Date & Time: Jun 27, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed L-414 Hudson
Operator:
Registration:
NZ2025
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Bombing
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nausori - Nausori
MSN:
414-3845
YOM:
1941
Country:
World
Region:
World
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
5
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a antisubmarine patrol flight off the Fiji Islands coast and left Nausori Airport that day. En route, the aircraft went out of control and crashed into the ocean. No trace of the aircraft nor the crew was ever found.
Crew (4th Squadron):
F/O Alistair Parata,
Sgt Albert Moss,
W/O Egbert Willis,
F/Sgt George Billson,
Sgt Michael Horgan.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident was not established but it seems possible that pilots lost control of the aircraft due to a double engine failure caused by a fuel exhaustion. The weather conditions at the time of the accident were poor and the experience of the crew was low, which was considered as contributory factors.