VH-BRA. Boeing PB2B-2R Catalina. c/n 61193.
Built by Boeing for the United States Navy but not taken up
Allocated Bu 44287
Allocated to the Royal Air Force as a Catalina VI JZ834 but not taken up
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force as A24-369 - May 31, 1945
Issued to No 42 Squadron at Melville Bay, Darwin - July 5, 1945
Issued to No 43 Squadron - November 20, 1945
Withdrawn from use and stored at Rathmines, Newcastle - ?
Surplus to requirements and struck-off-charge - ?
Sold to Christian Poulson & Stewart Middlemiss via Commonwealth Disposal Commission - October 8, 1946
Sale price was 500 Pounds
Poulson & Middlemiss had started Barrier Reef Airways
Ferried Rathmines-Colmsie, Brisbane River Base, Hamilton, Queensland - 1946
Converted to seat 22 pasengers in four cabins
Flew a survey / check flight Brisbane-Gladstone-Heron Island - January 16, 1947
Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-BRA - January 29, 1947
Registered to Barrier Reef Airways Ltd
Aircraft was named 'The Beachcomber'
Operated a charter flight Brisbane-Rockhampton-Mackay-Lindeman Island-Hayman Island-Bowen-Townsville
Brisbane to allow Reginald M. Ansett to inspect various islands - June 25, 1947
After this flight Reg Ansett took a 99 year lease on Hayman Island
Operated first Barrier Reef scheduled service Brisbane-Gladstone-Heron Island - July 12, 1947
Flight crew: Capt S. Middlemiss; F/O F. Kelly
Operated first Barrier Reef Airways Brisbane-Daydream Island service - December 8, 1947
Withdrawn from use and moored at Colmslie without engines - October 1951
Ownership transferred to Ansett Flying Boats - December 15, 1952
Registered to Ansett Flying Boat Services - March 31, 1953
It did not return to service following its mooring at Colmslie in 1951
Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - May 21, 1953
Sold for scrap and broken up at Colmslie
VH-BRA. Barrier Reef Airways - in the original livery at Heron Island, circa 1947.