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Posted By: Kerrowdown, 11-29-2020, 09:58 AM

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Good shot. I don't know whether this is a recreation of wartime nose art, but they sure carried some great images.
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Good shot.
Thank you.

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I don't know whether this is a recreation of wartime nose art, but they sure carried some great images.
G-PBYA was originally ordered for the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Canso A amphibian, basically equivalent to the US Navy PBY-5A. It was built by Canadian Vickers at Cartierville, Quebec and was allocated their constructors number CV-283 before adopting the RCAF serial 11005. It was taken on charge by the air force on 27 October 1943 and initially saw service with 9 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron at Bella Bella on the British Columbia coast between Vancouver and Prince Rupert. It was on their inventory from November to the following August. 9 Squadron had been based at Bella Bella for some time prior to the arrival of Cansos, having operated Supermarine Stranraers there. The Cansos were mainly operated from water despite their amphibious undercarriages and were used on day and night patrols, looking out for enemy submarines. By mid-1944, the threat of a Japanese invasion of Western Canada had receded and it was decided to disband 9 Squadron and close the station at Bella Bella. The Cansos, including 11005, were flown to Alliford Bay in the Queen Charlotte Islands, also in British Columbia, and transferred to 7 (BR) Squadron in August. The job was the same – anti-submarine patrols mostly – and 11005 remained with 7 Sqn until it too was disbanded on 25 July 1945. During this period of 11005’s service, it would have flown with an overall matt white hull and upper surfaces, the lower hull being gloss white.

With the war over, 11005 was no longer required in its originally intended role and it entered a period of storage at Moose Jaw before being converted to a freighter in 1948. A number of other RCAF Cansos were similarly converted and records show that they were known, at least on paper, as Canso 2Fs. Subsequently, 11005 flew with 413 Survey (Transport) squadron out of Rockcliffe, Ontario and, later, with 121 CU/CR Flight. 413 (Tusker) Squadron had originally flown Catalinas in the North Atlantic and Indian Ocean theatres during WWII. Reformed after the war as 413 (PR) Squadron, it flew photographic reconnaissance missions surveying the Arctic regions, search-and-rescue and flood relief supply flights. In April 1949, it was re-designated 413 S(T) Squadron until, at the end of October 1950, it was disbanded. 11005 then passed on to 121 (Search & Rescue) Flight at Sea Island, Vancouver with whom it would have carried the hull code QT-005. It was finally struck off military charge on 25 May 1961, having been stored at Vulcan, Alberta, and was disposed of by the Crown Assets Disposal Corp to the commercial company Frontier Air Transport based in nearby Calgary. Prior to this, it had lost both its bow turret and side blisters as part of its post-war conversion. 11005 was about to embark on a new and lengthy civilian career!

In May 2005 when it was repainted to its current magnificent scheme representing a wartime USAAF OA-10A Catalina 44-33915 of the 8th Air Force 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron at Halesworth, Suffolk.
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Fun shot.

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Fun shot.
Thank you.
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G-PBYA was originally ordered for the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Canso A amphibian, basically equivalent to the US Navy PBY-5A. It was built by Canadian Vickers at Cartierville, Quebec and was allocated their constructors number CV-283 before adopting the RCAF serial 11005. It was taken on charge by the air force on 27 October 1943 and initially saw service with 9 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron at Bella Bella on the British Columbia coast between Vancouver and Prince Rupert. It was on their inventory from November to the following August. 9 Squadron had been based at Bella Bella for some time prior to the arrival of Cansos, having operated Supermarine Stranraers there. The Cansos were mainly operated from water despite their amphibious undercarriages and were used on day and night patrols, looking out for enemy submarines. By mid-1944, the threat of a Japanese invasion of Western Canada had receded and it was decided to disband 9 Squadron and close the station at Bella Bella. The Cansos, including 11005, were flown to Alliford Bay in the Queen Charlotte Islands, also in British Columbia, and transferred to 7 (BR) Squadron in August. The job was the same – anti-submarine patrols mostly – and 11005 remained with 7 Sqn until it too was disbanded on 25 July 1945. During this period of 11005’s service, it would have flown with an overall matt white hull and upper surfaces, the lower hull being gloss white.

With the war over, 11005 was no longer required in its originally intended role and it entered a period of storage at Moose Jaw before being converted to a freighter in 1948. A number of other RCAF Cansos were similarly converted and records show that they were known, at least on paper, as Canso 2Fs. Subsequently, 11005 flew with 413 Survey (Transport) squadron out of Rockcliffe, Ontario and, later, with 121 CU/CR Flight. 413 (Tusker) Squadron had originally flown Catalinas in the North Atlantic and Indian Ocean theatres during WWII. Reformed after the war as 413 (PR) Squadron, it flew photographic reconnaissance missions surveying the Arctic regions, search-and-rescue and flood relief supply flights. In April 1949, it was re-designated 413 S(T) Squadron until, at the end of October 1950, it was disbanded. 11005 then passed on to 121 (Search & Rescue) Flight at Sea Island, Vancouver with whom it would have carried the hull code QT-005. It was finally struck off military charge on 25 May 1961, having been stored at Vulcan, Alberta, and was disposed of by the Crown Assets Disposal Corp to the commercial company Frontier Air Transport based in nearby Calgary. Prior to this, it had lost both its bow turret and side blisters as part of its post-war conversion. 11005 was about to embark on a new and lengthy civilian career!

In May 2005 when it was repainted to its current magnificent scheme representing a wartime USAAF OA-10A Catalina 44-33915 of the 8th Air Force 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron at Halesworth, Suffolk.
Amazing that at almost 80 years old, it is still flying.
Hope there are pictures of the whole plane.
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Amazing that at almost 80 years old, it is still flying.
Yep and thanks to the very dedicated team behind her that support and keep her flying.

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Hope there are pictures of the whole plane.
Certainly, here's the link. Miss Pick Up Afloat - PentaxForums.com

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Great nose art.
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Great nose art.
Thanks, but I can't take the credit for the actual artwork.
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Unusual visitor to the Loch...
Well, she sure is ready to pick up ;-)
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Well, she sure is ready to pick up ;-)
Absolutely
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