G-AGID. Consolidated Vultee Model 28-5 PBY-5 Catalina IVA. c/n 182 / 1109.
This aircraft was built by Consolidated Aircraft Corporation at San Diego, California - 1943
It was allocated the Construction Number '182' with the Hull Number '1109'
It was intended for the Royal Air Force under the 'Lend/Lease' program as 'JX575'
First flown at San Diego - January 1943
Departed San Diego on the ferry flight to the United Kingdom - January 12, 1943
This aircraft was not taken-up by the Royal Air Force but reallocated to British Overseas Airways Corporation
Entered onto the British Aircraft Register as G-AGID (CofR 9460/1) - July 05, 1943
Registered to British Overseas Airways Corporation, Clifton, Bristol (BOAC's wartime headquarters)
The Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA No. 7003) issued - July 21, 1943
Ferried Poole - Hythe to undergo modifications prior to transfer to Indian Ocean services with Q.E.A.
Departed Poole on the ferry flight to Australia as DE232 - August 15, 1943
It arrived at Perth on completion of the ferry flight - August 31, 1943
Ferry route: Poole - Foynes - Lisbon - Gibraltar - Malta - Cairo - Bahrain - Karachi - Madras -
Colombo - Cocos Islands - Perth
This aircraft was to be operated by Qantas Empire Airways on the Indian Ocean services from Perth
The aircraft was named 'Rigel Star' and allocated the Fleet Number '3'
Operated its first service with Qantas Empire Airways Perth - Koggala as 2Q8 - September 08 - 09, 1943
Operated its final Qantas Empire Airways service Koggala - Perth as a special flight 1Q135 - July 23 - 24, 1945
It was withdrawn from service and stored at Nedlands, Crawley Bay, Perth - July 24, 1945
Cancelled from the British Aircraft Register - November 28, 1945
Under the Lend / Lease agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, this aircraft had to
be returned to the United Kingdom or destroyed once it had been withdrawn from service
The Royal Air Force representatives in Australia at that time deemed that the aircraft must be destroyed
It was intended to scuttle the aircraft off Rottnest Island (near Perth)
As the Perth - Fremantle road bridge had been improved it was not possible to tow the aircraft out of Crawley Bay
The R.A.F. directed that the aircraft be made airworthy and flown to a point some 5 - 18 miles off the coast of
Rottnest Island and then scuttled in approximately 200 metres of water
Test flown at Nedlands - January 29, 1946
Flown to a location near Rottnest Island and scutttled in approximately 200 metres of water - January 30, 1946
After the scuttling, the General Manager of Qantas Empire Airways, Hudson Fysh, was scathing that a decision was
made to scuttle a perfectly good Catalina, that had been used on the Indian Ocean service, when the
airline was critically short of capacity following the end of World War II
To view the Operational Record of this aircraft please click 'HERE'