RETURN OF THE CATALINA - FILM PREMIERE
Classic Flyers in Tauranga brings attention to unsung war heroes of World War II by hosting the
New Zealand film premiere of the Return of the Catalina, on August 22nd.
In 1943, a few brave aviators flew top secret missions to reconnect Australia and New Zealand, to England after the fall of Singapore. They provided a vital lifeline for the allied war effort, flying across enemy territory in unarmed Catalina flying boats for up to 32 hours, carrying secret cargo and VIPs.
These flying boats were in the air for so long that they were given the name of the Double Sunrise Flights. These few brave aviators achieved what many thought was impossible - reconnecting an empire on the brink of collapse. Despite all of this, the crews were never recognised for their brave efforts, until now.
Finally these unsung war heroes have been recognised in a feature length documentary by
filmmaker Daniel Bunker. The Return of the Catalina follows a band of bold aviators as they
restore and fly a 70 year old Catalina flying boat halfway across the world from Spain to Australia in order to recognise these unsung war heroes.
To see a theatrical trailer of this film click here to visit the official web site of Return of the Catalina
On Saturday 22nd August the film premier was held at Classic Flyers in Tauranga and around 80 people attended. Everyone enjoyed the light refreshments and one lucky person won the raffle for a Catalina Art Print, Book and DVD.
All agreed the moive was really well done with plenty of drame and humour mixed in and some stunning footage of the Catalina in flight.
We look forward to the DVD being released to the general market in the months to come.