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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65757
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Date:21-MAR-1945
Time:c. 1030.
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: NZ4518
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Whenuapai AFB -   New Zealand
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Ventura NZ4518 and C-47 Dakota NZ3501 collided in the air near Kaukapakapa.
The Ventura suffered major damage to its right wing and crashed in a paddock.
Four crew members were able to bale out and survived with injuries, but the pilot was unable to abandon the aircraft in time and was killed.

Flight-Lieutenant William Farnsworth RNZAF, R.I.P.

The Dakota seems to have sustained only light damage and landed safely at Whenuapai.

Sources:

NZ Archives.
NZ Serials
https://c47.weebly.com/nz-3501---the-rnzafs-first-c-47.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jun-2009 04:49 angels one five Added
13-Oct-2009 21:32 angels one five Updated
27-Dec-2010 02:54 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Damage]
02-May-2013 22:16 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
16-Sep-2013 22:57 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
17-Dec-2014 19:33 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source]
13-Sep-2020 21:49 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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