PROJECT UPDATE March 2018 2018 is well on the way now with 2017 a distant memory. The landing wheel assemblies have been stripped out and are now in the process of being blasted and painted and their respective housings water blasted, to locate and allow any corrosion to be repaired prior to painting. Most of […]
RESTORATION REPORT November 2017 Restoration Progress: There has been a significant increase in the restoration membership since the Lakes Mail article and of course the Festival, with around six volunteers declaring their interest in restoring the Catalina. Some of these people have not yet commenced but the few that have started are excellent. Approximately […]
August 2017-Project Update Project Update: The RCMPA now has a Restoration Programme in place which took effect in July. The spreadsheet lists all tasks for the project along with the estimated cost and hours for each specific task on the aircraft. For ease of identification the hull/fuselage has been broken down into Port & Starboard […]
FANTASTIC RAFFLE PRIZES AT THIS YEAR’S CATALINA FESTIVAL!!! Prizes Include: · Return helicopter flight for (4) people to the Hunter Vineyards PLUS a 2 course lunch with wine (4) at Wandin Valley Estate · VIP Movies Experience – includes movies for 2 for 12 months, PLUS a gift box filled with goodies · Tandem Skydive […]
May 2017. There has been significant progress made on the refurbishment of our PBY5-A since the last update. Starting at the front of the fuselage, or bow, the complete nose wheel assembly including the gear doors has been removed. Terry Fahey (T2) is currently working on removing the last of the actuating mechanism from […]
A selection of pictures from our ANZAC Service, held at the Rathmines Memorial Park on ANZAC Day can be viewed here, or on “ANZAC Day at Rathmines, 2017” under our “NEWS” drop down link
The Rathmines Catalina Festival Returns! Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc. is excited to announce the date for the return of one of Lake Macquarie’s most significant events, the 2017 Rathmines Catalina Festival. Celebrating the military history of Rathmines, the Festival’s 11th staging will be taking place on Sunday 29th October 2017. All money raised […]
Our latest March 2017 Newsletter can be viewed here.
Commemorate ANZAC Day this year at Rathmines, on Lake Macquarie – TUESDAY, 25th April. The Service commences at 1200 hrs. Marchers assemble at 1130 hrs. The ANZAC Day Remembrance Service will commence at 1200 hrs at the flying boat Memorial on the point overlooking Catalina Bay, adjacent to the Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club. UPDATE: An […]
A heritage flight of the current and former RAAF maritime aircraft was conducted over Adelaide today, (28th November, 2016). Warbirds operated by HARS from Albion Park, NSW, (a PBY Catalina and Neptune), joined the outgoing RAAF P-3 Orion and the incoming P-8A Poseidon from RAAF Edinburgh in flight.
Our September news updates can be read here.
Our August Newsletter can be seen here.
Concept Drawings of Proposed Museum at Rathmines. Progress is being made towards the erection of the RCMPA’s museum at Rathmines. There have been several meetings on site with various parties and BASIC drawings of what would be thought suitable for the site and the area drawn up. The next steps are now in progress, (DA, […]
November 30, 2015 A24-1 Declared Heritage Place. ‘NUMBER ONE IN ALL RESPECTS’ CATALINA A24-1. DECLARED HERITAGE PLACE from Silvano Jung, Marine Archaelogist After 17 years since I first nominated five Catalina flying boat wreck sites in Darwin Harbour for heritage listing on the Northern Territory Heritage Register, I have finally got a response from our […]
The RAAF has confirmed that aircraft wreckage found in waters south of Cairns is that of RAAF No. 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25, that crashed on February 28, 1943, killing all 11 personnel on board. CAF AIRMSHL Leo Davies praised the work of all those involved in locating and confirming the identity of the aircraft. […]
RAAF involved with Association project. It’s now official. The RCMPA now has grateful assistance and support from the RAAF. (page 7) http://airforcenews.realviewdigital.com/
Memorial plaque unveiled and dedicated in Manila in Memory of RAAF Catalina A24-64, “The Dabster” Full story here.
Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association (Inc), held their ANZAC Commemoration Service at the Memorial on the site of the old WW2 RAAF Seaplane Base, Rathmines, on Saturday 25th April at 2pm. The Service was again well attended by the public, along with representation from Catalina Veterans, serving members of the RAAF, including Wing Commander Nigel […]
From Dr. Silvano Jung – (Maritime Archaeologist) * Below is the news release, dated 28 March 2015 from the Northern Territory Government Minister, (David Tollner, Minister for Lands and Planning), declaring the three USN Patrol Wing Ten Catalina’s sunk in East Arm during the first Japanese air raid on Darwin, are to be permanently protected. […]