Aeroplane Monthly 1986-03
R.Nesbit - Arctic Venture (2)
Catalina I W8406 of 209 Squadron, photographed in early 1941. Nos 209 and 240 Squadrons were the first Coastal Command units to recieve the type into service.
The wheeled undercarriage identifies this Catalina as a Mk III. FP529 was one of only 11 Mk IIIs supplied to the RAF. RAF Catalinas were powered by two 1,200 h.p. Twin Wasp R-1830s.
Another Catalina III. Note the wing floats retracted out of the way into the wingtips.
This Northrop N-3PB served with 330 Squadron, a Norwegian unit that operated with Coastal Command in Iceland during 1941.