Sergeant F. Bennett (WIA)
Ditched July 5, 1944
Built by Vought. Constructors Number 5028. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A Corsair bureau number 49781. Disassembled and loaded aboard USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) as cargo.
On May 14, 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 NZ5327 with fuselage code 27. On June 2, 1944 Reassembled in Espiritu Santo. On June 23, 1944 assigned to 21 Squadron. Next, assigned to 19 Squadron and flown to Guadalcanal. No known nickname or nose art.
On July 5, 1944 took off from Guadalcanal piloted by Flight Sergeant F. Bennett on a flight. During the flight, this Corsair suffered engine failure and ditched into sea near Kukum. Pilot Bennett was wounded in the crash. This aircraft was written off the books at Guadalcanal.
Nick Bennett (son)
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1A Corsair
"49781 (MSN 5028) to New Zealand as NZ5327"
ADF Serials - NZ Serials Corsair NZ327
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February 14, 2020