|Pilot Flight Lieutenant Melvin Roland Greenslade, 1225 (MIA / KIA) Dunedin, Otago
Crew Lieutenant John Morrison (MIA / KIA)
Crew Flight Sergeant William McCloud, 425766 (MIA / KIA) Cobden, Westland
Crashed May 28, 1944 at 9:50am
Built by Grumman. Constructors Number 5490, Bureau Number 47724. No known nose art or nickname.
Arrived in New Zealand on Royal Arrow. Assembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville Airfield on January 4, 1944 with Unit 36. Assigned to 30 Squadron April 26, 1944. Next, assigned to 31 Squadron.
Took off on a bombing mission against Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. Presumed to have been hit by flak during a bombing run and crashed shortly after completing its bomb run.
The entire crew was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. All three are memorialized on the Bourail Memorial on panel 3 (Greenslade) and panel 6 (McCloud)
RNZAF Serials - Avenger NZ2530
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May 22, 2017