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The Invergordon Archive

Recovery of a Consolidated PBY Catalina Flying Boat
The Invergordon Archive
Recovery of a Consolidated PBY Catalina Flying Boat

Catalina AH531 0f 4(C)OTU being readied for loading on to a recovery vehicle. This aircraft sank during a gale on 5th September 1942.
Picture added on 21 November 2010 at 18:18
If I remember right there were 5 Catalinas sunk that night from, what was said at the time, somebody had left the side blisters open. The shed in the background is the old cement shed and behind it was the ferry slip. Most of the planes that were salvaged were brought into the beach between the slip and RAF pier. When the planes were taken out of the water they were placed on the spare ground between Ferry Row and the slip. I can remember Catalinas, Sunderlands, Lerwicks, a London double winger and a Beaufighter all being brought in by the anchor boat and dumped there to be pulled up. One of the first planes I can remember being pulled in was a Sunderland and they brought it in on the sandbank on the side of the slip opposite from the RAF pier. They had a long line of RAF trucks shackled together and going up Mackies Lane it wasn’t very successful and after that they were landed on the opposite side as it was deeper there and the mooring boat could bring them closer inshore.
Added by Doug Will on 22 November 2010
An interesting picture and comment by Doug Will. I am researching my father's RAF record and believe he was at Invergordon before going to Malta. A message to Doug: Do you have any further details of the Squadrons and servicing staff? Please let me know. Tony Smith
Added by Tony Smith on 28 January 2011
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