Catalina Mk IIIa (Great Britain)
|This page is about the British flying boat Catalina Mk IIIa (Great Britain). For other uses, see PBY-5 (Family).|
The ▄Catalina Mk IIIa is a rank I British flying boat with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/SB) and 1.7 (RB). This aircraft was initially introduced in Update 1.43 as the Catalina Mk IVa, however, it was changed to its current version in Update 1.57 "Battle March".
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,420 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,420 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 220||< 220||< 230||> 200|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|1,886 m||2,100 hp||2,982 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 9.5 mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat.
- 4.7 mm and 6.35 mm Steel plates in the
- 6.35 mm Steel plate in the tail in front of ventral gunner.
- No armour glazing
- Critical components located in the front and wings of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
The Catalina Mk IIIa (Great Britain) can be outfitted with the following ordinance"
- 16 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
- 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
- 4 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
- 2 x 2,216 lb Mk.13 torpedoes
- 2 x 2,216 lb Mk.13/44 torpedoes
The Catalina Mk IIIa (Great Britain) is defended by:
- 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, 2 x beam turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
- 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, tail turret (500 rpg)
- 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
Usage in the battles
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable||Controllable||Not controllable||Controllable||Combined||Not controllable||Not controllable|
Pros and cons
- Good bomb load for its rank
- .50 cal side and rear sponsons
- Can land on water and hard surfaces
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The Consolidated PBY Catalina was a twin engine, multi-role flying boat which was employed primarily as a maritime patrol aircraft. A development of Consolidated’s P2Y flying boat, the aircraft adopted the same parasol wing but in a far more streamlined design with less struts and bracing wires and retractable stabilizing floats. The prototype XP3Y-1 first flew on March 28th 1935 before carrying out a highly successful series of service trials with the US Navy. Impressed by its long range, the US Navy requested that Consolidated Aircraft make further modifications to increase the aircraft’s offensive capability. The original 825 hp engines were increased to 900 hp Pratt and Whitney R-1830-64 engines and the vertical fin was modified. The improved aircraft, now designated the X-PBY-1, broke records by carrying out the furthest nonstop distance flight of 3443 miles. The PBY entered service with the US Navy in October 1936.
By the time Britain’s Royal Air Force had shown a serious interest in the aircraft, it had gone further improvements, not least of which was the installation of two 1000 hp Twin Wasp engines. The British Air Ministry purchased a single aircraft for evaluation purposes in 1939, and ordered 50 shortly afterwards under the designation of Catalina I – a name which would later be adopted by the US Navy also. British and Commonwealth Catalinas differed from their American counterparts mainly by the replacement of American weapons with British ones. The Catalina I entered service with Nos.209 and 240 Squadrons of RAF Coastal Command in 1941. A popular and capable aircraft, orders were also secured for Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. In the hands of Coastal Command crews, the Catalina proved to be an effective and much feared U-boat killer.
The Catalina Mk.IVa was the British designation for the PBY-5 variant; powered by two 1200 hp Twin Wasps, this aircraft was capable of reaching speeds of up to 179 mph at 7000 feet and had a range of over 2500 miles. Armed with defensive machine guns in four positions, the Catalina Mk.IV’s main offensive capability lay with its 4000 lbs of bombs or depth charges. One of the most famous and effective maritime patrol aircraft of the entire war, the true testament to the Catalina lies in the fact that many are still in service with civilian agencies across the globe to this day.
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