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  RB-34 Lexington / Ventura Serial Number NZ4600  

Former assignments
Unit 36

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed in Burbank, CA. Constructors number 4773. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force as RB-34 Lexington serial number 41-38117. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number FD665.

Wartime History
Transfered to the United Kingtom as part of lend-lease. Reportedly, this aircraft served in North Africa. Afterwards, shipped overseas to New Zealand.

On August 6, 1943 assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Ventura NZ4600 and reassembled at No.1 Aircraft Depot with Unit 36 at Hobsonville Airfield. During late 1944, assigned to 4TTS at Nelson Airfield.

Sold to Mr. Russ for 35 pounds who transported the aircraft to his farm near Nelson. The aircraft was kept largely intact until 1971 when it was recovered by Museum of Transportation and Technology (MoTaT).

Restored at Museum of Transportation and Technology (MoTaT) by Barrie East, using parts from Ventura NZ4522 and Ventura NZ4618. The restoration incorporated the tail section from Lodestar ZJ-BJM. Stored at the museum's Belfast hanger. Later, mounted on poles and painted in the markings of RNZAF Ventura NZ4600.

ADF Serials - Ventura NZ4600

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Last Updated
May 17, 2018


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