Lockheed in Burbank, CA. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN). Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number ?????.
Assigned to squadron VPB-150. Tail number 421. No known nickname or nose art.
On October 23, 1944 while parked on the ground at Tinian a group of Japanese stragglers managed to reach this aircraft on the flight line, entered this aircraft and attempted to start it. Spotted by U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) guards that began closing in and opened fire on them. Unable to start the plane and desperate, the stragglers detonated grenades, killing themselves and setting the plane on fire. This Ventura was destroyed on the ground and was written off.
Vega Ventura page 43, 46
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May 17, 2018