Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Catalina aileron failure

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    210
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default Catalina aileron failure

    Does anyone know the serial number given to the Catalina that suffered aileron failure while crossing the Atlantic in 1941.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    910
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    Just read about that in Peter Berry's history of Prestwick Airport.

    Consolidated PBY-5/Catalina II AM269, captain F/L J G Fleming. Arrived at Greenock from Bermuda and Milford Haven on January 30, 1941. Crossing time 28 hours 50 minutes. Autopilot jammed causing loss of ailerons. Became 'BN-K' of 240 Sqn.

    Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/C...41._CH2448.jpg

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 27th March 2016 at 20:19. Reason: Photo link added

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    4,487
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 25 Times in 24 Posts

    Default

    I copied the page from Flight into this page on my site, refer to the PDF file.

    http://skynet.ie/~dan/war/w3988.htm

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    6,484
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 38 Times in 36 Posts

    Default

    Hello,

    For a bit more detail on AM269, see:

    Ocean Bridge:The History of RAF Ferry Command.
    Christie,Carl A.
    Earl Shilton:Midland Publishing,1995.
    pp.105-7

    Col.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    910
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    That's remarkable, Dennis.

    FYI, there's a typo, 'AM266', at the top of page 4.

    Cheers:

    Robert

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    4,487
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 25 Times in 24 Posts

    Default

    I checked Flemings Ferry Command card and written on that is AM266.

    in the format

    Date in: (blank)
    At: B (for bermuda I beleive)
    Date out: 29-1-41
    At: B
    Type: PBY
    Serial: AM266
    next line

    Date In: 30-1-41
    At: UK

    rest of the line is blank then
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 28th March 2016 at 11:52.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    910
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    Hi Dennis:

    According to Berry's Ferry Command listing, researched at Kew:

    Jan 29/30 Catalina Bermuda-Milford Haven-Greenock (Fleming) AM269
    Feb 2 3 x Catalina Bermuda-UK AM265/266/?????

    I'll request first officer Meikle's card to see what it reads.

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 28th March 2016 at 15:14.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    910
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Default

    Hi Dennis:

    Meikle's card reads..... AM266. So either the two-pilots' assignment cards were incorrectly marked or there was an issue recording/interpreting Ferry Command records now housed at TNA.

    Carl Christie does not quote a serial in Ocean Bridge pp.105-7.

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 12th April 2016 at 14:18.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    4,487
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 25 Times in 24 Posts

    Default

    Interesting.

    What was the subsequent history of AM266?
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    6,484
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 38 Times in 36 Posts

    Default

    Hello,

    A-B's RAF A/c AA100 to AZ999 (p.91), quotes the following for Catalina II AM266:

    AM266 -240/MAEE/4OTU/131OTU - Hit buoy taxying at night, Killadeas, 3.3.44. DBR.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 13th April 2016 at 11:49.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •