Re: [PBY] Wirephoto of PBY crew rescued 1955
David, thanks for the complete story.
Erik----- Original Message -----From: David LeggSent: Friday, June 01, 2012 8:33 AMSubject: RE: [PBY] Wirephoto of PBY crew rescued 1955
Erik that is correct. The former TALOA PBY-5A N31235 (ex-US Navy BuAer48426) was on a delivery flight back to Los Angles from Guam and suffered an engine failure between Honolulu and Oakland. This happened too late in the journey to enable a return to Honolulu and, with the fuel state becoming serious, Captain Clark Dixon elected to put the Catalina down on the sea after a US Coast Guard vessel had guided the crew toward a passing freighter, the Harry Culbreath. The ship's crew took the four occupants of the PBY aboard safely and then did the same with the amphibian by using the ship's derrick although some damage was inevitably caused during the winching. N31235 went on to have a long commercial career, latterly as a water bomber and is now at Palm Springs , Ca.
Editor, The Catalina News, The Catalina Society
From: PBY@yahoogroups.com [mailto: PBY@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Erik Thingbo
Sent: 01 June 2012 07:13
Subject: Re: [PBY] Wirephoto of PBY crew rescued 1955
Thanks for shearing. Its most likely N31235 on the photo!
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Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 2:03 AM
Subject: [PBY] Wirephoto of PBY crew rescued 1955
Wirephoto showing the rescue of a PBY crew on October 1, 1955 next to freighter Harry Culbreath because of one engine failure while ferrying the plane from Guam to Oakland California