Accident Lockheed PV-1 Ventura NZ4578, Sunday 27 May 1945
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Date:Sunday 27 May 1945
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: Destroyed
Location:Malaita Island, Malaita -   Solomon Islands
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
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.


1.-NZ Archives.
2.-NZ Serials.

Revision history:

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]
02-Jul-2023 03:58 Ron Averes Updated

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