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Some notes about RCAF Cansos and Catalinas
 
All the aircraft on this page were ordered by the RCAF as Catalinas, in November 1940.  The official RCAF name was changed to Canso in December 1941, mid way through the delivery of this batch.  All RCAF records were amended to Canso at this time, including records for the aircraft that had been diverted, and never reached the RCAF.  The recipients of these diverted aircraft, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force, would have always referred to these aircraft as Catalinas.

Company number records for these aircraft are incomplete, and conflicting.  I suspect that the numbers quoted in Griffin's first book are from RCAF records, and reflect how the aircraft were first ordered.  The company numbers quoted at the ADF Serials web site probably reflect the actual aircraft delivered to the RAAF, more than one year later and after the order had been shuffled a few times.  If anybody has more information on this, I would love to hear it.

 

Designer

Manufacturer

basic designation

variant or model

name

 

company designation

company number

 

 

 

9701

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

282

 

 

 

 

first date: 25 August 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5, on 23 November 1940 (batch of 50 ordered at that time as direct purchase).  Diverted to RAF before delivery, serial VA701 assigned but never marked.  Returned to RCAF shortly after completion, for use on "North West River flights".  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  First delivered to No. 116 (BR) Squadron on the east coast.  With No. 117 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia and/or Quebec, 1942 and 1943, coded "N".  Overhauled on 1 December 1943.  To No. 4 (BR) Squadron at Ucluelet, BC on 12 January 1944.  To No. 3 Repair Depot on 17 July 1944 for engine change, modification, and repairs.  To No. 3 (OTU) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 5 January 1945, to No. 3 RD for repairs same day.  Crashed in Saanich Inlet, BC on approach for landing on 12 February 1945.  Blamed on glassy water conditions, and sun angle on the water.  8 on board, 4 fatalities.  Wreckage located by a privately owned submersible vehicle being towed by the Canadian Coast Guard Ship John P. Tully, on maintenance test, summer of 2005.  The remotely operated vehicle was operated by the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility.

 

last date: 30 April 1945 - Struck off after crash, see notes

9702

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

283

 

 

 

 

first date: 28 August 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Diverted to RAF before delivery, serial VA702 assigned but never marked.  Returned to RCAF shortly after completion, for use on "North West River flights".  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  First delivered to No. 116 (BR) Squadron on the east coast.  With No. 117 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia and/or Quebec, 1942 and 1943, coded "K".  Flew this unit's first operation on 13 May 1942, from North Sydney, NS - patrol from Cabot Strait to western end of Anacosti Island.  To Western Air Command on 12 January 1944.  To Canadian Pacific Airlines on 17 March 1944, for overhaul.  To stored reserve on 10 June 1944, after completion of overhaul.  With No. 6 (BR) Squadron, Coal Harbour, BC, from 8 January 1945.  Forced down Japanese fire balloon on 12 March 1945, over Rupert Inlet, BC.  Stored at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC from 7 August 1945.  Had 2204.65 airframe time when struck off.

 

last date: 20 August 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for disposal

9703

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

284

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 October 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAFas a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Diverted to RAF before delivery, serial VA702 assigned.  Transferred to RAF to replace Catalina supplied earlier, probably never carried RCAF serial.  Accepted by British Air Commission in the US on 1 September 1941.

 

last date: 21 October 1941 - Struck off

9704

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

285

 

 

 

 

first date: 8 September 1941 - Delivered to RCAF

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Diverted to RAF before delivery, serial VA704 assigned but never marked.  Re-diverted to RCAF to meet urgent need for patrol aircraft over North Atlantic.  First delivered to No. 116 (BR) Squadron.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  With No. 117 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia and/or Quebec, 1942 and 1943, coded "O".  To Western Air Command on 12 January 1944.  To Canadian Pacific Airlines for overhaul on 26 January 1944, completed on 10 July 1944.  To stored reserve, issued to No. 7 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Alliford Bay, BC on 15 December 1944.  Back to storage on 20 July 1945, at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC by 27 November 1945.  Had 2058:00 airframe time when struck off, 100 hours since last overhaul.

 

last date: 5 September 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale.

9705

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

286

 

 

 

 

first date: 8 September 1941 - Delivered to RCAF

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  Diverted to RAF before delivery, serial VA705 assigned but never marked.  Re-diverted to RCAF to meet urgent need for patrol aircraft over North Atlantic.  First delivered to No. 116 (BR) Squadron.  With No. 117 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia and/or Quebec, 1942 and 1943, coded "L".  To Clark Ruse Aircraft for overhaul on 2 April 1943, completed 3 September 1943.  To RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS on 3 March 1944, for modifications needed for use at Western Air Command.  To WAC on 22 May 1944.  Stored at No. 3 Repair Depot, Vancouver.  To No. 3 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 9 June 1945.  Back to storage, at Patricia Bay, on 26 July 1945.  Had 1856:00 airframe time when struck off.

 

last date: 2 August 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale.

9706

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

287

 

 

 

 

first date: 17 September 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  With No. 117 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia and/or Quebec, 1942 and 1943, coded "P". Category C accident at Dartmouth, NS on 23 December 1942, while with this unit.  Had 1645:00 airframe time on that date. To Clark Ruse Aircraft at Dartmouth on 4 September 1943 for overhaul, completed on 3 July 1944.  Returned to Eastern Air Command, to be modified for use on west coast.  To Western Air Command on 24 October 1944.  To No. 3 Repair Depot, Vancouver for repairs and modifications on 15 March 1945.  Back to storage at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 11 May 1945.  Had 1672:00 airframe time when struck off.

 

last date: 21 August 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale.

9707

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

288

 

 

 

 

first date: 17 September 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  First delivered to No. 116 (BR) Squadron.  With No. 117 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia and/or Quebec, 1942 and 1943, coded "Q".  With Gaspe detachment of this unit in May 1942.  To Clark Ruse Aircraft in Dartmouth, NS for overhaul on 17 June 1942, completed on 11 July 1942.  To Clark Ruse again on 7 September 1943.  Modified from 6 July 1944 for Western Air Command, to WAC on 7 September 1944.  Stored at No. 3 Repair Depot, Vancouver.  Issued to No. 3 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC on 14 May 1945, back to storage on 7 June 1945.  Had 1694:15 airframe time when struck off.

 

last date: 7 August 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for disposal.

9708

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

289 (273?)

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 October 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Also assigned RAF serial VA708, never marked.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission on 13 September 1941, received temporary ferry markings "V9708".  Ferried by civilian crews to Australia, arriving 14 April 1942, received RAAF serial A24-25 on arrival.  Used by No. 11 Squadron, RAAF.  Crashed on 28 February 1943, while on patrol north of Green Island, Queensland.  ADF Serials web site reports company number as 273, Griffin reports it as 289.

 

last date: 20 October 1941(?) - Tranferred to British Air Commission

9709

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

290

 

 

 

 

first date: 17 September 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  First delivered to No. 116 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS in fall of 1941.  With No. 117 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia and/or Quebec, 1942 and 1943, coded "R".  To Clark Ruse Aircraft on 19 January 1943 for overhaul, completed on 26 June 1943.  To Western Air Command on 12 January 1944.  Under repair at RCAF Station Alliford Bay, BC 15 to 24 January 1945.  Crashed shortly after this.  At No. 3 Repair Depot for survey by 17 April 1945, written off and reduced to spares on 11 August 1945.

 

last date: 11 August 1945 - Struck off after crash, see comments.

9710

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

291 (or 285?)

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 October 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Also assigned RAF serial VA710, never marked.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission, received temporary ferry markings "V9710".  Ferried by civilian crews to Australia, arriving 30 March 1942, received RAAF serial A24-22 on arrival.  Used by No. 11 Squadron, RAAF.  Caught fire in flight and crashed near Lae/Gasmata on 8 March 1943.  All on board killed.  ADF Serials web site reports company number as 285, Griffin reports as 291.

 

last date: 20 October 1941 (?) - Transferred to British Air Commission.

9711

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

292

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 October 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Delivered new to Australia, as RAF Catalina GR. IIA, serial number VA711.  Received RAAF serial A24-26 on arrival on 14 April 1942.  To No. 11 Squadron, RAAF on 18 May 1942.  To No. 3 OUT, RAAF on 15 September 1943.  To Australian civil registry post war, as VH-BDP. First sold to N.R. Carpenter Pty Ltd., later to J.Botterill & Fraser of Melbourne.  Next sold to An American pilot named Tucker, than on 24 May 1948 to Richard Conway Aviation Co.  To Indonesian Airways, operated in support of rebel forces, their serial RI-005.  Allegedly used to transport opium, to fund the Indonesian rebellion.  Stranded in Jambi River in November 1948 on one of these flights, with engine problems.  Attempted single engine takeoff from here on 29 December 1948 to escape approaching Dutch troops, crashed and sank.  Crew reported to include British citizens.  Wreckage recovered in several steps, in August 1949 and in 1991.  May be restored for local museum.

 

last date: 21 October 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission.

9712

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

293

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 October 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA712.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.

 

last date: 20 October 1941 (?) - Transferred to British Air Commission.

9713

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

294

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 October 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA713.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Paper ownership passed to No. 3 Training Command on 15 November 1941, but no record that this aircraft was ever in RCAF hands.

 

last date: 15 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission.

9714

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

295

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 October 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA714.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Operated by No. 240 Squadron, RAF, marked VA714.  At Redhills Lake, Madras, India with this unit.

 

last date: 21 October 1941 - Transferred to British air Commission.

9715

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

296

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 )ctober 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA715.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Paper ownership passed to No. 3 Training Command on 15 November 1941, but no record that this aircraft was ever in RCAF hands.

 

last date: 15 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commision.

9716

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

297

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 October 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA716. Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Operated by No. 240 Squadron, RAF, marked VA716.  At Redhills Lake, Madras, India with this unit.

 

last date: 21 October 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission

9717

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

298 (316?)

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 October 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Also assigned RAF serial VA717, never marked.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission, received temporary ferry markings "V9717".  Ferried by civilian crews to Australia, arriving on 14 April 1942, received RAAF serial A24-27 on arrival.  Seerved with Nos. 11, 20 and 107 Squadrons, RAAF, and later with No. 3 OTU, RAAF.  Sold to Kingsford-Smith on 3 October 1946.  ADF Serials web site reprots company number as 316, Griffin reports it as 298.

 

last date: 21 October 1941 - Transferred to British Air Comission.

9718

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

299

 

 

 

 

first date: 21 October 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA718. Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Paper ownership passed to No. 3 Training Command on 15 November 1941, but no record that this aircraft was ever in RCAF hands.  Operated by No. 240 Squadron, RAF, marked VA718.  At Redhills Lake, Madras, India with this unit.

 

last date: 15 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commision.

9719

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

300

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Also assigned RAF serial VA719, never marked.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission, received temporary ferry markings "V9719".  Intended for Australia, crashed in USA before delivery flight.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission.

9720

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

301

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA720. Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Operated by No. 240 Squadron, RAF, marked VA718.  At Redhills Lake, Madras, India with this unit.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission.

9721

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

302

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Also assigned RAF serial VA721, never marked.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission, received temporary ferry markings "V9721".  Intended for Australia, crashed on delivery flight.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission.

9722

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

303

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA722. Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Operated by No. 210 Squadron, RAF as VA722.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission

9723

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

304

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA723. Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Operated by No. 240 Squadron, RAF, marked VA723.  At Redhills Lake, Madras, India with this unit.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission

9724

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

305

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Also assigned RAF serial VA724, never marked.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission, received temporary ferry markings "V9724".  Intended for Australia, crashed in USA before delivery flight.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission

9725

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

306

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA725. Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Operated by No. 210 Squadron, RAF as VA729.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission

9726

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

307

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA726. Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Operated by No. 240 Squadron, RAF, marked VA726.  At Redhills Lake, Madras, India with this unit.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission

9727

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

308

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA727. Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Transferred to British Air Commission

9728

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

309

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA728. Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Accepted by British Air Commission on 20 November 1941.  Operated by No. 210 Squadron, RAF as VA728.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Struck off, transferred to British Air Commission.

9729

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

310

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA729. Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Operated by No. 240, and later 210 Squadrons, RAF as VA729.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Struck off, transferred to British Air Commission.

9730

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

311 (371?)

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Also assigned RAF serial VA730, never marked.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission, received temporary ferry markings "V9730".  Ferried by civilian crews to Australia, arriving on 30 March, received RAAF serial A24-23 on arrival.  Operated by No. 11 Squadron, RAAF.  Damaged by enemy action at Tulagi on 5 May 1942, destroyed on 14 June 1942.  ADF Serials web site reports company number as 371, Griffin reports it as 311.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Struck off, transferred to British Air Commission.

9731

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

312

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA731.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Operated by No. 240 Squadron, RAF as VA731.  Dispatched to India with this unit, but returned to UK after being damaged on ferry flight, never used in India.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Struck off, transferred to British Air Commission.

9732

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

313

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Also assigned RAF serial VA732.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Operated by No. 240 Squadron, RAF, marked VA732, coded "J".  At Redhills Lake, Madras, India with this unit.  Used to deliver agents behind enemy lines in April 1943.  Damaged by fire from Allied ship at night on 16 August 1944.  Beached on returning to base, not known if it was repaired.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Struck off, transferred to British Air Commission.

9733

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

314 (380?)

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Also assigned RAF serial VA733, never marked.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission, received temporary ferry markings "V9733".  Ferried by civilian crews to Australia, 8 to 23 March 1942, received RAAF serial A24-24 on arrival.  Operated by several units, and by Qantas.  Crashed 18 August 1943 at Bowen, Queensland.  Griffin reports company number as 314, ADF Serials web site reports it as 380.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Struck off, transferred to British Air Commission.

9734

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

315 (382?)

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Also assigned RAF serial VA734, never marked.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission, received temporary ferry markings "V9734".  Ferried by civilian crews to Australia, arriving on 10 March 1942, received RAAF serial A24-19 on arrival.  Operated by No. 20 Squadron, RAAF and No. 3 OTU, RAAF.  Sold to Kingsford-Smith Aviation Services on 3 October 1946.  Griffin reports company number as 315, ADF Serials web site reports it as 382.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Struck off, transferred to British Air Commission.

9735

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

316 (386?)

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Also assigned RAF serial VA735, never marked.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission, received temporary ferry markings "V9735".  Ferried by civilian crews to Australia, delivered on 10 March 1942, received RAAF serial A24-20 on arrival.   Operated by No. 20 Squadron, RAAF.  Crashed off Misima Island, Coral Sea on 6 May 1942.  9 fatalities.  Griffin reports company number as 316, ADF Serials web site reports 386.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Struck off, transferred to British Air Commission.

9736

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

 

 

 

28-5MC

317 (389)

 

 

 

 

first date: 20 November 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Also assigned RAF serial VA736, never marked.  Accepted in US by British Air Commission, received temporary ferry markings "V9736".  Ferried by civilian crews to Australia, arriving on 10 March 1942, received RAAF serial A24-21 on arrival.  Operated by Nos. 20 and 107 Squadrons, RAAF; No. 3 OTU, RAAF; and Qantas.  Sold 1 April 1948.

 

last date: 20 November 1941 - Struck off, transferred to British Air Commission.

9737

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 11 December 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  Served with No. 5 (BR) Squadron from 16 December 1941, in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, or Quebec, coded "E".  Seen at Mt.-Joli, PQ, late 1942, with full code "QN-E".  With this unit at Gander in January 1943, being flown by a crew of No. 167 Squadron, and famed Hudson pilot S/L N.E. Small, DFC, on mission to determine maximum useful range of Cansos over the North Atlantic.  Took off at 10:00 AM on 7 January 1943, at maximum weight, and soon struck turbulence.  Struck trees near Gander Lake, then crashed and caught fire.  Wreckage not sighted for several days.  4 fatalities, including S/L Small, 3 survivors.

 

last date: 19 May 1943 - Struck off by No. 19 Sub-Repair Depot at Torby, Newfoundland after crashing, see comments.

9738

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 22 December 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  Served with No. 5 (BR) Squadron from 30 December 1941, in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, or Quebec, coded "E".  To Clark Ruse Aircraft in Moncton, NB for repairs on 3 November 1943, following a Category B crash.  Completed on 7 August 1943.  Had 1410:20 airframe time when struck off.  Sold post war to Charles H. Babb Company of New York.  Later on Canadian civil register as CF-FOQ, off register by 1973.

 

last date: 8 April 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale.

9739

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 30 December 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  Accepted at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario.  Held there until ferry arrangements were made.  Served with No. 5 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, or Quebec, coded "K".  To Clark Ruse Aircraft for overhaul on 21 July 1943, returned to Eastern Air Command on 29 February 1944.  Spraying equipment installed from 16 April to 2 May 1945 at No. 6 Repair Depot, for use over infected forests.  Transferred to No. 2 Air Command on completion.  In storage from 16 July 1945.  Sold post war.

 

last date: 8 August 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale.

9740

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 30 December 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  First delivered to No. 5 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, or Quebec, coded "L".  Category C crash at Fourchu Bay, NS on 21 February 1942.  To Clark Ruse Aircraft on 19 March 1942 for repairs, returned to No. 5 Squadron on 30 March 1942.  Category B crash at Gander, Newfoulndland on 19 February 1943, 15 people on board.  To Clark ruse again for repairs on 23 February, back to No. 5 Squadron on 15 June 1943.  Used by the Test and Development Establishment at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario from 16 August to 1 November 1943, and 17 December 1943 to 21 February 1944.  Used for trials of "secret weapon", possibly homing torpedo.  To Clarke Ruse Aircraft for overhaul on 4 April 1944.  To storage at Ancienne Loirette, Eastern Air Command on 7 July 1944.  Had 2301:50 airframe time when struck off.  Sold post war to Charles Babb Company of New York.

 

last date: 9 February 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale.

9741

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 30 December 1941 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  First delivered to No. 116 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia.  Transferred to No. 5 (BR) Squadron c.1943, used in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, or Quebec, coded "B".  To Clark Ruse Aircraft for overhaul on 21 July 1943, completed on 23 May 1944.  Category C crash in early 1945, to No. 4 Repair Depot for repairs on 14 March 1945.  To storage with No. 1 Air Command on 2 June 1945.  Stored at Ancienne Loirette, PQ by 8 August 1945.  Sold post war, no details.

 

last date: 20 February 1947 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale.

9742

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

407

 

 

 

 

first date: 2 January 1942 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  Category B crash 1/2 mile north of RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario on 5 January 1942.  Reported with No. 116 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia in "RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft", but not confirmed by RCAF Movement Records.  To No. 5 (BR) Squadron from January 1942, in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, or Quebec, coded "X".  Category B crash at Bomb Range near Gander, Newfoundland on 31 January 1942.  To RCAF Station Moncton, NB on 18 December 1944, for modifications.  Spraying equipment installed at No. 1 Air Command on 2 May 1945.  To storage with No. 2 Air Command on 16 July 1945, stored at No. 10 Repair Depot, RCAF Station Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan by 1 June 1946.  To US civil register after war, as N68740.  Last recorded airworthiness date 24 June 1983.  Seen at Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, Texas in 2006.

 

last date: 5 September 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale.

9743

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 2 January 1942 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  To No. 5 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS on 6 January 1941, coded "N".  Category B crash at Gander, Newfoundland on 15 December 1942, still with this unit.  To Clark Ruse Aircraft for repairs on 18 December 1942, completed on 15 April 1943.  Used by No. 160 (BR) Squadron from RCAF Stations Yarmouth, NS and / or Torbay Newfoundland, c.1943/45.  Coded "B".  Back with No. 5 Squadron when it carried out Eastern Air Command's last u-boat attack, on 3 May 1945, while on convoy escort out of Yarmouth, NS.  No observed results.  To storage on 6 June 1945.  At Ancienne Loirette, PQ by 8 August 1945.  Sold post war, no details.

 

last date: 20 February 1947 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale

9744

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 5 January 1942 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  To No. 5 (BR) Squadron on 6 January 1942, served in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, or Quebec, coded "P".  Category B crash at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS during the night of 24 July 1942, while with this unit.  To Clark Ruse Aircraft for repair, completed on 18 May 1943.  To No. 4 Repair Depot for radio installation on 10 October 1944.  Spray gear installed on 16 April 1945.  Removed on 11 May 1945?  To No. 2 Air Command for storage on 16 July 1945.  Stored at RCAF Station Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan by 1 June 1946.

 

last date: 5 September 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for disposal.

9745

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 5 January 1942 - Brought on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  With No. 116 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia from 6 January 1942.  Transferred to  No. 5 (BR) Squadron c.143, used in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, or Quebec, coded "O".  To No. 19 Repair Depot at Gander Newfoundland on 20 March 1944, possibly after crash.  Propellers salvaged, sent to Canadian Pratt and Whitney.

 

last date: 4 July 1944 - Struck off after Category A crash, reduced to spares and produce.

9746

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 January 1942 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  With No. 116 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia from 14 January 1942.  With No. 162 (BR) Squadron on 2 January 1943, when it suffered a Category B crash at Gander, Newfoundland, at 15:00 on 2 January 1943.  Had 807:20 airframe time on this date.  To No. 19 Sub Repair Depot at Torbay, Newfoundland on 4 January 1943, for repairs.  Back to Eastern Air Command on 2 March 1944.  To No. 6 Repair Deport on 16 April 1945.  Spray gear installed.  To No. 2 Air Command on 4 May 1945.  Issued to No. 170 (Ferry) Squadron for spraying of infected forests.  To storage on 16 July 1945.  Stored at RCAF Station Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan by 1 June 1946.

 

last date: 5 September 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale.

9747

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

420

 

 

 

 

first date: 5 January 1942 - Brought on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  With No. 5 (BR) Squadron from 6 January 1942, used in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, or Quebec, coded "W".  Still with this unit when it sank U-630 at 56-38N, 42-32W on 4 May 1943, while on close convoy escort out of Gander, Newfoundland.  Pilot was S/L B. H. Moffit.  Eastern Air Command's 4th kill.  To Clark Ruse Aircraft for overhaul on 4 September 1943, completed 13 June 1944.  To No. 1 Air Command for storage on 2 June 1945.  Stored at Ancienne Loirette, PQ by 29 November 1945.  Had 2401:50 airframe time when struck off.  Sold to Frank Ambrose Aircraft Ltd.  On French civil register as F-BBCB, cancelled on 21 June 1951.  To Thai civil register as HS-POF, first with Pacific Overseas Airlines (Siam) Ltd from July 1951.  To Thai Airways Co Ltd on 1 November 1951, possibly still in service 1954.

 

last date: 2 February 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for disposal.

9748

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 January 1942 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  With No. 116 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia from 14 January 1942.  Coded "J".  With No. 5 (BR) Squadron, date unknown.  Also with No. 162 (BR) Squadron, on east coast and / or in Iceland.  Flew this unit's first operational mission, patrol from Yarmouth, NS on 25 May 1942.  To Clark Ruse Aircraft on 20 November 1942, for repair after a Category B crash.  Back to Eastern Air Command on 27 April 1943.  To No. 4 Repair Depot for radio modifications on 10 October 1944.  To storage with No. 1 Air Command on 2 June 1945.  Stored at Ancienne Loirette by November 1945.  Had 1393:20 airframe time when struck off.  Sold post war, no details.

 

last date: 20 February 1947 - Struck off, to War Assets for disposal.

9749

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

 

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 January 1942 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  With No. 116 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia from 14 January 1942.  To Clarke Ruse Aircraft for repairs or overhaul on 8 June 1942, returned on 18 July 1942.  Transferred to No. 5 (BR) Squadron, date not known.  To No. 4 Repair Depot on 6 November 1944, for radio and radar modifications.  To No. 1 Air Command for stroage on 2 June 1945.  Stored at Ancienne Lorette, PQ by 29 November 1945.  Had 1601:55 airframe time when struck off.  Sold to Frank Ambrose Aircraft Ltd.

 

last date: 2 February 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for disposal.

9750

Consolidated

Consolidated Aircraft, USA

Catalina / Canso

Canso A

 

 

28-5MC

427

 

 

 

 

first date: 13 January 1942 - Taken on strength

 

Ordered by RCAF as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Order converted to amphibian before completion.  Renamed Canso on 22 December 1941.  With No. 116 (BR) Squadron in Nova Scotia from 14 January 1942.  Transferred to No. 5 (BR) Squadron.  Later with No. 161 (BR) Squadron, on the east coast.  Overhauled by Clark Ruse Aircraft at Moncton, NB from 22 May to 27 October 1944.  To No. 1 Technical Storage Unit at RCAF Station Derbert, NS on 21 April 1945, for "dog installation".  To storage at Mt. Pleasant, PEI on 22 August 1945.  Had 1517:45 airframe time when struck off.  Sold post war, to Canadian civil register as CF-DIL.  Registered to Can-Air Services of Edmonton, Alberta in 1976, this registration cancelled on 27 May 1982.  To Flying Firemen of Sydney, BC.  Their registration cancelled on 22 October 1987.  To Awood Air of Sydney and Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1987, last registration cancelled in 1993.

 

last date: 23 March 1946 - Struck off, to War Assets for sale.


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