|Pilot Flight Sergeant D. Howlett (WIA)
Crashed July 23, 1945
Constructors Number 4977. US Navy Bureau Number 49714. Shipped from the United States on April 4, 1944 aboard USS Rudyard Bay. Assigned to the RNZAF serial number NZ5262.
Assembled in Espiritu Santo and BOC Unit 60 on May 1, 1944. Assigned to 15 Squadron on Guadalcanal on May 20, 1944 with tail code "62". Later, transfered to 14 Squadron on August 8, 1944. Next to 16 Squadron on December 21, 1944. Then, 21 Squadron on June 12, 1945. Finally to 19 Squadron in July 1945.
After take off from Jacquinot Bay Airfield this aircraft experienced engine failure and crashed and burned. The pilot was injured and F4U was written off.
Remained in situ until the 1970s.
ADF Serials / NZ Serials NZ5262
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 59 (lower left)
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January 5, 2018