The PBY Catalina is an amphibious aircraft conceived in the 1930s and produced by Consolidated Aircraft. It served roles and maritime patrol and search and rescue (SAR) predominantly with the US Navy, US Army Air Forces, Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force.
Catalina G-PYBA was ordered for the Royal Canadian Air Force and entered service on 27 October 1942. It saw service with No. 9 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron and was used as a patrol aircraft looking for Japanese submarines along the Canadian West Coast.The aircraft lived a busy life after the War, as a freighter, photo reconnaissance platform and search and rescue roles. Entering civilian hands in the 1960s, operating as a fire-fighting aircraft (water bomber) in both Canada and France.