RI-006 Consolidated PBY-5A
Indonesia was struggling for its independence, it used the
identification letters "RI-" on their
aircraft and later these markings were transferred to the embryo
Indonesian Airways fleet.
This PBY was the 2nd Catalina to be employed by the
airline. It is thought to be ex PI-C274.
The above photograph,
from the Hugo van de Garde collection, was taken at Maguwo Airport
near Djokja in
December 1948. On the 19th of that month the aircraft had landed
a mission to Sumatra
and back. Whilst the pilot was away, and unbeknownst to him, the
had been seized by the Dutch. Imagine
the crew's surprise when they were immediately captured
return! The PBY was later taken to Tjilitjap and
probably used as spares for the Dutch
MLD's own Catalinas.