|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
10, 1945 at 8:36am
Built by Lockheed as model 237-27-01 in Burbank. Constructors Number 237-6260. 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 defense aid.
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.
10, 1945 took off piloted by Flying Officer Ernest R. Lloyd on a
mission to search for PV-1 Ventura NZ4613 Missing In Action (MIA) the previous day. Over New Ireland at 8:36am, hit by flak before stalling and exploded on impact near Rabaulut village and Pau village.
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. Afterwards, transported to New Caledonia for permanent burial.
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.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PV-1 Ventura 49444
"49444 (MSN 237-6260) to New Zealand Apr 18, 1944 as NZ4609. Shot down by AAA and crashed Rabulut Plantation, New Guinea Jun 10, 1945. Wreck still extant 1992"
CWGC - Ernest R. Lloyd
CWGC - Arthur Clapham
CWGC - Allan J. Hooper
CWGC - Michael T. Newton
Gordon R. Stratford
ADF Serials - Ventura NZ4609
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June 29, 2019