Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina, Bu.No.2418, 14-P-2, Otto F Meyer Jr, Patrol Squadron 14, Kaneohe Bay, Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941

Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina, Bu.No.2418, 14-P-2, Otto F Meyer Jr, Patrol Squadron 14, Kaneohe Bay, Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941

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Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina, Bu.No.2418, 14-P-2, Otto F Meyer Jr, Patrol Squadron 14, Kaneohe Bay, Pearl Harbor, 7th December 1941

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As one of the most distinctive aircraft of WWII, the Consolidated PBY Catalina may appear somewhat ungainly at first view, but actually proved to be one of the most effective maritime patrol and attack aircraft of the war.  With the ability to conduct maritime patrols deep into the ocean, Catalina crews would search for enemy shipping and either relay their position to nearby naval units, or attack the vessels themselves, using an array of bombs, depth charges and torpedoes.  Able to land in all but the heaviest seas, the Catalina proved to be the saviour of many a downed airman, as this incredibly versatile aircraft provided the US Navy and other operators with an effective Search & Rescue capability, in tandem with its many offensive capabilities.  Used extensively by the Royal Air Force, many Catalinas survived to see service long after the end of WWII.

On the morning of 7th December 1941, Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina 14-P-2 was undertaking a patrol off the coast of Hawaii, when Ensign Otto F Meyer Jr and his crew became aware of the Japanese attack against the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.  At around 10am a formation of nine enemy aircraft passed directly in front of his aircraft, before turning in to attack.  In the ensuing melee, Meyer skilfully flew his large flying boat to evade each enemy attack, whilst his gunners returned fire, inflicting damage on a number of the enemy aircraft.  Running low on fuel and ammunition, the Japanese aircraft flew off in the direction of their carriers, leaving the bullet ridden Catalina to search for the Japanese Task Force.

Back at the Catalina’s home base at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, the Japanese attack had left a scene of absolute devastation, with many aircraft destroyed, or seriously damaged.  Of the sixty-one Catalinas available on the island of Oahu that fateful morning, all but eleven aircraft were destroyed or severely damaged by the Japanese attack – all remaining serviceable Catalinas were ordered into the air to search for the Japanese Fleet.     

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Many Aviation Archive collectors will be delighted to see the return of our impressive Catalina tooling to the July – December range, particularly as it marks an aircraft that was based near Pearl Harbor during the infamous raid on 7th December 1941.

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  • Detailed Crew Figure(s) Detailed Crew Figure(s)
  • Moving Part(s) Moving Part(s)
  • Rotatable Propellers Rotatable Propellers
Scale 1:72
Limited Edition Yes
Limited Edition Size 1,000
Wingspan 435mm
Age Suitability 14+

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This Cat Is Purring.

Another perfect model. I challenge anyone to find fault with this Catalina. The presentation is superb.

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A great Pearl Harbor anniversary release

A great release of the Catalina tooling. Some very good news, Corgi have listened to feedback and produced the correct beaching trolley for the Catalina - something that had been missing from the previous non amphibious version. No front undercarriage part is included and the correct 'plug' for the door is in position so all correct..!. The colours and markings look fine and with the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbour this year it is a very timely release.

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