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    Does anyone know the fate of the Canadian built Catalina JX632? It was photographed at a wintery RAF Helensburgh early in 1945 while undergoing tail and rudder trials. Andrew Hendrie in his 'bible' Flying Cats confirms JX 632 as being solely attached to the MAEE at Helensburgh but its fate is then unknown. Hendrie traced the fate of just about every Cat except for JX632 and oddly JX 630 from the the same litter. So what became of these two stray Cats? Particularly JX632. robin bird

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    Went to RAAF as A24-382 (http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_seria...rdseries5.html and http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a24.htm). Sold to Air Motive in 1953. Photo here http://www.aviationbanter.com/attach...0&d=1320061608

    Edit: JX630 went the same way (see the Joe Baugher link); possibly now on static display at Powerhouse Museum NSW, Australia.

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    Brian, thank you from your prompt reply! I have now traced every Catalina that was with the MAEE during WW11

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    Robin:

    JX632 was ferried Bermuda to UK December 20/21, 1944. Don't have JX630.

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    have I lost my Cat again? Post war JX630 ends up as a display aircraft at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. JX 632 was sold to Airmotive in 1953 and then?

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    If you go to https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Po...Q148n50liHM%3A

    I think you will find a photo of JX630 on display in the sixth line of photos. You could write to the museum to ask for its history and how Automotive supplied the aircraft. Email info@maas.museum .

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    Unless I've misinterpreted the information JX632, aka A24-382, appears to have been still flying in 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eps9pZJEr-M .

    I'm pretty sure this aerial shot is JX632/A24-382 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpgMBucsC2Y

    All I'm doing are simple searches of the internet.

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    Hello,

    History of JX630/A24-385/VH-ASA, here: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/coll...se/?irn=207900

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    You could contact the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society which is based at Illawarra to see if the aircraft is indeed A24-382 - http://hars.org.au/contact-us/ ,

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    I will contact Illawarra as the you tube clip portraying A24 382 actually shows a Cat with AH24 662 on its tail. My elusive cat ex JX632 may still be in Australia somewhere.. Thank you again for the feedback
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