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This Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft departed Gisborne at 2.22 pm on a
mission to search for an unidentified merchant ship that the Navy had called to be
investigated. It was one of three Vickers Vincents that were on the mission.
It was expected that it would return no later than 6.22 pm - four hours
later. The course it was instructed to fly on was on a line from Gisborne, over
Portland Island, and then to a position about 20 miles south of Cape Turnagain.
From there it was to return to Gisborne.
The last radio contact was received from NZ332 at 4.44 pm, but NZ332 seemed to
be having trouble receiving as when they were instructed to “carry on” there wasno reply.One of the other aircraft on he mission (NZ334) called one minute later to say that they had heard no reply from NZ332. NZ332 was never heard, or seen again
Vickers Vincent NZ332
8 December 1942
Missing: Harry Kinder - age 27

              Charles Neville Turnbull - age 29

              Nepia Stewart - age 31