|Pilot Flight Sergeant D. Howlett (WIA)
Crashed July 23, 1945
Built by Vought. Constructors Number 4977. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A Corsair bureau number 49714. Disassembled and loaded aboard USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81) as cargo. On April 4, 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 NZ5262 with code "62". On May 1, 1944 reassembled in Espiritu Santo and BOC Unit 60. On May 20, 1944 assigned to 15 Squadron on Guadalcanal. On August 8, 1944 transfered to 14 Squadron. Next to 16 Squadron on December 21, 1944. Then on June 12, 1945 to 21 Squadron. Finally on July 1945 to 19 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On July 23, 1945 took off from Jacquinot Bay Airfield piloted by Flight Sergeant D. Howlett on a mission. During the flight, this aircraft experienced engine failure and crashed and burned. The pilot was injured. Afterwards, this Corsair was written off.
This Corsair remained in situ until the 1970s.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1A Corsair 49714
"49714 (MSN 4961) to New Zealand as NZ5262"
ADF Serials / NZ Serials NZ5262
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 59 (lower left)
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June 9, 2018