Photos: Divers Reveal Sunken Wreck of a PBY-5 Catalina

U.S. Navy airplane sunk in Pearl Harbor attack.

On the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, NOAA and University of Hawaii archaeologists released rare images of a sunken PBY-5 Catalina, a U.S. Navy seaplane that was lost during the attack. University of Hawaii dive teams have attempted to photograph the wreckage since 1994; it wasn’t until their latest effort that they produced the first documentation of the entire site.

“The new images and site plan help tell the story of a largely forgotten casualty of the attack,” said Hans Van Tilburg, a maritime archaeologist. “The sunken PBY plane is a very important reminder of the ‘Day of Infamy,’ just like the USS Arizona and USS Utah. They are all direct casualties of December 7.”

Check out the up-close details and explore the wreckage of this PBY-5 Catalina.

Sunken Wreck of PBY-5 Catalina
PBY anchor in anchor well and cockpit (upper right). UH Marine Option Program
Sunken Wreck of PBY-5 Catalina
Silted interior of the fuselage in the area of the mechanic’s compartment. UH Marine Option Program
Sunken Wreck of PBY-5 Catalina
The tear in the port hull and mid-fuselage break. UH Marine Option Program

Sunken Wreck of PBY-5 Catalina
Structure members of the tail section lie a short distance away from the starboard wingtip. UH Marine Option Program
Sunken Wreck of PBY-5 Catalina
The starboard engine nacelle (housing) extending into the silt. UH Marine Option Program
Sunken Wreck of PBY-5 Catalina
Cockpit detail showing portside wheel and throttle controls (left) extending downward (to the right) from the overhead. UH Marine Option Program
PBY-5 Landing
PBY-5 making a landing. USN

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