The Consolidated PBY Catalina is a military floatplane hydravion designed in the 1930’s in the USA. It is used for many different missions throughout WWII. It is operated by over 25 countries, including as an airliner. Some of them are still used as firefighting aircraft.
“Miss Pick Up” is based in Duxford and operated by The Catalina Society.
This is the only PBY Catalina currently flying in Europe.
She wears the colours of the glorious 44-33915, that was operated by the 5th ERS (Emergency Rescue Squadron), 8th Air Force, from Halesworth in Suffolk in early-1945.
It was downed whilst trying to rescue a P51 pilot at sea (who was eventually rescued and made POW).
The crew of the Catalina was rescued after 6 days drifting at sea!
Aircraft type: Reconnaissance Registration : G-PBYA Operator: The Catalina Society Manufacturing date: 1943 Serial number: CV-283 Livery: USAAF OA-10A Catalina 44-33915 du 5eme