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Catalina A24-385

Aircraft Model:Boeing PB2B-2 Catalina
Constructor's No.:61154
Identities:44248; JX630; A24-385; VH-AGB; VH-ASA
Name / Nose Art:FRIGATE BIRD II
Units:No. 11 Squadron, RAAF
No. 43 Squadron, RAAF

Timeline

3 September 1945Received by No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot, RAAF, ex USA.
4 September 1945Aircraft renumbered as A24-385.
18 October 1945Allotted to No. 2 Flying Boat Maintenance Unit, Reserve Pool.
23 October 1945Issued to No. 2 Flying Boat Maintenance Unit, Reserve Pool.
29 October 1945Received by No. 2 Flying Boat Maintenance Unit, Reserve Pool.
31 October 1945Allotted to No. 43 Squadron, RAAF.
1 November 1945Issued to No. 43 Squadron, RAAF.
5 November 1945Received by No. 43 Squadron, RAAF.
8 February 1946Allotted to No. 2 Flying Boat Repair Depot, RAAF, for storage.
26 February 1946Received by No. 2 Flying Boat Repair Depot, RAAF, for storage.
28 March 1946Allotted to No. 112 Air Sea Rescue Flight, RAAF, temporarily as stand-by during search for Lancastrian, pending arrival of A24-109.
30 March 1946Aircraft has unserviceable airscrew. A24-300 issued in lieu.
5 April 1946Allotted to the Crew Conversion Unit (Flying Boat), RAAF, Rathmines.
8 April 1946Received by the Crew Conversion Unit (Flying Boat), RAAF, Rathmines.
16 May 1946Allotted to Air Sea Rescue Squadron for use by New Guinea Administration.
8 August 1946Received by Rathmines Maintenance Squadron for 360 hourly.
4 September 1946Allotted to No. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight, RAAF.
18 November 1946Issued to No. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight, RAAF.
22 November 1946Received by No. 111 Air Sea Rescue Flight, RAAF.
13 January 1947Allotted to RAAF Port Moresby owing to disbandment of No. 111 ASRF.
5 June 1947Allotted to Rathmines Maintenance for inspection as necessary.
22 July 1947Aircraft developed oil leak in starboard engine at Coffs Harbour.
23 July 1947Received by Rathmines Maintenance.
28 July 1947Allotted to RAAF Port Moresby.
11 August 1947Above allotment cancelled. A24-383 allotted in lieu.
2 September 1947Allotted to Air Sea Rescue Squadron as replacement for A24-381.
3 September 1947Aircraft developed oil leak in starboard engine.
18 December 1947Main beaching gear collapsed causing damage to side of hull and port float.
9 June 1949Issued to No. 11 Squadron, RAAF, Detachment Darwin.
22 September 1949Issued to No. 11 Squadron, RAAF.
23 September 1949Received by No. 11 Squadron, RAAF.
22 August 1950Issued to Captain Patrick Gordon Taylor.
21 June 1962Acquired by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
17 June 1987Hoisted 10 metres above the floor of the Boiler Hall at the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, NSW.

Photos

Catalina VH-ASA 'Frigate Bird II' on display at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

References

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1950, Aircraft Status cards - Catalina A24-300 to A24-386, A10297, BLOCK 144.

Simpson, M. 2017 Catalina flying boat ‘Frigate Bird II’. Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 3 May 2018 <https://collection.maas.museum/object/207900>.

Wynn, R. and N. Little 2017 RAAF A24 Consolidated Catalina. ADF Serials. Retrieved 3 May 2018 from <http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a24.htm>.

Record updated on 3 May 2018.


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