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  F4U-1A Corsair Serial Number NZ5274 Code 74
15 Squadron

Pilot  Sergeant William James Thomson, 431108 (MIA / KIA) Clyde, Otago
Crashed  June 20, 1944 at 1345

Aircraf History
Built by Vought. Constructors Number 4985. US Navy Bureau Number 49738. Shipped aboard USS Breton departing the United States on April 19, 1944. Assigned to the RNZAF serial number NZ5274.

Wartime History
On May 5, 1944 assembled by Unit 60 on Espiritu Santo. Issued to 15 Squadron on Guadalcanal on May 25, 1944.

Mission History
Took off from Bougainville on a mission over Rabaul. Hit by anti-aircraft fire, crashed onto a plantation near Talili Bay and exploded on impact.

Officially declared dead the day of the mission. Memorialized on the Bourail Memorial panel 8.

ADF Serials - NZ Serials NZ274

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018


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