|Pilot Squadron Leader John Crayley Blundell, 39898 C.O. 14 Sqn (MIA / KIA) New Plymouth
Crashed June 30, 1944 at 9:25am
Built by Vought. Assigned U. S. Navy Bureau Number 56467. On March 6, 1944 loaded aboard the USS Kadashan Bay and departed the United States for shipment overseas as lend lease to New Zealand.
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) serial number NZ5207. On March 23, 1944 assembled by Unit 60 on Espiritu Santo. Assigned to 20 Squadron on Guadalcanal on May 1, 1944. During June 1944 assigned to 14 Squadron.
Took off on a patrol along the New Britain coast from Cape Gazelle to Cape Archway. Thought to be shot down by anti-aircraft fire a few miles north of Adler Bay near Sum Sum, killing the pilot. Officially, this aircraft was written off on Bougainville.
Blundell was officially declared dead the day of the mission and was mentioned in dispatches. He is memorialized at the Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery on panel 3 of the Bourail Memorial.
ADF Serials / NZ Serials NZ5207
CWGC - Casualty Detail - Blundell, John Crayley
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January 5, 2018