The Catalina was a flying boat used by the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War. It was capable of flying long distances, and did not need a runway to take off or land, making it a versatile aircraft.
The primary use of the Catalina was as a bomber and mine-layer. But they were also used during evacuations, as scouts, in search and rescue operations, and even as a passenger and mail carrier during the war. The motto of Catalina squadrons was 'The First and the Furthest.'
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Reviewed 19 August 2021