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  PV-1 Ventura Serial Number NZ4618  
RNZAF
3 Squadron

Former Assignments
2 Squadron

Pilot  Flight-Lieutenant Frederick N. R. Thomas, DFC
Co-Pilot  Flying Officer G. Shank
Crew  Warrant Officer G. Millar
Crew  Sergeant R. Budd

Force Landed  September 22, 1945


Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed in Burbank, CA. Constructors Number 6263. Assigned US Navy bureau number 49447. Disassembled and shipped to Hawaii. Reassembled at Oahu and transported to New Zealand as part of lend-lease.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). Assembled by Unit 45 at Hamilton Airfield on May 6, 1944. Assigned to 2 Squadron at Green Island Airfield (Nissan) during early 1945.

Mission History
On September 22, 1945 during take off from Jacquinot Bay Airfield, a tire burst damaging the aircraft. Afterwards, written off and abandoned.

Wreckage
Until at least the early 1970s, the wreckage of this aircraft remained at Jacquinot Bay Airfield. During 1972-1973 parts were salvaged from the wreckage and use in the restoration of RB-34 NZ4600 by the Museum of Transportation and Technology (MoTaT).

References
ADF Serials - PV-1 NZ4618

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Last Updated
May 17, 2018

 

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