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Cairns Catalina Memorial
Cairns Catalina Memorial

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The monument was erected by the people of Cairns during its centenary year in 1976 and surviving members of the Catalina Squadrons in memory of the 320 airmen who failed to return while flying Catalinas in the South West Pacific campaigns during World War Two.  Further plaques were added to the memorial in 1993.

The Catalina was designed in the 1930s as a long-range reconnaissance flying boat. The Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) used them not just for reconnaissance and rescue, but also as bombers in the war against the Japanese. The Catalina`s had the highest loss rate of any R.A.A.F. aircraft in the south-west Pacific area. The Catalinas operated out of Cairns during World War Two. 


Address:Abbott Street, Cairns, 4870
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.913447
Long: 145.770323
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 9th October, 1976
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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