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  TBF-1C Avenger Serial Number NZ2530  
RNZAF
31 Squadron

Former Assignments
30 Squadron

Pilot  Flight Lieutenant Melvin Roland Greenslade, 1225 (MIA / KIA) Dunedin, Otago
Crew  Lieutenant John Craig Morrison, Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve (MIA / KIA) Wellington
Crew  Flight Sergeant William George Angus McCloud, 425766 (MIA / KIA) Cobden, Westland

Crashed  May 28, 1944 at 9:50am


Aircraft History
Built by Grumman. Constructors Number 5490. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as TBF-1C Avenger bureau number 47724. Disassembled and loaded as cargo aboard Royal Arrow and shipped overseas to New Zealand as part of lend-lease.

Wartime History
During early January 1944 delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Avenger serial number NZ2530. On January 4, 1944 reassembled by No.1 Aircraft Depot at Hobsonville Airfield with Unit 36. On April 26, 1944 Assigned to 30 Squadron . Next, assigned to 31 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 28, 1944 took off from Piva North Airfield (Piva Uncle) on Bougainville piloted by Flight Lieutenant Melvin R. Greenslade on a bombing mission against Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. Over the target, this Avenger was presumed to have been hit by anti-aircraft fire during the bomb run and crashed shortly after releasing its bombs. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on the day of the mission. The two RNZAF crew members are memorialized on the Bourail Memorial. Greenslade on panel 3. McCloud on panel 6. Morrison is memorialized on the New Zealand Naval Memorial on panel 8.

References
RNZAF Serials - Avenger NZ2530
CWGC - Melvin Roland Greenslade
CWGC - John Craig Morrison
CWGC - William George Angus McCloud

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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