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25 April 2013

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Rathmines here on Lake Macquarie was a seaplane training base during WW2.

The base, with Wing Commander J E Hewitt in command, became operational when 9 Squadron transferred from Point Cook to Rathmines, with Seagull flying boats.

Catalina flying boats arrived at the Base in February 1941, and by September 1943 the base comprised 14 Catalinas, two Seagulls, a Dornier and a Dolphin.

During training, many personnel brought their families to live in the towns and villages near the Rathmines base which influenced the establishment of other services such a school and post office. Still there!

http://www.catalinaflying.org.au/rathmines.htm

There is a feature article in today's Courier Mail about one Les Hall (now 90) who flew Sunderland Flying Boats with Squadron 40 out of Port Moresby during the war.

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