Catalina boats in the RNZAF

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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby Pondskater » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:43 pm

Those are nice - what a wonderful record of the Catalinas.

I see KN-A has the radar aerials under the wings. I presume the housing above the cockpit on KN-B and KN-C is a different model of ASV radar?

And I too stretched out my left hand for my copy of The Golden Age of NZ Flying Boats - only to find I had hold of Conquering Isolation - I really must get a copy of Golden Age soon.

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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby flyernzl » Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:02 am

Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4049 arrived Fiji 15 September 1944.
Served at Lauthala Bay as KN-D with the reformed 5Sdn, then to 6Sdn at Hobsonville Nov53 0 Apr54.
During the early 1954 NZ tour by Queen Elizabeth II this Catalina was utilized as SAR escort.
WFU 6Apr54, stored Hobsonville. Declared surplus 1956, Disposal #42/56. SOC & sold for scrap to NZ Metal Smelters for 175 pounds.

Getting NZ4049 airborne at Hobsonville

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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby seawings » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:08 am

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.


I'm here as well, watching from afar! Stunning, simply stunning. What's thje chances of including them as a series set in my Catalina Archive I'm slowly building and adding to on the main site?? ;)
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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby flyernzl » Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:11 am

seawings wrote:What's the chances of including them as a series set in my Catalina Archive I'm slowly building and adding to on the main site?? ;)

I will need to check and advise.
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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby flyernzl » Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:25 am

Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4050 arrived Fiji 15 September 1944.
Served post-war with 5Sdn at Lauthala Bay as KN-G
Declared surplus 29Oct51, Disposal #167. RTS & broken up at Hobsonville in 1952.

At Hobsonville

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NZ4050 overhead at an aero club pageant at Mangere 20Mar1949

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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby seawings » Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:29 am

flyernzl wrote:
seawings wrote:What's the chances of including them as a series set in my Catalina Archive I'm slowly building and adding to on the main site?? ;)

I will need to check and advise.


Thanks, it would give them a permanent dedicated gallery - the're too good to bury in the Forum pages..!

But, as usual, 'No' is an option that I understand.

I'll wait to hear from you,

Cheers,
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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby flyernzl » Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:44 am

Boeing PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4051 arrived Fiji 04 October 1944.
Served post-war with 5Sdn at Lauthala Bay as KN-H
Damaged when hit a reef Lauthala Bay 25Nov45. Restored.
Cr on t/off Evans Bay, Wellington, 7Feb1950 when incorrectly locked front wavescreen failed and water flooded the aircraft, pilot PLT3 J J Shrubsail. RTS at Wellington 24Jun1950 and sold for scrap on site.

NZ4051 at Hobsonville

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On the wharf at Wellington, recovered after the crash of 7Feb1950

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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby flyernzl » Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:45 am

There will now be an intermission, as I am away for a few days.
Refreshments will be served.
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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby sunderlandmr5 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:00 am

Peter

Thanks again for posting these photos (and taking the time
to scan them) much appreciated :D :D :D

They are a goldmine in so many ways!!!

The shot of KN-G NZ4050 moored in the channel ( I'd say
just off the ramp) shows how smooth and glassy (mill pond like)
the Upper Waitemata can be.

The take off sequence of KN-G (NZ4050) is superb.

The North Shore side of the seadrome during the late 40' early
1950's is so different today (can you imagine the
grumbles, if flying boats still plied Upper Waitemata?? :lol: )

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Re: Catalina boats in the RNZAF

Postby seawings » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:50 am

Message from David Legg:

“Clearly there is interest in the RNZAF Catalinas following the sharing of these magnificent photographs. I have put together a listing of the RNZAF Catalinas using various acknowledged sources plus some of my own research and ‘seawings’ will make this available. If there are any comments/corrections etc, do please let me know.”

From Bryan: You will find it as a pdf file. Go to the main site/references/catalina archive main page/scroll down and click the link in the bottom right box. :D
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