To preserve the memory of forgotten PBY Catalina Pilots of World War II, documentary filmmaker Daniel Bunker is making ‘Return of the Catalina‘.
“The film documents the restoration of a Catalina and the subsequent flight from Spain to Australia to honor the men who reconnected Australia to England after the fall of Singapore,” says Bunker.
“The World War II flights were called ‘The Double Sunrise Flights.’ They flew for up to 32 hours non-stop, unarmed and without armor plating,” continues Bunker. “They were never recognized for their brave efforts, so this film is being made to preserve their memory.”
‘The Return of the Catalina’ will arrive July 17, 2015, as a feature-length documentary available on both DVD and Digital.
Double Sunrise Flights
From the Double Sunrise Flights YouTube trailer: “Overloaded with fuel and hunted by the enemy, these flights would break the air blockade of Australia and help win the war. The crews would see two sunrises on their flight, later calling them The Double Sunrise Flights. In total, 271 crossings were made across the Indian Ocean without any loss of life. A total of 858 passengers and 100 tons of mail had been flown for over 2 million kilometers. All across enemy territory, unarmed and without support. Feats still regarded today as some of the bravest in aviation history.”
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