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Cairns Catalina Memorial
Cairns Catalina Memorial

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Memorial erected by 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 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 RAAF aircraft in the south-west Pacific area. The Catalinas operated out of Cairns during World War Two. 

Location

Address:Abbott Street, Cairns, 4870
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.913447
Long: 145.770323
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 9th October, 1976
Source: MIV,QWMR,MA
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