VH-PBZ marked as A24-362
  • Images of A24-362.
  • A24-36361153Bu.44247/JX629113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 12/11/45. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-36461197Bu.44291/JZ83842 Sqn 23/6/45. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 12/11/45. Sold to Poulson & Middlemiss 27/2/47. VH-BRB (WFS 1/53)
    A24-36561162Bu.44256/JX63842 Sqn 2/7/45. Crashed SE of Mindanao 10/10/45.
    A24-36661170Bu.44264/JX64643 Sqn 20/11/45. Sold to Mr Jackaman 13/12/46. became P-210 NEI MLD in 1948 Soc 17/10/49.
    A24-36761198Bu.44292/JZ83942 Sqn 23/6/45. 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 3/12/45. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 2/5/46. Sold to Qantas 11/10/46.
  • Images of A24-367.
  • A24-36861160Bu.44254/JX63642 Sqn 3/7/45. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight 28/1/46. Involved in Air Sea Rescue standby at Perth in 06-15/03/47 for a Liberator Flight over the Antarctic. 11 Sqn 2/12/48. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-36961193Bu.44287/JZ83442 Sqn 5/7/45. 43 Sqn 20/11/45. Sold to Poulson & Middlemiss 8/10/46. VH-BRA (WFS 4/53)
  • Images of A24-369.
  • A24-37061152Bu.44246/JX62842 Sqn 20/7/45. Damaged Laban Island reef 18/8/45. Conversion 20/11 /45.
    A24-37161165Bu.44259/JX64142 Sqn 23/7/45. 20 Sqn 22/11/45. 43 Sqn 14/1/46. Sold to Qantas as VH-EBD).
    A24-37261186Bu.44280/JX66220 Sqn 11/7/45. Loaned to Qantas 5/2/48. Exploded 27/8/49 at Rose Bay (VH-EAW), Lord Howe Island.
  • Images of A24-372.
  • A24-37361155Bu.44249/JX63142 Sqn 30/7/45. 43 Sqn 30/11/45. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-37461164Bu.44258/JX64043 Sqn 21/8/45. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-37561176Bu.44270/JX65242 Sqn 27/8/45. 43 Sqn 15/10/45. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-37661161Bu.44255/JX637I APU 6/8/45. Sold to Butler Air Transport 11/10/46.
    A24-37761196Bu.44290/JZ83720 Sqn 18/8/45. 3 OTU 25/1/46. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-37861159Bu.44253/JX635113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 8/9/45. Loaned to Qantas (VH-EAX). Wrecked Lord Howe Is 24/6/49.
    A24-37961166Bu.44260/JX64220 Sqn 10/9/45. 43 Sqn 17/1/46. 114 Air Sea Rescue Flight 19/2/46. Sold to Qantas 11/10/46.
    A24-38061189Bu.44283/JZ830113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 1945. 115 Air Sea Rescue Flight 25/8/45. 11 Sqn 14/7/49. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-38161163Bu.44257/JX639113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 1945. Served with 115 Air Sea Rescue Flight 08/09/45. Positioned at Hobart 10-17/03/47 on Air Seas Rescue standby for a Liberator flight over the Antarctic. Crashed Lord Howe Island 28/09/48. Crew; FLT LT W.D. Keller, FLT LT J.B. McCoy, FLT LT A. McKenzie, FLT LT M.D. Smith, PLT3 S.I. Piercy, WO S.H. Bacon, WO D.E. Salis.
  • Images of A24-381.
  • A24-38261156Bu.44250/JX6323 OTU 17/9/45. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-38361169Bu.44263/JX645113 Air Sea Rescue Flight 24/8/45. 3 OTU 10/1/46. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    A24-38461199Bu.44293/JZ840sold to Captain P G Taylor but was never allocated a VH- registration 10/22/46. became P-209 NEI MLD in 1947 Soc 25/08/49.
    A24-38561154Bu.44248/JX6303 OTU 17/9/45. Sold to Capt P. G. Taylor 23/10/46. VH-AGB later to VH-ASA (WFS 3/52). Sold to Airmotive Supply, New York USA 18/05/53.
    Aircraft displayed as VH-ASA Frigate Bird II at the Powerhouse Museum.
  • Images of A24-385.
  • A24-38661158Bu.44252/JX63443 Sqn. S&R Wing/ll GR Sqn 1/10/47. Sold to Airmotive 18/5/53.
    44-34054160844-34054Trnafsered to RAAF, was sold in 07/03/50 to M. Fitzgibbon, of Stanmore, but was eventually broken up.

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