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Built by Lockheed in Burbank, CA. Model Model 237-27-01. Constructors Number 5534. Assigned US Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 34644. Disassembled and shipped to Oahu then to New Zealand as part of lend-lease aircraft.
On August 10, 1943 assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Ventura NZ4521. Reassembled by Unit 19 at Whenuapai Airfield. Assigned to 1 Squadron with code ZX-G. On October 17, 1943 flown to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. During March 1944 assigned to 2 Squadron and later in the month flown back to New Zealand.
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