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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65731
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:27-MAY-1945
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura
Owner/operator:4 Sqn RNZAF
Registration: NZ4578
MSN: 6209
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Malaita -   Solomon Islands
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
NZ4578 crashed on a hill on the island of Malaita in bad visibility and exploded.
The aircraft was carrying a warload of depth charges.
The explosion was so severe that for many years, no trace of the crew was ever found.
The remains of the deceased crew were located at the crash site in the year 2007.

Flying Officer Keith Graham, Sergeant Melville Moxham, Flight Sergeant Leo Marshall, and Sergeants Eric Priest, and Douglas Reid R.I.P.

Sources:

1.-NZ Archives.
2.-NZ Serials.
3.-http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/3295


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jun-2009 03:22 angels one five Added
05-Oct-2009 12:07 angels one five Updated
29-Oct-2011 23:33 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2012 12:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source]
04-Feb-2012 18:44 angels one five Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
15-Aug-2012 07:12 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source]
15-Sep-2013 23:19 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
15-Sep-2013 23:20 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
06-Oct-2016 11:33 gerard57 Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2018 07:07 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
14-Nov-2018 17:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Operator]
14-Nov-2018 17:31 Nepa Updated [Source, Operator]

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