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  PV-1 Ventura Serial Number NZ4575  
RNZAF
1 Squadron

Pilot  Flying Officer Selwyn Houghton (KIA)
Crew  Warrant Officer Joseph Crisp (KIA)
Crew  Warrant Officer Geoffrey Robins (KIA)
Crew  Warrant Officer Albert Douglas
(KIA)
Crew  F/Sgt Francis Larnach (KIA)
Crashed  October 10, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed in Burbank, CA. Model 237-27-01. Constructors number 6139. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 48903. No known nickname or nose art. Disassembled and shipped via Oahu then across the Pacific to New Zealand as part of lend-lease .

Wartime History
On February 29, 1944 assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Ventura serial number NZ4575. Reassembled by Unit 19 at Whenuapai Airfield. Assigned to 1 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On October 10, 1944 took off from Espiritu Santo at 6:00am on a ferry flight bound for Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. This Ventura was last heard from flying in bad weather at 8:55am.
When it failed to arrive, it was declared Missing In Action (MIA). In fact, this aircraft crashed into a jungle covered hillside on the "weather coast" of southern coast of Guadalcanal. The entire crew was killed on impact.

Search
The next day on October 11, 1944 the crash site was discovered near Longu Mission.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash site was located, the remains of the crew were recovered.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After their remains were recovered they were permanently buried at Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery (Bourail War Cemetery).

Wreckage
This Ventura crashed into a jungle covered hillside on the "weather coast" of southern coast of Guadalcanal. During the early 2000s, the crash site was rediscovered by Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI) patrolling the weather coast.

Sometime during the 2010s, the top turret from this Ventura was recovered during a salvage funded by Anders Markwarth. The turret is displayed upside down at the Markwarth Collection at Renandi. The top turret has both machine guns removed and is only the turret frame without any perspex glass. Misidentified as being associated with a "B-17 crashed on Guadalcanal".

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PV-1 Ventura 48903
"48903 (MSN 237-6139) to New Zealand Feb 29, 1944 as NZ4575. Missing on flight from Espiritu Santo to Henderson Field, Guadalcanal on Oct 10, 1944. The aircraft was last heard from flying in bad weather. The wreckage was discovered the following day on a jungle covered hill in Southern Guadalcanal."
ADF Serials - Ventura NZ4575

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Last Updated
May 17, 2018

 

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