Airplane Crash - Funafuti, Gilbert Islands, Pacifiocean 07/31/1944

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Funafuti, Gilbert Islands, PacifiOcean


Date07/31/1944
LocationFunafuti, Gilbert Islands, PacifiOcean
OperatorPan American Airways
TypeConsolidated Catalina PB2Y-3R
Registration7233
Aboard24
Fatalities22
Ground0
SummaryWhile taking off in the dark, the aircraft's wingtip collided with the jackpole mast of an anchored liberty ship which had slipped anchor and drifted, unlighted, into the seaplane area. The aircraft then spun out of control, and crashed into the ocean and sank.

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