The Catalina Served with 205 Squadron in the early 1940s

In April 1941, 205 Squadron received its first Catalina and one of their aircraft had the distinction of being the first British aircraft shot down in the Pacific war when sent out to shadow a Japanese invasion convoy. With the coming of war to the Far East, the squadron was engaged in trying to locate Japanese naval forces on their way to invade Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. After losing several boats on this task, it moved to Java at the end of the year from its exposed base at Seletar and when Japanese forces landed it retired to the south coast of the Island and in March 1942 to Australia, where it disbanded on 31 March 1942.




Catalina of 205 Sqn in Hanger 1941