This just arrived in at Oban Airport (EGEO) on the West coast of Scotland. Literally appeared just through the rain clouds. Makes a much needed difference from the usual 208’s we get here!
During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport. The PBY was the most numerous aircraft of its kind and the last active military PBYs were not retired from service until the 1980s. In 2014, nearly 80 years after its first flight, the aircraft continues to fly as a waterbomber (or airtanker) in aerial firefighting operations all over the world. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_PBY_Catalina)