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  TBF-1C Avenger Serial Number NZ2530  
RNZAF
31 Squadron

Former Assignements
30 Squadron

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

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Constructors Number 5490, Bureau Number 47724. No known nose art or nickname.

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
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.

Memorials
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)

References
RNZAF Serials - Avenger NZ2530

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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