Out of the Wild: Consolidated Catalinas Salvaged in Alaska

catalina salvage  Out of the Wild: Consolidated Catalinas Salvaged in Alaska(Images: left, right by Sgt. Kevin L. Bishop, U.S. Army, public domain)

Two weeks ago we featured a Consolidated Catalina wreck (“Katie”) that survives on the island of Diego Garcia.  Here’s one that has endured in a far more arduous environment.  The aircraft, assigned to the 10th Rescue Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, was forced to make an emergency landing at Lake Dago in 1947 due to engine trouble.  Written-off, she was stripped for parts before eventual salvage in 1984.  The Catalina is now displayed at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum at Anchorage.  (More photos here.)

catalina salvage 2  Out of the Wild: Consolidated Catalinas Salvaged in Alaska(Image: Capt. Lewis R. Devoe, USNR, public domain)

Unlike the Lake Dago aircraft above, this PBY-5 Catalina flying boat from Patrol Squadron VP-45 at Casco Cove, Alaska, waited less than a week to be salvaged.  On August, 23 1943, the aircraft sank to a depth of 30 metres during takeoff on particularly high seas.  She was salvaged on August 27 and was presumably either returned to flight or stripped for parts.  Explore the history of this aircraft type at The Catalina Society.

One thought on “Out of the Wild: Consolidated Catalinas Salvaged in Alaska”

  1. That should be U.S. Air Force Photo for the Dago Lake bird. How do I know?

    Kevin L Bishop, SMSgt, USAF (Ret)

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