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 acorss the Pacific to the South Pacific.
Assigned to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) to squadron VMF-215. 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.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PV-1 Ventura 33254
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List February 1944 - PV-1 33254 no pilot listed
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."
Thanks to Ted Darcy for additional information
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May 17, 2018