Built by Vought. Constructors Number 5018. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A Corsair bureau number 49771. Disassembled and loaded aboard USS Mission San Miguel (AO-129) as cargo. On March 28, 1944 departed the United States as part of defense aid to New Zealand.
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Corsair serial number NZ5261 with code "61". On April 27, 1944 reassembled in Espiritu Santo and BOC Unit 60. On May 18, 1944 assigned to 18 Squadron on Guadalcanal. On June 11, 1944 assigned to 15 Squadron. On August 8, 1944 assigned to 14 Squadron. On December 21, 1944 assigned to 16 Squadron. On May 7, 1945 assigned to 21 Squadron.
During October 1945 ferried to New Zealand. Later, offered for sale at Rukuhia under tender number 1704. On March 2, 1948 sold to J. Larsen of Palmerston North. Ultimate fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1A Corsair 49771
"49771 (MSN 5018) to New Zealand as NZ5260 [sic, NZ5261]"
ADF Serials / NZ Serials NZ5261
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June 23, 2018