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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
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Date:Thursday 15 January 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A24-11
C/n / msn: 279
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kavieng Harbour (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Three RAAF Catalina flying boats were preparing for takeoff from Kavieng Harbour with a full fuel load and with a 4000 lb bomb load.
One of the overloaded Catalinas, A24-11, hit a "rogue" wave towards the end of its run near the mouth of the harbour, split the hull and the wings broke off spilling fuel. All nine aboard were killed.

Sources:
» Michael Cavanagh (e-mail, 3-1-2015)
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site


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