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  F4U-1D Corsair Serial Number NZ5473  
24 Squadron

Former Assignments
14 Squadron
17 Squadron

Pilot  Flight Sergeant William Clive Crosby, 436860 (MIA / KIA, BR) Auckland, NZ
Crashed  April 11, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Constructors Number 6269. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1D Corsair bureau number 57446. Disassembled and loaded as cargo aboard USS Castle Pinkney. On August 29, 1944 departed the United States as part of defense aid to New Zealand.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Corsair serial number NZ5473. Reassembled on Espiritu Santo by Unit 60 on September 16, 1944 and remained for the remainder of the year.

During January 1945, flown from Espiritu Santo northward to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal and assigned to 17 Squadron as a reserve aircraft. Next, assigned to 14 Squadron on January 14, 1945. During April 1945, assigned to 24 Squadron operating from Bougainville.

Mission History
On April 11, 1945 took off from Piva South Airfield (Piva Uncle) piloted by Flight Sergeant William Clive Crosby on a bombing mission against southern Bougainville. During the bombing run, this Corsair was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed near Muguai east of Kara Airfield. Crosby was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Recovery of Remains
Postwar, his remains were recovered as an unknown before being identified as Crosby.

Crosby was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at Bomana War Cemetery at C2. B. 25.

Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1D Corsair 57446
"57446 (MSN 6269) to New Zealand as NZ5473"
ADF Serials - NZ Serials Corsair NZ5473
CWGC - William Clive Crosby
ANZAC Day commemorations at Bomana War Cemetery on April 25, 2014 mentioned Crosby's loss

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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