Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
  F4U-1A Corsair Serial Number NZ5503  

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Constructors Number 5247. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A Corsair bureau number 50000. Disassembled and loaded aboard USS Northfield as cargo. On May 10, 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 NZ5503. On May 29, 1944 reassembled at No.1 Assembly Depot BOC Unit 36 at Hobsonville Airfield. In November 1944, assigned to Corsair Conversion.

Advertised for sale tender number 1704. On March 2, 1948, this Corsair was sold as scrap to Rukuhia Salvage Company in Hamilton, New Zealand. During 1960, purchased by Asplin's Supplies, Rukuhia, NZ and placed into storage in a scrap yard. In 1977, the fuselage hulk and components were transported to Auckland. In 1989 owned by Ross Jovitt, Auckland-Ardmore, NZ. In 1995, restoration was begun using parts from F4U Corsair NZ5527.

Navy Serial Number Search Results - F4U-1A Corsair 50000
"50000 (MSN 5247) to New Zealand as NZ5503"
ADF Serials - NZ Serials Corsair NZ5503
Warbird Registry - F4U Corsair/BuNo. 5000

Contribute Information
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
October 23, 2019


Tech Info
  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram