Built by Lockheed in Burbank, CA. Model 237-27-01. Constructors Number 5288. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 33254. Ferried overseas across the Pacific to the South Pacific.
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC). Unit assignment unknown. No known nickname or nose art.
On February 3, 1944 took off from Piva Airfield on on Bougainville on a mission over Buka. This aircraft was reportedly lost twenty miles off Buka Passage. It is unclear if there were any fatalities on this aircraft or if the crew was rescued. This Ventura was written off the day of the mission. During the afternoon, this aircraft was observed by F4U Corsairs from VMF-215 as going down into the sea.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PV-1 Ventura 33254
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List February 1944 - PV-1 33254
Expended Aircraft Report - February 1944 "3 [February 1944] PV-1 33254 VMF-215 Buka SOPAC [no pilot listed]"
VMF-215 War Diary February 1944 page 5
"1130 HOP: One PV-1 was seen to go down 20 miles 200° from Buka Passage."
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February 3, 2019