PBM-3 emergency landing on Willcox Playa, Arizona, March 1944

Seaplane loses engine over southern Arizona

Suffering engine failure in a seaplane over southern Arizona quickly presents many challenges.  No water, no wheels, losing altitude, and you need to quickly land.  Pilot Scott Fitzgerald aimed his seaplane for Willcox Dry Lake and successfully landed the ailing aircraft. 


Navy personnel repaired the aircraft. The plane was flown off the Playa using a beaching gear for wheels and a makeshift runway.


I would appreciate somebody confirming the date and BuNo of the seaplane.

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