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  F4U-1A Corsair Serial Number NZ5207  
RNZAF
14 Squadron

Former Assignment
20 Squadron

Pilot  Squadron Leader John Crayley Blundell, 39898 C.O. 14 Sqn (MIA / KIA) New Plymouth
Crashed  June 30, 1944 at 9:25am


Aircraft History
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.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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.

Memorials
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.

References
ADF Serials / NZ Serials NZ5207
CWGC - Casualty Detail - Blundell, John Crayley
Air-To-Air page 348

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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