Catalina boats in the RNZAF

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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby flyernzl » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:36 am

Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4046 arrived Fiji 05 August 1944.
Served as KN-A with 5Sdn relocated to Lauthala Bay
Used in post-war operations at Hobsonville and Lauthala Bay
F/l in sea south of Suva after engine failure & fire 7Oct52, sunk. Pilot S/L S O Field.

NZ4046 at RNZAF Base Hobsonville

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and at TEAL's base, Mechanics Bay


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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby flyernzl » Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:33 am

Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4047 arrived Fiji 15 September 1944.
Served with 5Sdn at Espirito Santo as PA-C and then postwar to Lauthala Bay as KN-B with the reformed 5Sdn.
Hit coral reef Vila, New Hebrides, 9Aug50 while taxiing. Pilot P/O D B Flintoff. Temporarily repaired on site, flown to Fiji & NZ, permanent repairs not carried out, no further use and declared surplus 1950, Disposal #3583. SOC & scrapped.

NZ4047 being launched at RNZAF Hobsonville


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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby sunderlandmr5 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:57 am

Hi Peter

Those photos are awesome, really enjoying looking at
Hobby's awesome history

Those shots of the Catalinas at Hobby are fantastic :)
The one just off the ramp is so cool, that one would make
a great diorama.

I can't find any information on what happened
to that gantry type structure near the smaller
wharf, near where the Hobsonville Yacht Club
building now sits

Thanks for posting

Regards

Alan
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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby flyernzl » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:20 am

Hi Alan.

Glad you are interested. I was beginning to think I was whistling in the dark here, with no-one else around or looking.
A bit of a bummer after the hours and hours of work involved in cleaning these up.
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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby DavidLegg » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:36 am

These pictures are fantastic and you posting them is very much appreciated. Many thanks for all the hard work. I was particularly pleased to see the shots of the ZK- reg ones. Thanks again.
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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby AlexNortonesq » Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:58 pm

This is all great stuff. Thank you.

Is there anything that can be told about the RNZAF marine craft. I noticed a picture of a launch on a cradle in the pictures of NZ4047, and would like to know anything about it, or other marine craft.
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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby MrWidgeon » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:49 pm

flyernzl wrote:Hi Alan.

Glad you are interested. I was beginning to think I was whistling in the dark here, with no-one else around or looking.
A bit of a bummer after the hours and hours of work involved in cleaning these up.

Are you kidding me ?
Look at the number of page visits for this thread.
We're loving it lad, keep 'em coming.
I've saved every one of them.
(Though I did miss checking in over the weekend)
In water flying attitude is everything
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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby flyernzl » Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:26 am

Thank you for those responses. I feel a bit mollified now.

Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4048 arrived Fiji 15 September 1944.
Served at Lauthala Bay as KN-C with the reformed 5Sdn.
Stalled and crashed on take-off Satapuala (a village situated on the north west coast Upolu island in Samoa) 12Dec50. 7 killed, 1 injured. Pilot P/O J J Shrubsail.

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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby flyernzl » Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:31 am

AlexNortonesq wrote:This is all great stuff. Thank you.

Is there anything that can be told about the RNZAF marine craft. I noticed a picture of a launch on a cradle in the pictures of NZ4047, and would like to know anything about it, or other marine craft.


If you can track down a copy of the book The Golden Age of New Zealand Flying Boats by Harrison, Lockstone & Anderson (Random House, New Zealand, 1997) Chapter 17 covers the marine section. Also Hobsonville - Portrait of a Seaplane Station by Bee Dawson (Random House, New Zealand, 2007) you will find that Chapter 7 On The Seaplane Apron has some details on marine craft.

Boat 276, shown in the photo, was retrieved from wartime service in Torokina, transported to Hobsonville and restored, and then saw further use at Lauthala Bay. Quite a well traveled craft.
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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby AlexNortonesq » Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:49 pm

If you can track down a copy of the book The Golden Age of New Zealand Flying Boats by Harrison, Lockstone & Anderson (Random House, New Zealand, 1997) Chapter 17 covers the marine section.


Luckily I can track down this book, by going as far as my front room! Sometimes I'm just not aware how much I have at hand when I ask for something. Thanks for the advice.

As to the other book, ordered it on-line today, and should have it in a few weeks.
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