Monday 26th May, 2014
“History that is not remembered is history that never happened.”
(PBY Catalina Foundation).
A small number of local Catalina veterans gathered at Rathmines Memorial Park today.
They were invited along to hear first hand, the progress of the Association’s plans for restoring a Catalina for static display, the building of a suitable structure to house the display, along with collected memorabilia, and future housing of the VH-CAT, the Catalina presently undergoing restoration at Bankstown, in Sydney.
Whilst enjoying the beautiful weather, they enjoyed a picnic hamper, put together by Association President Penny Wearne, and also reminisce on times past, whilst stationed at Rathmines and serving further afield. Tales, both serious and humorous, were told from their memories of life at Rathmines during ww2. These stories were recorded, and will be added to the collection of the Association and the future museum. (The occasional ‘yarn’ was told with ‘no names, no pack drill’!)
Later in the afternoon, they were taken into Toronto to see first hand the restoration already under way on ‘Our Girl’ and meet with volunteers working on the project. Those that were able, climbed into the fuselage to inspect the interior condition of the aircraft, and talk about their position and jobs whilst flying on the Catalina during ww2.