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  F4U-1A Corsair Serial Number NZ5236 Code H / Q
21 Squadron

Former Assignments
18 Squadron

Pilot  Pilot Officer William Hoare Wilson, 43903 (MIA / KIA) Wellington, NZ
Crashed  September 14, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Constructors Number 4867. U. S. Navy Bureau Number 56444. Disassembled and shipped from USA on March 8, 1944 aboard USS Breton to Espiritu Santo.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Corsair serial number NZ5236. Assembled in Espiritu Santo and BOC Unit 60 on March 25, 1944 and flown to Guadalcanal. Assigned to 18 Squadron on May 17, 1944. Coded "H' and "Q". During September 1944, assigned to 21 Squadron.

Mission History
On September 14, 1944 took off from Piva South Airfield (Piva Uncle) on Bougainville on a bombing mission over the Wide Bay area. Over the target at 200', likely hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed near Henry Reid Bay in Wide Bay off New Britain at 8:25am, into the sea. Officially, written off on Bougainville.

Wilson was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at the Bourail Memorial on panel 5 having "No Known Grave".

CWGC - William Hoare Wilson
ADF Serials - NZ Serials Corsair NZ5236

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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