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  F4U-1D Corsair Serial Number NZ5459 Code 459
RNZAF
14 Squadron

Former Assignments
15 Squadron

Pilot  P/O Peter Moore, 4212771 (MIA / KIA) Auckland
Crashed  May 31, 1945 at 11:30am


Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Constructors Number 5661. Bureau Number 50414. Shipped aboard USS Winnebago from the United States departing on July 19, 1944. Assigned to the RNZAF serial number NZ5459 coded 459.

Wartime History
On September 2, 1944 assembled by Unit 60 on Espiritu Santo. Assigned to 15 Squadron on November 9, 1944. Then to 14 Squadron during May 1945.

Mission History
Took off from Torokina Airfield on Bougainville on a bombing mission over Bonis. After releasing its bomb over the Bonis Peninsula, this aircraft entered a dive turn after releasing its bomb and crashed into the sea and exploded on impact.

Memorials
Officially declared dead the day of the mission. Moore is memorialized on the Bourail Memorial on panel 5.

Relatives
Luther Moore (Great-nephew of Moore)

References
ADF Serials - NZ Serials Corsair NZ5459

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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