Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum – Home of the Catalina

We have been mentioning the PBY aircraft in Alaska, Gwen will further explain the plane. Her follow-up post of info and stories concerning the PBY can be located HERE!

The Reluctant Retiree

Thursday 24th May 2012

Lake boga Flying Boat Museum - Home of the Catalina (1)

“In that hour before sunrise, on the waters of the bay, you may hear the roar of motors, and the swirl of flying spray.

Loaded to the Plimsoll to carry out her role, ’tis a Catalina taking off to begin her lone patrol.”

Partial Excerpt from “A Saga of the Catalinas”, written by Wing Commander Geoffrey Gregory (deceased) No 11 Catalina Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. Full poem (donated by his wife and daughters) on display in the museum.

One and a half hours from Echuca, on the way to Swan Hill, those following the Murray Valley Highway reach Lake Boga.  I cannot account for what else we did in the morning, only that the map shows we must have travelled through towns with names such as Gunbower, Leitchville, Cohuna and Kerang.  However, once we reached Lake Boga, we paused for a couple of hours to…

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  1. Near me is Fantasy of Flight. Closed now. It showcased old planes including some in World War Two. I went into one of them and was amazed at the close quarters. It was a flying coffin. To many died in them including my wife’s uncle.

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    • I was lucky enough to see Wings of Freedom, I believe very similar to Fantasy and went into the B-17 flying fortress. I too found it quite cramped, but those birds brought quite a few home despite being shot up. Thanks for coming by today, Barry.

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  2. Great background on the Catalina in Australia, Lake Boga is just a couple of hours away from me and ashamed, I have never visited even though I have driven through the area,
    It must also have been pivotal to Mildura as well, as we had an Air Force training establishment here, which now runs as a museum.

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  3. Downright fascinating. I enlarged the interior and had a thorough enjoy of how it contained the many compartments. I agree, go cox, it would be nice to see it in person some day.
    Again, I learned that the Aussies were partners in securing Liberty and Freedom. God bless!

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    • Yes, Gwen did an outstanding job here! I appreciate you taking the time to read the post and sharing your heartfelt comments!

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      • And thank you for posting her post! I am ignorant of so much history, but it’s never too late to learn. As a matter of fact, when I was younger, I was too busy to appreciate the sacrifices, too busy at being interested in things that really didn’t matter. You are offering a great service, and treat, to so many of us. We get to give thanks to those who made this world a better place. 👍☕️🎯

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  4. I sure got a surprise this morning when I logged on to my computer and saw all the likes and new followers resulting from the re-blog of my Catalina post. Thank you GP! And thank you to all the readers. I will try to acknowledge each individually in the coming days, but I am very humbled to have such feedback.

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    • Your post deserves all the attention it gets, Gwendoline. Frankly I believe the only problem with it was lack of exposure, perhaps the wrong Tags for people to locate it in the Reader? That’s all I can tell is missing. You did an outstanding job here, thank you for that!

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  5. I lived in Victoria for several years and didn’t know this place existed, come to think of it , it probably didn’t in the 1950’s at least not as a museum. Somehow I feel it’s a bit late for me to go visit and a bit far. 😦

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  6. I always thought I’d like to take a ride in one of these planes, especially a trip across a long patch of water.

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  7. Interesting story and enjoyed reading it.

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  8. A very interesting account of a theatre of the war I was not familiar with. Catalinas were wonderful planes! Thanks very much.

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    • You’re very welcome, John. The first time I saw this post I knew I was going to eventually re-blog it and then Gwen did a follow-up post – what more could I ask for? She’s done a fantastic job!

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  9. I have been there but is was a few years ago now. Well worth a visit.

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