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  PV-1  Ventura Serial Number NZ4632  
RNZAF
2 Squadron

Former Assignments
Unit 45

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Ray Fairfield 1972
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Brian Bennett 2003

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed in Burbank, CA. Constructor Number 6340. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 49524. Disassembled and shipped to Oahu and reassembled ans transported to New Zealand as part of lend-lease.

Wartime History
On on May 24, 1944 assigned to the to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Ventura NZ4632 and reassembled by Unit 45 at Hamilton Airfield. Next, assigned to 2 Squadron operating from Nissan Airfield (Green Island) during early 1945.

Mission History
On July 14, 1945 during take off from Jacquinot Bay Airfield this Ventura swung around and ground looped, causing severe damage. Afterwards, assigned to 10 Servicing Unit written off an abandoned.

Wreckage
The wreckage of this aircraft remains in situ at Jacquinot Bay Airfield.

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 44 (upper right)
ADF Serials - Ventura NZ4632

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Last Updated
May 17, 2018

 

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