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  F4U-1A Corsair Serial Number NZ5236 Code H/Q
RNZAF
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. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A bureau number 56444. Disassembled and loaded aboard USS Breton (CVE-23) as cargo. On March 6, 1944 departed the United States as part of defense aid to New Zealand and unloaded in Espiritu Santo.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Corsair serial number NZ5236. On March 25, 1944 reassembled in Espiritu Santo and BOC Unit 60 then flown to Guadalcanal. On May 17, 1944 assigned to 18 Squadron Coded "H' and "Q". During September 1944, assigned to 21 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

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

Memorials
Wilson was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery at the Bourail Memorial on panel 5.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1A Corsair 56444

"56444 (MSN 4867) to New Zealand as NZ5236"
ADF Serials - NZ Serials Corsair NZ5236
CWGC - William Hoare Wilson

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Last Updated
June 9, 2018

 

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