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|Pilot Flight Sergeant Ian Morrison Thorburn, 432864 (MIA / KIA) Hastings, Hawkes Bay
Crashed December 24, 1944 at 9:40am
Built by Vought. Constructors Number 5807. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1D Corsair bureau number 50560. Disassembled and loaded as cargo aboard USS Grand Mesa. 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 NZ5429. On August 11, 1944 reassembled in Espiritu Santo and BOC Unit 60. On September 23, 1944 assigned to 15 Squadron. Next on October 9, 1944 assigned to 23 Squadron. Then on October 26, 1944 assigned to 20 Squadron. During December 1944 assigned to 14 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
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