Post 324 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Peter Nugent Kenny

Updated 9 October 2021

Hi Pierre, my daughter found this post today and told me to read it. Peter Nugent Kenny was my father he died in 1988 but kept in touch with Brian Catlin and Fred Phillips until then. He stayed in the RAF first as pilot of Sunderland flying boats, anti-submarine & air-sea rescue, then as a supply officer until he retired in 1962. He was born 11th Jan 1914 and died 11th Apr 1988.Thank you for your post remembering him and the crew.

Regards David


Time to pay homage to Flight Lieutenant Peter Nugent Kenny. I have not found his photo on Ancestry, but I think I found something more about him.

Flight Lieutenant Peter Nugent Kenny was in the water when the Japanese strafed the crew that had escaped from the sinking Catalina. He was lucky to have survived this ordeal as well as his internment in Japanese POW camps.

As always I had started my search on him with this image.


This is a tribute to Flight Lieutenant Peter Nugent Kenny where I took this image from.

Being a Flight Lieutenant Peter Nugent Kenny was most likely the co-pilot of the Catalina.

Peter Nugent Kenny was born on January 11, 1914 in Ootacamund in the British India. His father was James Leonard Kenny and his mother was Minnie Kearney.

Peter Nugent Kenny married Queanie Vandervell on October 27, 1945 in Hampstead, London, England. Her paternal grandfather was Henry Eugene Vandervell, but I am sure you have looked him up yesterday

Henry Eugene Vandervell

Last week I have completed something I had started six years ago. It wasn’t a model airplane. It was about someone’s final mission on Earth. I was somewhat acting as his co-pilot on that mission.

You can read it here…