Aircraft Photo of G-AGFM / FP244 | Consolidated PBY-5B Catalina IB | Qantas Empire Airways - QEA | #203807
Registration / Serial:G-AGFM
Alternate Serial:FP244
Fleet number:2
Aircraft Original Type:Consolidated 28 Catalina
Aircraft Generic Type:Consolidated PBY Catalina
Aircraft Version:Consolidated PBY-5B Catalina IB
C/n (msn):831
Operator / Titles:Qantas Empire Airways - QEA / UK - Air Force
Aircraft Name:Altair Star
City / Seaplane Base:Perth - Nedlands Seaplane (closed)Map
Region / Country:Western Australia, Australia
Airport Codes:None
Photo Date:November 1942 to July 1945
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Photo ID: 203807
Photo Comment

Provided by the RAF during World War II for Qantas to operate non-stop flights between Australia and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). At the end of the war, the RAF ordered G-AGFM scuttled, not scrapped. A bridge over the Swan River prevented it being towed to sea. So the RAF ordered the aircraft by made airworthy again. On February 26, 1946 it was flown to the sea near Rottnest Island where it was sunk with explosives. Except for a wingtip float which had detached and drifted off. It had to be dispatched with a tomahawk. Photo from: Hudson Fysh Collection/State Library of New South Wales

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