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  PV-1 Ventura Serial Numbe r NZ4609  
RNZAF
No. 1 Squadron

Former Assignments
No. 8 Squadron

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Pilot  Flying Officer Ernest R. Lloyd, 4210923 (KIA, BR) Mount Eden, Auckland
Crew  Flight Sergeant Arthur Clapham, 438295 (KIA, BR) Berhampore, Wellington
Crew  Flight Sergeant Allan J. Hooper, 4212794 (KIA, BR) Putaruru, Auckland
Crew  Flight Sergeant Michael T. Newton, 39404 (KIA, BR) Amberley, Canterbury,
Crew  Flight Sergeant Gordon R. Stratford, 4314271 (KIA, BR) Waikuhurau, Hawkes Bay

Crashed  June 10, 1945 at 8:36am

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed as model 237-27-01 in Burbank. Constructors Number 237-6260. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 49444. Disassembled and shipped to Oahu then shipped to New Zealand as part of defense aid.

Wartime History
On April 18, 1944 assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Ventura NZ4609. Reassembled by by Unit 19 at Whenuapai Airfield. By January 1945 assigned to No. 8 Squadron on Guadalcanal. Next, assigned to No. 1 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On June 10, 1945 took off from Emirau Airfield piloted by Flying Officer Ernest R. Lloyd on a mission to search for PV-1 Ventura NZ4613 Missing In Action (MIA) the previous day. At 8:36am over New Ireland, this Ventura was hit by anti-aircraft fire, stalled, crashed and exploding on impact near Rabaulut village and Pau village. When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Recovery of Remains
Postwar, the remains of the crew were recovered from the crash site. Afterwards, transported to New Caledonia for permanent burial.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, each member of the crew were buried at Bourail War Cemetery. Lloyd at 5, 14. Clapham at 5, 15. Hooper at 5, 16. Newton at 5, 17. Stratford at 5, 18.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PV-1 Ventura 49444
"49444 (MSN 237-6260) to New Zealand Apr 18, 1944 as NZ4609. Shot down by AAA and crashed Rabulut Plantation, New Guinea Jun 10, 1945. Wreck still extant 1992"
ADF Serials - Ventura NZ4609
CWGC - Ernest R. Lloyd
CWGC - Arthur Clapham
CWGC - Allan J. Hooper
CWGC - Michael T. Newton
CWGC - Gordon R. Stratford
FindAGrave - Ernest Reginald Lloyd (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Arthur Clapham (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Allan James Hooper (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Michael Tazewell Newton (grave photo)
FindAGrave - SGT Gordon Russell Stratford (grave photo)

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Last Updated
June 9, 2020

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