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  PV-1  Ventura Serial Number NZ4632  
RNZAF
No. 2 Squadron

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Ray Fairfield 1972

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Brian Bennett 2003

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed in Burbank. Constructor Number 237-6340. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PV-1 Ventura bureau number 49524. Disassembled and shipped to Oahu and reassembled ans transported to New Zealand as part of defense aid.

Wartime History
On May 24, 1944 assigned to the to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as Ventura NZ4632 and reassembled by Unit 45 at Hamilton Airfield. During early 1945, assigned to No. 2 Squadron and operated from Nissan Airfield (Green Island) flying combat missions.

Mission History
On July 14, 1945 during take off from Jacquinot Bay Airfield swung around and ground looped and was severely damaged. Afterwards, assigned to 10 Repair Salvage Unit (10 RSU) stripped for usable parts and written off an abandoned in a boneyard area.

Wreckage
This Ventura remains in situ at Jacquinot Bay Airfield.

References
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PV-1 Ventura 49524
"49524 (MSN 237-6340) to New Zealand May 24, 1944 as NZ4633. Crashed at Jacquinot Bay on Jul 14, 1945. The aircraft swung during the takeoff roll and failed to get airborne and was written off."
ADF Serials - Ventura NZ4632
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks page 44 (upper right)

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July 12, 2020

 

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