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Fleet Air Arm
Built by Grumman as a model G-40. Constructors Number 5345. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as TBF-1C Avenger bureau number 24462. 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 Zelaand Air Force (RNZAF) as Avenger serial number NZ2510. On October 25, 1943 reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot (1 AD) at Hobsonville Airfield with Unit 36. Assigned to 30 Squadron. Tail code J. No known nickname or nose art.
On January 24, 1944 took off from New Zealand on a flight northward to Espiritu Santo and operated there during February to March 1944. Next flown via the Solomon Islands to Piva North Airfield on Bougainville in March 1944.
On March 25, 1944, damaged by enemy gunfire and made an emergency landing at Green Island Airfield (Nissan). Remained there until repaired and then continued to operate from Bougainville.
On September 7, 1945 assigned to the Royal Navy (RN), Fleet Air Arm at Hobsonville Airfield. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - TBF-1C Avenger 24462
"24462 (MSN 5345) to New Zealand Oct 1943 as NZ2510. Badly damaged by enemy gunfire Mar 26, 1944 and made an emergency landing at Green Island. To Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Sep 7, 1945"
RNZAF Serials - Avenger NZ2510
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