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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65733
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura
Owner/operator:8 Sqn RNZAF
Registration: NZ4613
MSN: 6268
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lelet Plateau, near Kimidam, New Ireland -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Emirau
Destination airport:Emirau
Missing on an operational flight to New Ireland.
NZ4613 was part of a 6-bomber mission to strike Tobai Docks, Rabaul.
After the raid NZ4613 headed for New Ireland where it was to drop propaganda leaflets on behalf of the Far Eastern Liaison Office. The plane was carrying a FELO observer, Sgt Merfield.

The Ventura crashed in jungle on the side of the Lelet Plateau, possibly after being hit by Japanese AA fire. All on board died.

Flying Officer Norman Benton, Flight Sergeant James Cunneen, Flight Sergeant Robert Buchanan, Warrant Officer Christopher Jaffares , Sergeant James Mallett (all RNZAF), and Sergeant Norman Merfield ( Australian Army) R.I.P.


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Revision history:

15-Jun-2009 03:27 angels one five Added
05-Oct-2009 14:43 angels one five Updated
05-Oct-2009 14:51 angels one five Updated
05-Oct-2009 14:52 angels one five Updated
29-Jun-2010 19:41 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
29-Oct-2011 23:31 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2012 12:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source]
15-Sep-2013 23:03 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
14-Nov-2018 20:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
20-Aug-2021 04:21 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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