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  F4U-1D Corsair Serial Number NZ5415  
RNZAF
17 Squadron

Former Assignments
23 Squadron
20 Squadron

Pilot  Flying Officer Owen Walton Davies, 429153 (KIA / BR) Hastings, NZ
Crashed  January 30, 1945 at 10:45am

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Constructors number 5915. Bureau Number 57092. As part of lend-lease, shipped aboard USS Grand Mesa from the United Sates departing on July 24 1944 bound for New Zealand for assignment to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). On August 11, 1944 assembled by Unit 60 on Espiritu Santo.

Assigned to 23 Squadron on October 9, 1944. Next, 20 Squadron October 26, 1944. Finally, 17 Squadron during January 1945.

Mission History
Took off from Green Island Airfield (Nissian) on a mission against Rabaul. Over the target, this aircraft failed to pull out of a dive while strafing a convoy of trucks. Crashed near the Vulcan Volcano crater. Davies failed to bail out and was killed in the crash. Officially, this aircraft was written off from Green Island Airfield (Nissian).

Recovery of Remains
Postwar, his remains were recovered from the crash site.

Memorials
Davies was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains Davies was permanently buried at Bomana Cemetery at grave C8. A. 10.

References
ADF Serials NZ Serials - F4U Corsair NZ5415

CWGC - Own Walton Davies

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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