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RNZAF Sept 20, 1945
|Pilot Flight Sergeant Alec Wallace Teschner, 439269 (KIA / BR) Knapdale, Southland, NZ
Crashed September 20, 1945 at 10:40am
Built by Vought. Constructors number 5928. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1D Corsair bureau number 57105. As part of lend-lease, shipped aboard USS Grand Mesa departing the United Sates on July 24 1944 bound for the South Pacific (SOPAC) as part of defense aid.
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as F4U Corsair serial number NZ5418. Tail code "418" (last three digits of the serial number). On August 11, 1944 reassembled by Unit 60 on Espiritu Santo. On November 9, 1944 assigned to 15 Squadron. During September 1944 assigned to 16 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On September 20, 1945 took off from Jacquinot Bay Airfield piloted by Flight Sergeant Alec W. Teschner on a mission over Rabaul. At 10:40am this Corsair struck trees, stalled then dived vertically into the ground near Vunakanau Airfield killing the pilot on impact. This aircraft was officially written off the books at Jacquinot Bay.
Immediately afterwards, this crash site was photographed by the RNZAF.
Recovery of Remains
The same day as the crash, the remains of the pilot were recovered from the crash and buried locally. Later, transported to New Caledonia for permenent burial.
Teschner was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Hi is buried at Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery at 6. 14.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1D Corsair 57092
"57105 (MSN 5928) to New Zealand as NZ5418"
ADF Serials NZ Serials - F4U Corsair NZ5418
CWGC - Alec Wallace Teschner
Auckland Memorial Online Cenotaph - Alec Wallace Teschner (photo, grave photo)
Thanks to Edward Rogers for crash site photographs.
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September 15, 2020
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