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Re: WW2 Fighter aircraft wreckage in the Rimutaka foot hills
Reply #15 - Jan 6th, 2010 at 6:06pm
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It appears people have been picking away at the wreck for many years - doesn't seem to be much of a plane left as such?

Bit different if the pilot was buried near by and an offical wreck site?

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Re: WW2 Fighter aircraft wreckage in the Rimutaka foot hills
Reply #16 - Jan 17th, 2010 at 12:53am
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Fantastic piece of history, thanks for sharing.
  
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Reply #17 - Apr 12th, 2010 at 10:51pm
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Smileyhi from mike i used to live in homedale in the mid 60s the area used to be agood handy spot for a shot i agree that shitty suple jack creek was worse than some of the gullys in fiordland regarding the crash site if you look at the engine in the creek you will find that the brass id plates are missing i have them somewhere in one of my junk boxes the machine gun i found in the creek had the breach block removed and the breech and barrel looked like it had been filled full of cocrete from memory the breech was about 10 inches and the barrel 20 inches hell was it heavy to carry out dont have it now left at hunting mates place who lived down the coast road i told tim wallace about it 30 odd years ago when i lived in hawea  on the pest destruction board dont know whether he did anything about it but was interested from memory the fuselage behind the cockpit on right side had the red blue and white circle on it but faded hope this helps cheers.
  
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Re: WW2 Fighter aircraft wreckage in the Rimutaka foot hills
Reply #18 - Apr 14th, 2010 at 7:54pm
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Great info Mike

Was the crash site very open then? It's very over grown now. When you were up there in the 60's was there much of the wreck left, was it more or less intact or bits of it everywhere?
  

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Reply #19 - Apr 16th, 2010 at 8:41pm
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hi simon from mike again no the bush looks much the same but where is the body of it it was very much intact at the rear from a metre or so back from the cockpit you could get inside it as i could see the cable and fibre steering gear wheel that the cable ran thru on the right rear side of it part of the wings were there and the tail was almost intact hope this helps better you than me going back up there again dont think i could make it now i just hunt the flats " old trick from old hunter if you are looking for a feed smear some molasses on some tree trunks  and wait for results " they can smell it for miles cheers mike.
  
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Re: WW2 Fighter aircraft wreckage in the Rimutaka foot hills
Reply #20 - Apr 16th, 2010 at 9:57pm
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I have been looking for an article that I read a few months back about this wreck. After spending many hours looking, I finally found it in an old "NZ Wings" magazine dated April 1973!
I've taken photos of the article and hopefully they will show here, if I can work out how to do it.
I hope you will enjoy the article.
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Reply #21 - Apr 28th, 2010 at 9:43am
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Some really interesting history there...
  
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Re: WW2 Fighter aircraft wreckage in the Rimutaka foot hills
Reply #22 - Mar 25th, 2012 at 9:34am
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Here's a link to another blog site that covers the same article but with different photos:
http://rnzaf.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=Airshows&action=display&thread=11025&...
  
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Re: WW2 Fighter aircraft wreckage in the Rimutaka foot hills
Reply #23 - Jun 23rd, 2013 at 9:48pm
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From memory I have read something about this in a book of John Pascoe's or maybe his biography. I think he went on the search and body recovery. Sorry I do not have access to my books at the moment but someone who read this and can access a library could check it out.
  

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Re: WW2 Fighter aircraft wreckage in the Rimutaka foot hills
Reply #24 - Jul 17th, 2013 at 2:34pm
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Have sent you an email, have family in the area who may be able to help out with more details.
  

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Re: WW2 Fighter aircraft wreckage in the Rimutaka foot hills
Reply #25 - Jul 18th, 2013 at 4:12pm
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I  had forgotten about that one , A mate's brother found it when tramping and it still had a gun or two in it , he reported it to the police who went and had a look only to find the guns had gone . I guess those were the ones that were cut up. He gave me a .50 round he found ,I still have it somewhere.
My nephew's father inlaw owns/farms the Fairhall airfield where the plane took off from , there are lots of relics like old (empty) ammo bunkers etc , and airforce crockery turns up in the creek after every flood . His house was the officers mess and all the pilots signed the back of a door  in the sittingroom .
The Fairhall field was used as the fighter base that protected Wellington as it was better situated stratigically than the Wtg airfield at the time , They also had dummy Hurricanes on the place to confuse the Japanese
  

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