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The Commonwealth Airframes

Original: 15 September 2013
Last Update: 2 February 2015

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Note: For the purposes of this database, the heading of Bureau Number can mean either a U.S. Navy Bureau Number, a U.S, Coast Guard Serial Number, a U.S. Army Air Forces/U.S. Air Force Serial Number, a civilian registration number, or various foreign air arm serial numbers.

Note: Many of the following airframes were ordered directly from Consolidated. These, as well as other countries, also received numerous airframes either through outright transfer or via Lend-Lease. These are also listed under their original U. S. Bureau Numbers.


Bureau Number, MSN, Notes:


Royal Air Force


Catalina Mk I (PBY-5) Note: Built by Consolidated in San Diego


W84** Series (30 Airframes) These airframes had originally been ordered by the French - Model Number 28-5ME - however with the fall France to Germany, all were diverted to the RAF.

W8405, XXX, Notes:
W8406, XXX, Notes:
W8407, XXX, Notes:
W8408, XXX, Notes:
W8409, XXX, Notes:
W8410, XXX, Notes:
W8411, XXX, Notes:
W8412, XXX, Notes:
W8413, XXX, Notes:
W8414, XXX, Notes:
W8415, XXX, Notes:
W8416, XXX, Notes:
W8417, XXX, Notes:
W8418, XXX, Notes:
W8419, XXX, Notes:
W8420, XXX, Notes:
W8421, XXX, Notes:
W8422, XXX, Notes:
W8423, XXX, Notes:
W8424, XXX, Notes:
W8425, XXX, Notes:
W8426, XXX, Notes:
W8427, XXX, Notes:
W8428, XXX, Notes:
W8429, XXX, Notes:

W8430, XXX, Notes: Transferred to the RCAF.

W8431, XXX, Notes: Transferred to the RCAF.

W8432, XXX, Notes: Transferred to the RCAF.

W8433, XXX, Notes:
W8434, XXX, Notes:


Z**** Series (20 Airframes)

Z2134, XXX, Notes: Transferred to the RCAF.

Z2135, XXX, Notes:

Z2136, XXX, Notes: Transferred to the RCAF.

Z2137, XXX, Notes: Transferred to the RCAF.

Z2138, XXX, Notes: Transferred to the RCAF.

Z2139, XXX, Notes: Transferred to the RCAF.

Z2140, XXX, Notes: Transferred to the RCAF.

Z2141, XXX, Notes:
Z2142, XXX, Notes:
Z2143, XXX, Notes:
Z2144, XXX, Notes:
Z2145, XXX, Notes:
Z2146, XXX, Notes:
Z2147, XXX, Notes:
Z2148, XXX, Notes:
Z2149, XXX, Notes:
Z2150, XXX, Notes:
Z2151, XXX, Notes:
Z2152, XXX, Notes:
Z2153, XXX, Notes:


AH*** Series (40 Airframes)

AH530, XXX, Notes:
AH531, XXX, Notes:
AH532, XXX, Notes:
AH533, XXX, Notes:
AH534, XXX, Notes:
AH535, XXX, Notes:
AH536, XXX, Notes:
AH537, XXX, Notes:
AH538, XXX, Notes:
AH539, XXX, Notes:
AH540, XXX, Notes:
AH541, XXX, Notes:
AH542, XXX, Notes:
AH543, XXX, Notes:
AH544, XXX, Notes:
AH545, XXX, Notes:
AH546, XXX, Notes:
AH547, XXX, Notes:
AH548, XXX, Notes:
AH549, XXX, Notes:
AH550, XXX, Notes:
AH551, XXX, Notes:
AH552, XXX, Notes:
AH553, XXX, Notes:
AH554, XXX, Notes:
AH555, XXX, Notes:
AH556, XXX, Notes:
AH557, XXX, Notes:
AH558, XXX, Notes:
AH559, XXX, Notes:
AH560, XXX, Notes:
AH561, XXX, Notes:
AH562, XXX, Notes:
AH563, XXX, Notes:
AH564, XXX, Notes:
AH565, XXX, Notes:
AH566, XXX, Notes:
AH567, XXX, Notes:
AH568, XXX, Notes:
AH569, XXX, Notes:


AJ*** Series (9 airframes)

AJ154, XXX, Notes:
AJ155, XXX, Notes:
AJ156, XXX, Notes:
AJ157, XXX, Notes:
AJ158, XXX, Notes:
AJ159, XXX, Notes:
AJ160, XXX, Notes:
AJ161, XXX, Notes:
AJ162, XXX, Notes:


Catalina Mk IA (14 airframes, all of which went to the RCAF as Cansos)


Catalina Mk IB (Lend-Lease PBY-5B, similar to the Mk I)

FP*** Series (225 airframes)

FP100, XXX, Notes:
FP101, XXX, Notes:
FP102, XXX, Notes:
FP103, XXX, Notes:
FP104, XXX, Notes:
FP105, XXX, Notes:
FP106, XXX, Notes:
FP107, XXX, Notes:
FP108, XXX, Notes:
FP109, XXX, Notes:
FP110, XXX, Notes:
FP111, XXX, Notes:
FP112, XXX, Notes:
FP113, XXX, Notes:
FP114, XXX, Notes:
FP115, XXX, Notes:
FP116, XXX, Notes:
FP117, XXX, Notes:
FP118, XXX, Notes:
FP119, XXX, Notes:
FP120, XXX, Notes:
FP121, XXX, Notes:
FP122, XXX, Notes:
FP123, XXX, Notes:
FP124, XXX, Notes:
FP125, XXX, Notes:
FP126, XXX, Notes:
FP127, XXX, Notes:
FP128, XXX, Notes:
FP129, XXX, Notes:
FP130, XXX, Notes:
FP131, XXX, Notes:
FP132, XXX, Notes:
FP133, XXX, Notes:
FP134, XXX, Notes:
FP135, XXX, Notes:
FP136, XXX, Notes:
FP137, XXX, Notes:
FP138, XXX, Notes:
FP139, XXX, Notes:
FP140, XXX, Notes:
FP141, XXX, Notes:
FP142, XXX, Notes:
FP143, XXX, Notes:
FP144, XXX, Notes:
FP145, XXX, Notes:
FP146, XXX, Notes:
FP147, XXX, Notes:
FP148, XXX, Notes:
FP149, XXX, Notes:
FP150, XXX, Notes:


Catalina Mk II (Similar to the Mk I, differing in equipment fitted)

AM*** Series (6 airframes)

AM264, XXX, Notes:
AM265, XXX, Notes:
AM266, XXX, Notes:
AM267, XXX, Notes:
AM268, XXX, Notes:
AM269, XXX, Notes:


Catalina Mk IIA (Canadian Vickers PBY-5 contract, built by Consolidated in San Diego ) Note: This batch of 50 airframes was originally destined for the RCAF - under the designation Canso - but were subsequently re-allocated during assembly to the RAF as Catalina Mk IIAs, assigned the VA7** serial numbers. Several airframes were diverted while still on the assembly line and delivered to the RAAF.

VA7** Series (36 airframes to the RAF)
VA701, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9701, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA702, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9702, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.

VA703, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9703, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA. Written off on 14 July 1943.

VA704, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9704, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA705, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9705, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA706, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9706, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA707, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9707, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA708, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9708, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA709, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9709, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA710, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9710, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA711, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9711, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA712, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9712, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA713, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9713, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA714, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9714, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA715, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9715, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.

VA716, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9716, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA. Written off on 25 July 1944.

VA717, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9717, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA718, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9718, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA719, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9719, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA720, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9720, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.

VA721, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9721, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA. This airframe was written off on its delivery flight - 6 March 1942.

VA722, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9722, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA723, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9723, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA724, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9724, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA725, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9725, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.

VA726, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9726, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA. Written off on 20 October 1942.

VA727, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9727, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA728, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9728, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA729, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9729, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA730, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9730, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA731, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9731, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.
VA732, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9732, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA.

VA733, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9733, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA. Transferred to the RCAF as 9733.

VA734, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9734, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA. Transferred to the RCAF as 9734.

VA735, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9735, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA. Transferred to the RCAF as 9735.

VA736, XXX, Notes: Originally assigned RCAF as Canso S/N 9736, however this airframe was delivered to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA. Transferred to the RCAF as 9736.


Note: These 14 airframes were also part of the 50 airframe RCAF order, and were to be delivered to the RAF, with VA7** serial numbers. However, all were delivered to the RCAF. All were modified while on the assembly line to PBY-5A specifications, and delivered directly to the RCAF.

9737, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA737. Delivered to the RCAF.
9738, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA738. Delivered to the RCAF.
9739, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA739. Delivered to the RCAF.
9740, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA740. Delivered to the RCAF.
9741, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA741. Delivered to the RCAF.
9742, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA742. Delivered to the RCAF.
9743, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA743. Delivered to the RCAF.
9744, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA744. Delivered to the RCAF.
9745, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA745. Delivered to the RCAF.
9746, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA746. Delivered to the RCAF.
9747, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA747. Delivered to the RCAF.
9748, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA748. Delivered to the RCAF.
9749, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA749. Delivered to the RCAF.
9750, XXX, Notes: To be deliver to the RAF as a Catalina Mk IIA - VA750. Delivered to the RCAF.


Catalina Mk IIIA (PBY-5A optimized for North Atlantic Ferry Service)

Catalina Mk IVA (Lend-Lease PBY-5)

Catalina Mk IVB (Lend-Lease PB2B-1)

Catalina Mk V (Equivalent to the PBN-1, but not built)

Catalina MkVI (Lend-Lease PB2B-2)

Catalina ASR.IVB (Converted Mk IVBs, optimized for Search and Rescue)



Royal Australian Air Force (Model 28-5MA)

Catalina Mk I
A24-1, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-2, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-3, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-4, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-5, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-6, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-7, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-8, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-9, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-10, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-11, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-12, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-13, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-14, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-15, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-16, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-17, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.
A24-18, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF, but transferred prior to delivery to the RAAF.



Royal Canadian Air Force (Model 28-5MC and 28-5AMC)

Canso A (PBY-5A)
9737, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9738, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9739, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9740, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9741, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9742, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9743, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9744, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9745, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9746, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9747, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9748, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9749, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
9750, XXX, Notes: Originally ordered by the RAF as Catalina IAs, but transferred prior to delivery to the RCAF
 

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