CONSOLIDATED PBY CATALINA

CATALINA SERVICE

Manufacturers: The Consolidated Aircraft Corp., San Diego, California, USA
(In 1941, became The Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corp.)
(In 1943, named changed to Convair Aircraft Corp.)
Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Boeing Aircraft of Canada Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Quebec, Canada
(In 1944, became Canadair Ltd.)
Model: Model 28
Designations: PBY; A-10, OA-10, PBN, PBV, PB2B, PB3Y, P3Y
Names: Catalina; Nomad (PBN), Canso (Canada)
First official flight: (XP3Y-1) 21/03/1935
Factory production period: 1934 - 1945
Primary service period: 1936 - 1948
Last official flight: (PBY-6A) 03/01/1957

CATALINA VARIANTS

Flying Boats

1935 Model 28 XP3Y-1 1 Total: 0001
         
1936 Model 28-1 PBY-1 60  
1937 Model 28-2 PBY-2 50  
1937 Model 28-3 PBY-3 66  
1938 Model 28-4 PBY-4 33  
1937 Model 28-1/-2/-3/-4/-5 Commercial 7 Total: 0216
         
1940 Model 28-5/-5MA
-5MC/-5ME/-5MN
PBY-5 1175  
1943 Model 28-5 PBN-1 156 Total: 1331
         
1943 Foreign built - Canada:
Model 28-5
PB2B-1 240  
1944 Model 28-6 PB2B-2 67 Total: 0307

Amphibians

1941 Model 28-5A/-5AMC
-5AMN
PBY-5A 828  
1944 Model 28-6A PBY-6A 175 Total: 1003
         
1942 Foreign built - Canada:
Model 28-5A
Canso A 55  
1943 Model 28-5A PBV-1A 369 Total: 0424

Grand Total: 3282


View from the starboard blister on ex-RCAF Canso A s/n: 11054,
at this time flying with civilian number ZK-PBY.
Christchurch, New Zealand, 2000.

CATALINA PRODUCTION

Flying Boats

XP3Y-1
Prototype twin engine patrol flying boat, straight rudder.
Revised in 1936 and redesignated as XPBY-1.
Produced 1934 - 1935

Consolidated Buffalo, New York (Y)

BuNo.9459 unknown

1

Total: 0001

PBY-1
As XP3Y-1, rounded rudder, front turret.
Original designation was P3Y-1.
Produced 1936 - 1937

Consolidated San Diego, California (Y)

BuNo.0102 / 0161 1 / 60

60

Total: 0060

PBY-2
As PBY-1, improved performance, equipment changes.
Produced 1937 - 1938

Consolidated San Diego, California (Y)

BuNo.0454 / 0503 1 / 50

50

Total: 0050

PBY-3
As PBY-2, engine upgrade, greater fuel capacity.
Produced 1937 - 1938

Consolidated San Diego, California (Y)

BuNo.0842 / 0907 1 / 66

66

Total: 0066

PBY-4
As PBY-3, engine upgrade, pointed prop spinners.
Produced 1938 - 1939

Consolidated San Diego, California (Y)

BuNo.1213 / 1245
2 to RAAF as A24-28,
A24-29.
1 / 33

33

Total: 0033

Commercial Catalina:
Catalinas factory made for civil applications.
Produced 1937 - 1939

Consolidated San Diego, California

NC777 (civil reg.)
- Named "Guba".
C-1 1  
? (civil reg.)
- To Russia, plus 2 pattern airframes.
C-2, ?, ? 3  
NC777 (civil reg.)
- Named "Guba". To RAF as AM258
then SM706.
C-3 1  
NC18997 (civil reg.)
- Named "Transatlantic". To
US Navy BuNo. 99080.
C-4 1  
NX21732 (civil reg.)
- To RAF as P9630.
C-5 1 Total: 0007


Views from the large waist blisters (introduced on the PBY-5) gave excellent
visibility when searching for downed aircrews or enemy shipping.
Christchurch, New Zealand, 2000.

PBY-5
As PBY-4, revised tail, bubble waist turrets, engine upgrade.
RAAF aircraft Model 28-5MA, NIEAF aircraft Model 28-5MN.
Produced 1940 - 1944

Consolidated San Diego, California (Y)
Delivered as PBY-5:

BuNo.2289 / 2455 mixed 1 to 291    
BuNo.04425 / 04514 597 / 686    
BuNo.08124 / 08549 mixed 1018 to 1503 683  
37 to RAAF as A24-30 / A24-61,
A24-64 / A24-68.
13 to RNZAF as NZ4001, NZ4004,
NZ4012 / NZ4022.
7 to Brazil, 3 to Chile, 2 to NEIAF.
(RAAF) A24-1 / A24-18 mixed 40 to 350 18  
(NEIAF) Y-38 / Y-73 mixed 232 to 388

36

 

Delivered as (Model 28-5ME) Catalina Mk. I to:

(RAF) W8405 / W8434 mixed 7 to 152    
(RAF) Z2134 / Z2153 mixed 154 to 194    
(RAF) AH530 / AH569 mixed 9 to 147    
(RAF) AJ154 / AJ162 mixed 360 to 419

99

 
9 to RCAF as, no s/n change.

Delivered as (PBY-5B) Catalina Mk. IB to:

(RAF) FP100 / FP324
8 to RCAF as Catalina
Mk. IIB, no s/n change.
mixed 687 to 1017

225

 

Delivered as (Model 28-5ME) Catalina Mk. II to:

(RAF) AM264 / AM270 mixed 6 to 15

7

 

Delivered as (PBY-5B) Catalina Mk. IVA to:

(RAF) JX200 / JX269
2 to RAAF as A24-62,
A24-63.
8 to RCAF, no s/n change.
9 to RNZAF as NZ4002,
NZ4003, NZ4005 / NZ4011.
mixed 1150 to 1513

70

 

Delivered as (Model 28-5MC) Canso to:

(RCAF) 9701 / 9736 mixed 233 to 389

36

 

Consolidated New Orleans, Louisiana (Y)

BuNo.63992 1 (New Orleans c/n)

1

Total: 1175

PBN-1 Nomad
NAF version of PBY-5, bow extension, new tail /
floats / hull underside / electrical system, more fuel.
Produced 1943 - 1945

Naval Aircraft Factory, US Navy Yard,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (N)

BuNo.02791 / 02946 unknown 156 Total: 0156
17 to US Navy.
139 Lend-Lease to Russia as KM-1,
later KM-2 after engine upgrade.
124 additional airframes cancelled.

PB3Y - 1942, proposed heavy bomber variant, cancelled.
Catalina Mk. V - PBN-1 orders for RAF, cancelled.

Foreign built - Canada:
PB2B-1
Boeing Canada version of PBY-5, domed front turret. 
Produced 1943 - 1944

Boeing Aircraft of Canada, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (B)
Delivered as PB2B-1:

BuNo.44188 / 44227 61094 / 61133    
BuNo.72992 / 73116 ~28086 / 28149
~60956 / 60977

165

 
6 retained by US Navy.
34 to RNZAF as NZ4023 / NZ4056.
125 delivered as
Catalina Mk. IVB to:
(RAF) JX345 / JX437
(RAF) JX586 / JX617
7 to RAAF as A24-200 / A24-206.

Delivered as Catalina Mk. IVB to:

(RAF) JX270 / JX344 unknown 75 Total: 0240

PB2B-2
As PB2B-1, PBN-1 tall tail, domed front turret, radar pod.
Produced 1944 - 1945

Boeing Aircraft of Canada, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (B)

BuNo.44228 / 44294 61134 / 61200 67 Total: 0067
8 retained by US Navy.
59 delivered as
Catalina Mk. VI to:

(RAF) JX618 / JX662
(RAF) JZ828 / JZ841
47 to RAAF as A24-300 / A24-309,
A24-350 / A24-386.
18 additional airframes cancelled.

Amphibians

PBY-5A
Amphibious version of PBY-5, later models had
domed front turret, radar pod.
NEIAF aircraft Model 28-5AMN.
Produced 1941 - 1945

Consolidated San Diego, California (Y)
Delivered as PBY-5A:

BuNo.2456 / 2488 mixed 294 to 392    
BuNo.7243 / 7302 mixed 394 to 470    
BuNo.02948 / 02977 545 / 574    
BuNo.04399 / 04420 mixed 575 to 596    
BuNo.04972 / 05045 471 / 544    
BuNo.08030 / 08123 mixed 849 to 942    
BuNo.33960 / 34059 1514 / 1613    
BuNo.46450 / 46579 1814 / 1943    
BuNo.48252 / 48451 1614 / 1813 743  
(NEIAF) Y-74 / Y-85 837 / 848

12

 
46 to RAAF as A24-69 / A24-114.
15 to Brazil, 30 to Free French.

Delivered as (Model 28-5AMC) Canso A to:

(RCAF) 9737 / 9750 mixed 393 to 427

14

 
RAF designation Catalina Mk. IA.

Consolidated New Orleans, Louisiana (Y)

BuNo.46580 / 46638 1944 / 2002 (New Orleans c/n: 2 / 60) 59 Total: 0828

PBY-6A
As PBY-5A, tall tail, radar, additional armour.
Produced 1945

Consolidated New Orleans, Louisiana (Y)

BuNo.46639 / 46698 2003 / 2062 (New Orleans c/n: 61 / 120)     
BuNo.46724 2063 (New Orleans c/n: 121)    
BuNo.63993 / 64099 2064 / 2170 (New Orleans c/n: 122 / 228)    
BuNo.64101 / 64107 2171 / 2177 (New Orleans c/n: 229 / 235) 175 Total: 0175
48 to Russia.
1675 additional airframes cancelled.

Foreign built - Canada:
Canso A
Boeing Canada built version of PBY-5A.
Components from Consolidated San Diego, California.
Produced 1942 - 1944

Boeing Aircraft of Canada, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

(RCAF) 9751 / 9805 21980 / 22034 55 Total: 0055

PBV-1A
Canadian Vickers version of PBY-5A. In 1944
became Canadair Ltd. with last 57 OA-10A's
designated Model CL-1.
Produced 1943 - 1945

Canadian Vickers Ltd., St. Hubert,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada (V)

BuNo.03563 / 03592
Delivered as Canso A to:
(RCAF) 9806 / 9835 CV-240 / 269

30

 

Canadian Vickers Ltd., Cartierville,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada (V)

BuNo.03593 / 03712
Delivered as Canso A to:
(RCAF) 9836 / 9844 CV-270 / 278    
(RCAF) 11001 / 11025 CV-279 / 303    
(RCAF) 11026 / 11039 CV-308 / 321    
(RCAF) 11040 / 11100 CV-329 / 449 (odd numbers)

109

 
BuNo.67832 / 68061
Delivered as OA-10A-VI to USAAF:
44-33868 / 44-33871 CV-304 / 307    
44-33872 / 44-33878 CV-322 / 328    
44-33879 / 44-33938 CV-330 / 448 (even numbers)    
44-33939 / 44-34097
- 44-34037 (BuNo. 67930),
later to USN as PBY-5A,
BuNo. 21232.
CV-450 / 608 230 Total: 0369
150 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 3282


Now on the New Zealand civil registry as ZK-PBY, this Catalina was originally
delivered in 1944 as a Canso A (Canadian Vickers version of the PBY-5A),
with RCAF s/n: 11054 and like all Canadian serving aircraft of this type,
was officially named as a "Canso", not Catalina.
Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, 2016.

CATALINA CONVERSIONS

US Navy

XPBY-5A 1 PBY-4(1245), 1939, amphibian prototype for PBY-5A.
(PBY-5R) 1 XPBY-5A, 1945-1946, conversion to transport flying boat
named "Sea Mare".
SPBY-5 1+ PBY-5, possible post-WW2 conversions?
PBY-5AG 1+ PBY-5A, transfers to USCG.
PBY-5A(M) 1+ PBY-5A, RAAF conversions with undercarriage removed.
APBY-5A 1+ PBY-5A, possible post-WW2 conversions?
PBY-6AG 1 PBY-6A(64096), staff transport used by USCG.
PB2B-2R 1+ PB2B-2, RAAF conversions to transport aircraft.
Model 28-5ACF 1+ PBY-5A / Canso A, 1947, commercial conversions post-WW2.

USAAF / USAF

OA-10-CO 56 5 PBY-5 / 51 PBY-5A, aircraft in service with the USAAF.
Assigned s/n: 41-18772, 41-18773,
42-107401 / 42-107405 (PBY-5), 42-109020 / 42-109025,
43-3259 / 43-3270, 43-43839 / 43-43863,
43-47956 / 43-47961.
2 additional conversions cancelled.
2 additional PBY-5A obtained in 1947 as OA-10-CO,
assigned s/n: 47-638, 47-639.
(A-10-CO) 56 1948, USAF redesignation of OA-10.
OA-10B-CN 10 PBY-6A, aircraft in service with the USAAF.
Assigned s/n: 45-57833 / 45-57842. Additional 65 assigned
s/n: 45-57843 / 45-57907 not delivered.
(A-10B-CN) 10 1948, USAF redesignation of OA-10B.
A-10A-VI 230 1948, USAF redesignation of OA-10A. 2 additional PBY-5A
and 1 PBY-6A obtained in 1949 as A-10A-CO.
Assigned s/n: 49-2894 / 49-2896.

British RAF

Catalina Mk. I 1 PBY-5(RAAF A24-2), transfer to RAF, assigned RAF s/n: DP202.
Later to RCAF as Catalina Mk. I. A24-1 reserialled as A24-2.
Catalina Mk. I s/n: AH534 to RAAF as A24-1 replacement.
Catalina Mk. IIA 29 (Model 28-5MC) Canso, aircraft in service with the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: mixed VA701 to VA736.
Conversions: GR.Mk. IIA.
9 to RAAF as A24-19 / A24-27.
14 additional airframes cancelled.
Catalina Mk. IIIA  12 PBY-5A, aircraft in service with the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: FP525 / FP536.
Conversions: GR.Mk. IIIA.
Catalina Mk. IVA 27 PBY-5, aircraft in service with the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: JX570 / JX585, JV925 / JV935.
4 to RCAF, no s/n change.
Catalina ASR.Mk. IVB 1+ Catalina Mk. IVB, conversions to air-sea rescue duties.

Foreign Conversions

CV-14 1+ 1980's, Transport Canada conversions for in-flight radio comms.
Tp-47 3 Canso A, 1947, conversions by Sweden.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - GST (Gidro Samolyet Transportnyi) 'Mop', 24+, licensed Russian version of
   the PBY-5 built 1939-41.
 - The Catalina saw service in many countries around the world into the 1970's.
 - Many Catalinas sold on the civil market as freighters, fire-bombers, utility
   and survey aircraft etc.
 - Catalina civil conversions included the Bird Innovator, Landseaire,
   Super Catalina and Super Canso S/C 1000.

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