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|Pilot F/O Ronald Dean Gardner, 413838 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
Crew P/O Christopher Nicholls, 413884 (MIA / KIA) Nelson, NZ
Crew P/O Harold Henry Sheather, 415560 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
Crashed April 26, 1944 at 10:35am
Built by Grumman as a model G-40. Constructors Number 5342. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as TBF-1C Avenger bureau number 24459. Disassembled and loaded as cargo aboard Dalfonn as cargo and shipped across the Pacific as part of lend-lease to New Zealand.
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as TBF-1C Avenger serial number NZ2507. on October 25, 1943 reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot (1 AD) at Hobsonville Airfield with Unit 36. Assigned to 30 Squadron at Gisborne Airfield. No known nickname or nose art.
On January 24, 1944 flown on a ferry flight from Gisborne Airfield to Espiritu Santo, then northward to the Solomon Islands and finally to Piva North Airfield on Bougainville.
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