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 […]
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.
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. […]
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. […]
Progress is being made with “Our Girl”. Plenty of work has been going on with restoration of instrument panel and various small panel work on our Catalina, while we are waiting for a suitable area to commence major work, but red tape & processes, have slowed that down. But things are happening. One of the […]
The date for the 2015 Catalina Festival is October 25th., a SUNDAY. Put this in your diaries now. Further updates as to participants, aerial display etc., will follow. REMEMBER, SUNDAY, 25th. OCTOBER, 2015.
RATHMINES 2014 CATALINA FESTIVAL Story and Photos by Phil Buckley In October 2014 a thrilling air display was conducted over Rathmines, where the annual Catalina Festival was being held. For $5 per person, around 7,000 people were able to see a range of aircraft taking part in the 3hr flying display. The core event attraction […]
[Show thumbnails] The HARS PBY Catalina will again be doing a fly past at this years Festival. An exciting part of the 2014 Catalina Festival is our Vintage Car Show. More than 150 cars, bikes and other vehicle will be on display. If you own a classic, vintage or historic vehicle and […]
The end of No. 20 Squadron RAAF Flying Boat Base in Darwin – a national disgrace. Word through today from Silvano Jung, that Darwin has been rejected by the Territory Heritage Minister to list & protect the old Catalina base at East Arm. “The mighty dollar is more important than WWII heritage sites in the […]
National Archives of Australia recently scanned newly released documents relating to mining ops during 1944, code named ‘Operation Granny’, carried out by RAAF 11, 20 & 43 Catalina Sqdns.. Copied excerpts follow here, but all 94 pages can be seen/downloaded from – http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/AutoSearch.asp?Number=3079627&O=I (Copy & paste link in your web browser). RAAF Catalina Manilla mining […]