|Pilot Flight Lieutenant Jack W. Edwards, 39908 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
Gunner Warrant Officer Louis Andreas Hoppe (KIA)
Crashed May 10, 1944 around 11:00am
Built by Douglas at El Segundo, California. Constructors Number 5536. U. S. Navy (USN) as SBD-5 Dauntless bureau number 36908. Disassembled and shipped overseas to New Zealand.
On February 24, 1944 delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Dauntless NZ5051 and reassembled and assigned to 25 Servicing Unit. On March 24, 1944 ferried to Piva Uncle Airfield on Bougainville. Assigned to 25 Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On May 10, 1944 took off from Piva Airfield on Bougainville a bombing mission against Rabaul. During the bombing run, hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into Greet Harbor.
Both crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are memorialized at the Bourail Memorial at Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery (Bourail War Cemetery). Edwards on panel 3. Hoppe on panel 6.
CWGC - Jack Ward Edwards
Louis Andreas Hoppee
ADF Serials / NZ Serials - Douglas Dauntless NZ5051
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January 5, 2018