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  F4U-1A Corsair Serial Number NZ5394 Code 394
RNZAF
16 Squadron

Former Assignments
22 Squadron

Pilot  Flight Lieutenant Graham Cargill Howie (KIA, BR) Kiwitahi, Auckland, NZ
Crashed  June 13, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Constructors Number 5545. US Navy Bureau Number 50298. Shipped from United States on June 11, 1944 aboard USS Coolee Dam.

Unloaded on Espiritu Santo and assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and BOC Unit 60 on July 3, 1944. On December 14, 1944 assigned to 22 Squadron coded "394". On April 27, 1945 assigned to 16 Squadron operating from Piva South Airfield (Piva Uncle) on Bougainville.

Mission History
On June 13, 1945 took off from Piva South Airfield (Piva Uncle) at 8:05am on a test flight. Shortly after takeoff, this Corsair suffered an engine failure and made a wheels up crash landing in the jungle, killing the pilot. Afterwards, this aircraft was written off on Bougainville.

Memorials
Howie was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the crash, his remains were recovered and temporarily buried on Bougainville. Postwar, he was permanently buried at the Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery at grave 5. 2.

References
ADF Serials - NZ Serials Corsair NZ5394
CWGC - Graham Cargill Howie

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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