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.'
The Catalina Branch of the Royal Australian Air Force Association will be supported by students and staff of Wesley College at this service.
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Reviewed 31 July 2021