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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. Assigned to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1D Corsair bureau number 57092. As part of lend-lease, shipped aboard USS Grand Mesa departing the United Sates on July 24 1944 bound for New Zealand.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as F4U Corsair serial number NZ5415. On August 11, 1944 assembled by Unit 60 on Espiritu Santo. Assigned to 23 Squadron on October 9, 1944. Next, assigned to 20 Squadron October 26, 1944. Finally, assigned to 17 Squadron in January 1945. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On January 30, 1945 took off from Green Island Airfield (Nissan) piloted by Flying Officer Owen Walton Davies on a mission against Rabaul. Over the target, this aircraft failed to pull out of a dive while strafing a convoy of trucks and crashed at 10:45am near the the crater of Vulcan Volcano. Davies did not bail out and was killed in the crash. Officially, this aircraft was written off from Green Island Airfield (Nissan).

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
April 23, 2018

 

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