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  F4U-1D Corsair Serial Number NZ5464  
RNZAF
15 Squadron

Pilot  Flight Sergeant Floyd John Cousins, 4215181 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
MIA  December 3, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Constructors Number 5686. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1D Corsair bureau number 50439. Disassembled and loaded aboard USS Winnebago as cargo. On March 6, 1944 departed the United States as part of defense aid to New Zealand.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Corsair serial number NZ5464. On September 2, 1944 assembled by Unit 60 on Espiritu Santo. On October 13, 1944 assigned to 15 Squadron on Guadalcanal. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On December 3, 1944 took off from Bougainville piloted by Flight Sergeant Floyd J. Cousins on a strike mission. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
Cousins was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at the Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery at the Bourail Memorial on panel 6.

References
Previously, on July 14, 1944 Cousins crashed Corsair NZ5266 and was rescued by a PBY Catalina from VP-101
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1A Corsair 50439
"50439 (MSN 5686) to New Zealand as NZ5464"
ADF Serials / NZ Serials NZ5464
CWGC - Floyd Cousins

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019

 

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