Catalina Mk IIIa (Great Britain)

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▄Catalina Mk IIIa
General characteristics
6 peopleCrew
15.6 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
4 420 mCeiling
2 х Pratt & Whitney R1830-92Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
405 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Defensive armament
12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
478 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm Browning machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm Browning machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
16 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 2
4 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
2 x Mk.13-1 torpedo (1927 lbs)Setup 4
2 x Mk.13-1 Case torpedo (1927 lbs)Setup 5
880 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 260/1 300/560Repair
1 400 Sl icon.pngCrew training
9 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
106 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
110 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png110 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png50 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British flying boat Catalina Mk IIIa (Great Britain). For other versions, see PBY-5 (Family).


GarageImage Catalina Mk IIIa Great Britain.jpg

The ▄Catalina Mk IIIa is a premium rank I British bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/SB) and 1.7 (RB). It 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".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,135 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 259 249 4 420 31.3 31.9 2.6 2.6 364
Upgraded 309 282 29.1 30.0 8.7 5.1


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
405 450 N/A N/A N/A ~2 ~2
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 220 < 220 < 230 > 312

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.


Suspended armament

The Catalina Mk IIIa (Great Britain) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 16 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (1,600 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 4 x Type A Mark I mines
  • 2 x 1,927 lb Mk.13-1 torpedoes
  • 2 x 1,927 lb Mk.13-1 Case torpedoes

Defensive armament

The Catalina Mk IIIa (Great Britain) is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, 2 x beam turret (478 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm LTC-5
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) MBC-5 Improved Torpedo
III Wings repair Engine Turret 12 mm Mk 12 Mod 0
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) LBC-5
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Good bomb load for its rank
  • .50 cal side and rear sponsons
  • Can land on water and hard surfaces


  • Slow


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In-game description

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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See also

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Consolidated Aircraft Corporation
Bombers  PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5a Catalina
Export  ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ␗PB4Y-2 · ▄PB4Y-2

Britain bombers
Torpedo  Swordfish Mk I · Swordfish Mk II · ▄Avenger Mk II
Dive  V-156-B1
Hydroplanes  ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk V
Light  Blenheim Mk IV · Beaufort Mk VIII · ▄Hudson Mk V · Brigand B 1
Based on A20  ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7
Hampden  Hampden Mk I · Hampden TB Mk I
Wellington  Wellington Mk Ic · Wellington Mk Ic/L · Wellington Mk III · Wellington Mk X
Halifax  Halifax B Mk IIIa
Stirling  Stirling B Mk I · Stirling B Mk III
Lancaster  Lancaster B Mk I · Lancaster B Mk III
Lincoln  Lincoln B Mk II
Attackers  ▄Wirraway

Britain premium aircraft
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  Martlet Mk IV · ▄Corsair F Mk II · ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Thunderbolt Mk.1 · ▄Mustang Mk IA
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  Typhoon Mk Ib · Wyvern S4 · MB.5
Twin-engine fighters  Whirlwind P.9
Jet fighters  Hunter FGA.9 · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper
Attackers  ▄Wirraway
Bombers  ▄Avenger Mk II · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7 · ▄Hudson Mk V · ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · Swordfish Mk II