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Australian wartime aviation mystery is finally solved

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Eldorado

Since September 1943 the fate of the crew of the No. 11 Squadron Catalina A24-50 has remained unknown in what the Australian War Memorial called ‘The Mystery of the Black Cat’ – in reference to the matte black paint the aircraft sported for concealment on night-time operations over Japanese-held territory in the Pacific.

While all on board have long since been declared dead, they fate of the airmen and their flying boat remained a mystery, with no wreckage or bodies ever found, and no indication from Japanese war records of the time indicating they were ever captured, imprisoned or executed.

Full story at the Australian Times

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