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  PV-1 Ventura Serial Number NZ4609  
RNZAF
1 Squadron

Former Assignments
8 Squadron

Pilot  Flying Officer Ernest R. Lloyd, 4210923 (KIA, BR) Mount Eden, Auckland
Crew  Flight Sergeant Arthur Clapham, 438295 (KIA, BR) Berhampore, Wellington
Crew  Flight Sergeant Allan J. Hooper, 4212794 (KIA, BR) Putaruru, Auckland
Crew  Flight Sergeant Michael T. Newton, 39404 (KIA, BR) Amberley, Canterbury,
Crew  Flight Sergeant Gordon R. Stratford, 4314271 (KIA, BR) Waikuhurau, Hawkes Bay

Crashed  June 10, 1945 at 8:36am


Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed in Burbank, CA. Constructors Number 6260. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 49444. Disassembled and shipped to Oahu then shipped to New Zealand as part of lend-lease.

Wartime History
On April 18, 1944 assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Ventura NZ4609. Reassembled by by Unit 19 at Whenuapai Airfield. During January 1945, assigned to 8 Squadron on Guadalcanal. Next, assigned to 1 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On June 10, 1945 took off on a search mission for PV-1 Ventura NZ4613 Missing In Action (MIA) the previous day over New Ireland. Over the target, hit by flak before stalling and exploded on impact near Rabaulut / Pau village on New Ireland at 8:36am. When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Recovery of Remains
Postwar, the remains of the crew were recovered from the crash site then transported to New Caledonia for permanent burial.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the crew was buried at Bourail War Cemetery. Lloyd at 5, 14. Clapham at 5, 15. Hooper at 5, 16. Newton at 5, 17. Stratford at 5, 18.

References
ADF Serials - Ventura NZ4609
CWGC - Ernest R. Lloyd
CWGC - Arthur Clapham
CWGC - Allan J. Hooper
CWGC - Michael T. Newton
CWGC - Gordon R. Stratford

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Last Updated
May 17, 2018

 

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