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  PV-1 Ventura Serial Number NZ4618  
RNZAF
3 Squadron

Former Assignments
2 Squadron

Pilot  Flight-Lieutenant Frederick N. R. Thomas, DFC
Co-Pilot  Flying Officer G. Shank
Crew  Warrant Officer G. Millar
Crew  Sergeant R. Budd

Force Landed  September 22, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed as model 237-27-01 in Burbank. Constructors Number 237-6263. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 49447. Disassembled and shipped to Oahu then reassembled and transported to New Zealand as part of defense aid.

Wartime History
On May 6, 1944 assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Ventura NZ4618. Reassembled by Unit 45 at Hamilton Airfield. During early 1945, assigned to No. 2 Squadron at Green Island Airfield (Nissan).

Mission History
On September 22, 1945 during take off from Jacquinot Bay Airfield on a test flight, a tire burst and caused the undercarriage to collapse and damaged the Ventura. Afterwards, written off and abandoned.

Wreckage
Until at least the early 1970s, the wreckage of this aircraft remained at Jacquinot Bay Airfield. During 1972-1973 parts were salvaged from the wreckage and use in the restoration of RB-34 NZ4600 by the Museum of Transportation and Technology (MoTaT).

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PV-1 Ventura 49447

"49447 (MSN 237-6263) to New Zealand Apr 18, 1944 as NZ4618. Crashed on takeoff Jacquinot Bay, New Britain Sep 22, 1945 when a tire burst on takeoff for a test flight and the undercarriage collapsed."
ADF Serials - PV-1 NZ4618

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September 11, 2020

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