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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 20 July 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A24-45
C/n / msn: 1183
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Namlea (   Indonesia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Declared missing after undertaking a long range strike from Darwin on Japanese shipping in Namlea Harbour on Buru Island. The wreckage of the aircraft and the remains of the crew were located in December 1993 by local islanders near the summit of a 2,000 metre mountain.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site


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