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|Pilot Flying Officer Owen Walton Davies, 429153 (KIA / BR) Hastings, NZ
Crashed January 30, 1945 at 10:45am
Built by Vought. Constructors number 5915. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1D Corsair bureau number 57092. Disassembled and loaded aboard USS Grand Mesa as cargo. On July 24 1944 departed the United States as part of defense aid to New Zealand.
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Corsair serial number NZ5415. On August 11, 1944 reassembled by Unit 60 on Espiritu Santo. On October 9, 1944 assigned to 23 Squadron. Next, on October 26, 1944 assigned to 20 Squadron. Finally, in January 1945 assigned to 17 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
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).
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