De Havilland Tiger Moth DH 82A NZ 851 to NZ900 1939 to 1956 Part 4

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Design:
Sir Geoffery De Havilland

Company:
De Havilland
Morris Motors

Australia
De Havilland

N Z
De Havilland

Norway

Sweden

Portugal

Wing Span:
29 ft 4 in 8.94 M

Wing Area:
239 sq ft

Length:
23 ft 11 in 7.34 M

Height:
8 ft 9 1/2 in 2.68 M

Ceiling:
13,6000 ft 4,145 M

Speed: at 1,000’ ft
109 MPH 175 KPH

Range:
302 Miles 829 KM

T/O Weight:
1,825 lb 486 Kg

Crew:
1 Pilot
1 Student / Passenger

Role:
Elementary Trainer
Light Communications

Total Manufactured:
7,000 Plus in U.K., Australia, NZ

First Flight:
26 Oct 1931

Original Order No
23 in 1931

Armament
Nil

Years Served:
1939 to 1956

Qty Served:
335

ENGINE


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Type:
De Havilland Gipsy Major 1
4 Cylinder, Inverted, In-Line, Air Cooled

Horse Power:
130 HP

Bore:
4.646 in 118 mm

Stroke:
5.512 in 140 mm

Volume:
373.6 cu in 6.124 L

Compression Ratio:
5.25 : 1

Max RPM:
2350 RPM

Take Off Power:
130 HP

Fuel:
73 Octane

Oil:
OMD 370

Length:
48.3 in 1227 mm

Width:
20 in 508mm

Height
29.6 in 752 mm

Weight:
330 lb 136 Kg

Power to Weight Ratio:
0.393 BHP/ lb

Notes:

NAC = National Airlines Cooperation
MU = Maintenance Unit
BOC = Brought On Charge
MOTAT = Museum Of Transport And Technology
EFTS = Elementary Flying Training School/Squadron
A/C = Aircraft
NSW = New South Wales Australia
ASU = Aircraft Servicing Unit
CFS = Central Flying School
LAC = Leading Air Craftsman [one of the lower ranks]
WARB = War Articles/Assets Release Board
U/C = Undercarriage
C of A = Certificate of Air Worthiness
Inst = Instructional Non-Flying Training Airframe
TAF = Territorial Air Force
Sqn = Squadron
TTS = Technical/Trade Training School
ATC = Air Training Corp
A/F = Air Frame
GR = General Recon
CAA = Civil Airways Authority
TEAL = Tasman Empire Airways Ltd [for runner to Air NZ]
RAN FAA = Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm

NZ 658 Flown in Singapore Area With No 1 Airfield Construction Squadron 1941 Lost Feb 1941

NZ 650 to NZ 689 UK Built NZ Assembled
NZ 701 to NZ 724 Impressed from Local Aero Clubs Oct and Nov 1939
NZ 730 to NZ 749 UK Built NZ Assembled
NZ 751 to NZ 850 NZ Built
NZ 851 to NZ 900 UK Built NZ Assembled
NZ 1401 to NZ 1420 Aust Built
NZ 1421 to NZ 1500 NZ Built
NZ 1601 NZ Built

In the UK the A/C were adapted to carry 8 x 20lb [9.07 kg] bombs under wings,
If the invasion of England over the English Channel occurred there was over
500 Tiger Moths ready to attack the landing craft.
In the Far East, the Tiger Moth was further modified to be able to carry a
Stretcher, as an Air Ambulance role.

Build By De Havilland Eng Ltd at Hatfield Built for RAF Sent to NZ

NZ 851

Constructors No.: 82510
RAF No.: N9456
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To New Plymouth Apr 1940
B O C Unit 9 New Plymouth 19 Apr 1940
Sold from Wigram
To N Z Insurance Co 16 Dec 1946
Registered ZK – ALY
Purchased on behalf of Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club
To replace ZK-AJD that had crashed on 13 Oct 1946
Crashed at Napier 28 Nov 1954

NZ 852

Constructors No,: 82261
RAF No.: N9142
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To New Plymouth Apr 1940
B O C Unit 9 New Plymouth 19 Apr 1940
To 2 EFTS New Plymouth
Moved to Ashburton 1941 – 1943
Issued free from Taieri
To Marlborough Aero Club 4 Jun 1948
Registered ZK – ASH
Not used by club, on sold
To F Patterson
To Air Contracts Ltd, Masterton 13 Jun 1950
To Aerial Agriculture Ltd, Hastings 27 Sep 1951
Withdrawn from use and broken up 1958

NZ 853

Constructors No.: 82511
RAF No.: N9457
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To New Plymouth Apr 1940
B O C Unit 9 New Plymouth 19 Apr 1940
To 2 EFTS Ashburton 1943
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1943 – 1944
Sold from 42 Sqn
To Hawera Aero Club 3 Jul 1946
Registered ZK – AKB 19 Jun 1946
Reduced to spares by Air Repair 20 Dec 1954

NZ 854

Constructors No.: 82302
RAF No.: N9185
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To New Plymouth Apr 1940
B O C Unit 9 New Plymouth 19 Apr 1940
To 2 EFTS New Plymouth 1940 - 1941
Fitted with canopy early 1943
With ATC touring Flight 1943-1944
Sold from Wigram
To A Baker, Cambridge 12 Aug 1947
Registered ZK – APP
Canopy was retained for some time
Operated by Earthmovers [Waikato] Ltd
To Hawkes Bay Aerial Topdressing Co Ltd 19 May 1950
To Harris and Pirie Ltd
To Aircraft Fertilizing Hawkes Bay Ltd 17 Apr 1951
To Aerial Agriculture Ltd Hastings 18 Jan 1955
To T Martin, Hastings 1957
Used by Aerial Agricultire Ltd, Hastings 1958 - 1959
Canceled from register Broken Up 26 Nov 1959
Dismantled 1960
To I Pirie, Nelson
Re registered 12 Jul 1994
Currently airworthy

NZ 855

Constructors No.: 82300
RAF No.: N9183
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Summerse to NZ
To New Plymouth 19 Apr 1940
B O C Unit 9 New Plymouth 19 Apr 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1942
To 2 EFTS Ashburton 1943 – 1944
Sold from Wigram
To J Gould 2 May 1947
Registered ZK – ARD
To J Frizzel Wellington
To Wairarapa and Ruahine Aero Club 24 Feb 1949
To Air Contracts Ltd, Masterton
Converted to Top dresser 5 Sep 1951
To Aerial Projects Ltd
Crashed at Poporangi, Hawkes Bay 19 Nov 1951
Mr Glen Earl killed 19 Nov 1951
The pilot was a short man who sat on an apple box placed
On the seat of the Tiger Moth to give him better visibility.
He was giving an impromptu aerobatic display and it is thought
That he slipped off the apple box while the A/C was inverted

NZ 856

Constructors No.: 82480
RAF No.: N9410
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To New Plymouth Apr 1940
B O C Unit 9 New Plymouth 19 Apr 1940
To 2 EFTS New Plymouth
The propeller disintegrated and the A/C dived into the ground
From 500 ft 10 May 1940
LAC D Bullen seriously injured
The A/C had been flying less than 2 weeks at the time of the accident

NZ 857

Constructors No.: 82350
RAF No.: N9249
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 1 May 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1943 – 1944
Sold from Taieri
To E Goodchild, Rotorua 27 Feb 1947
Registered ZK – AOV 28 Jan 1947
To C and T Motors
Crashed at Waihi Beach 29 Nov 1948

NZ 858

Constructors No.: 82263
RAF No.: N9144
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 2 May 1940
Issued free from 42 Sqn
To New Plymouth Aero Club 11 Jan 1946
Registered ZK – AIC
To Rural Aviation
Converted to Top dresser Jan 1952
To Reeves Transport 1955
Crashed at Te Onepu 29 Mar 1956
De Registered 17 May 1957

NZ 859

Constructors No.: 82341
RAF No.: N9246
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 3 May 1940
To 2 EFTS New Plymouth 1940 – 1942
To 2 EFTS Ashburton 1942 – 1943
Fitted with canopy Aug 1944
With ATC Touring Flight 1944
Sold from Shelly Bay
To Wairarapa and Ruahine Aero Club 13 Nov1946
Registered ZK – AKN 4 Nov 1946
To Blackmore Air Services, Rotorua 8 Jul 1948
To D Turnbull, Havelock North
Converted to Top dresser 10 Aug 1950
To Wings Fertilizer Ltd, Napier 1955
Destroyed in a gale at Hastings May 1957
Written off reduced to spares

NZ 860

Constructors No.: 82513
RAF No.: N9459
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 4 May 1940
To 2 EFTS New Plymouth 1941
To 2 EFTS Ashburton
Crashed at Ashburton Airfield 14 Mar 1943
Written off 8 Apr 1943

NZ 861

Constructors No.: 82512
RAF No.: N9458
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 6 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1944
Landing collision with Tiger Moth NZ 871 at Taieri 17 feb 1944
Sold from Whenuapai
To Central Hawkes Bay Aero Club 15 Mar 1947
Registered ZK – ANL
To Southern Hawkes Bay Aero Club Apr 1957
To Marshall and Neville Ltd, Hastings
Converted to a Sprayer 2 Jan 1960
Company re named as Astro – Air Ltd
A/C registered to them 17 Aug 1978
Carried out the last aerial spraying done by a Tiger Moth in N Z 28 Dec 1980
To R Graham, Napier 9 Nov 1987
To T and S Griffin, Upper Hutt 2 Mar 1999
Currently air worthy

NZ 862

Constructors No.: 82482
RAF No.: N 9428
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 11 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1943
U/C written off in a heavy landing at Taieri
By LAC McNamara 24 Sep 1941
To 2 EFTS Ashburton 1943 – 1944
Sold from Taieri
To W Johns, New Brighton 20 Feb 1947
Registered ZK – AOM 17 Feb 1947
Not used but on sold
To New Plymouth Aero Club
To Rural Aviation Ltd, New Plymouth
Converted to Top dresser Jan 1950
Named “TIPITIN”
Crashed at Mangahoe 3 Oct 1950
Mr Gerry Hooper killed
This was the first fatality in the history of
NZ aerial top dresser operations

NZ 863

Constructors No.: 82355
RAF No.: N9254
Built at Hatfield UK
contract No 778402/38 Ex R A F stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 11 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1941 – 1942
Engine failure during aerobatic exercise,
Forced landing near Waihola 27 Jun 1941
Sold from Woodbourne WARB release No H895
To J Reid 9 Jul 1947
Registered ZK – AQA 8 Jul 1947
To Nelson Aero Club Jul 1950
To McCready Aviation Ltd Oct 1956
To J Wilson, Te Awamutu 1957
To Auckland Gliding Club 4 Jun 1961
Engine failure on take off with a glider in tow
Crashed into the roof of
Ardmore Teachers Training College 25 Jan 1965
To G Smith, Dairy Flat
Stored in a damaged condition 7 Sep 1988
De Registered not rebuilt 3 Dec 1991
To G S and G A Smith, Dairy Flat
Stored in damaged condition as possible rebuild

NZ 864

Constructors No.: 82369
RAF No.: N9268
Built at Hatfield UK
contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 13 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1941 – 1943
Collided on take off with Tiger Moth
NZ 1406 at Taieri 10 Jun 1943
Written off 24 Jun 1943

NZ 865

Constructors No.: 82283
RAF No.: N9172
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 13 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1944
Crashed when landing at Taieri 16 Sep 1943
Converted to Inst 103 ATC Gore 10 Jul 1944

NZ 866

Constructors No.: 82481
RAF No.: N 9172
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 13 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1942
Crashed into the sea off Saint Kilda Beach 24 Jun 1942
Written off

NZ 867

Constructors NO.: 82282
RAF No.: N9171
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 16 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1943
Sold from Whenuapai
To Auckland Aero Club 17 Jul 1946
Registered ZK – AIS
Disappeared, pilot Mr James Taylor took off on a
Solo local flight from Mangere and flew in a South
Westerly direction, bad weather set in shortly after. 1625 on 28 Apr 1949

Missing – Chris Rudge –

Mr. James Innes Taylor, age 20, with 11 hrs dual, 6 hrs solo, with his PPL at 1645 hrs on 8 Apr 1949.

Departed Mangere airfield in good weather conditions, when he had not returned by 1740 hrs,
the club became concerned even though the A/C was fitted with night flying instruments.

At first light four aero club A/C and two C47,[DC3s] of 41 Sqn, a Catalina of 5 Sqn and a
Harvard were given a sector to search.

The area extended from Whangaparaoa Peninsula, across to the northern point of Coromandel Peninsula
down to Waihi and over to Raglan, the search was finally given up on 9 May.

Mr. P Brays picked up an interplane strut at Kaiiotahi Gap at 1430 hrs on 10 Jul 1949 and handed it into the
police at Waiuku,

Although not positively identified as coming from ZK - AIS, given the colour it was painted
there was a high probability that it was,

No other trace has been found

NZ 868

Constructors No.: 82372
RAF No.: N9271
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 15 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1942
To 2 EFTS Ashburton 1943
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1943 – 1944
Sold from Taieri
To S Lister 25 Sep 1947
Registered ZK – API
Converted to Canopy version prior to 1949
To Hewett Aviation
Converted to Top dresser
Crashed at Tokanui near Waikawa 12 Oct 1956
Mr Harold Campbell killed
De Registered exported to Australia
Registered V H – RAW
To R Windred, Dungog, NSW 24 Sep 1998
Currently air worthy in Australia

NZ 869

Constructors No.: 82429
RAF No.: N 9342
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 17 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1942
Damaged while landing at Taieri 4 Nov 1942
Repaired and returned to service
To 2 EFTS New Plymouth
Moved to Ashburton 1942 – 1944
Sold from Wigram
To H Wigley 29 Jan 1947
Registered ZK- ANG 7 Feb 1947
Converted to Canopy version prior to 1949
To Aerial Sowing Canterbury Ltd 3 May 1950
Stalled during a training flight
Crashed at Lyeldale 25 May 1956
Written off Pilot O K

NZ 870

Constructors No.: 82342
RAF No.: N9247
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 17 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1944
Flipped upside down while landing at Taieri 24 Feb 1941
Flown by LAC Donaldson
Repaired And returned to service
Issued free from Wigram
To Middle Districts Aero Club 16 Oct 1949
Registered ZK – ASE
To Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club Mar 1950
Crashed at Otamauri 7 Dec 1952
De Registered 10 Aug 1954

NZ 871

Constructors No.: 82479
RAF No.: N9409
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 21 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1942
Landing collision with Tiger Moth NZ 861
On the runway at Taieri 17 Feb 1944
Repaired And returned to service
Issued free from Taieri
To Middle Districts Aero Club 18 Aug 1949
Registered ZK – ASF
Not flown by club, used for spares
De Registered 3 Aug 1951

NZ 872

Constructors No.: 82425
RAF No.: N9409
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 21 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1944
Crashed onto the concrete apron while
Landing in high winds and caught fire 25 Mar 1944
Written off 15 Apr 1944

NZ 873

Constructors No.: 82374
RAF No.: N9273
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 21 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1941
Mid air collision with Tiger Math NZ 717 in landing circuit,
Caused by low setting sun in the eyes of both pilots,
Landed on a hedge 7 Feb 1941
F/O L Poore LAC P Stewart injured
Written off

NZ 874

Constructors No.: 82475
RAF No.: N9405
Built at Hatfield UK
contract No 778402 / 38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 23 May 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1942
Issued free from Taieri
To Marlborough Aero Club 1 Jun 1948
Registered ZK – ASM
Not used by club
To N Lowe and I McMurdo, Hastings 6 Aug 1948
To Jim Frogley, Havelock North
[Avro 626 NZ 203 owner] 20 Mar 1950
To Aerial Agriculture Ltd, Hastings
Converted to a Top dresser 19 Jun 1951
To T Martin, Hastings 11 Oct 1957
De Registered withdrawn from use 17 Oct 1957
Re Registered B Lynch and G Hogan, Auckland 16 Nov 1999
Currently air worthy

NZ 875

Constructors No.: 82340
RAF No.: N9245
Built at Hatfield UK
Contract No 778402/38 Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Somerset to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 23 May 1940
To Flying Instructors School, Hobsonville 1940 – 1941
To Central Flying School, Tauranga 1942
To ATC Touring Flight 1944
Crashed on the slopes of Mt Maungatapere
Near Whangarei 2 Apr 1944
P/O M Pfeffer unhurt Sgt Sparrow instructor injured

NZ 876

Constructors No.: 82963
RAF No.: R5068
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 31 May 1940
Written off at Rongotai Jun 1943
Converted to Inst 53 at TTS Nelson Jun 1943
Reduced to spares Hobsonville 1946

NZ 877

Constructors No.: 82962
RAF No.: R5067
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 1 Jun 1940
To 1 EFTS Taieri 1940 – 1942
Issued free from Wigram
To Hawera Aero Club 19 Jan 1948
Registered ZK – ARE
To Auster Air Services
Converted to Top dresser 18 May 1955
Crashed near Timaru late 1955
De Registered 22 May 1957

NZ 878

Constructors No.: 82892
RAF No.: R4982
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 6 Jun 1940
To 2 EFTS Ashburton
Failed to recover from an inverted position 5 Nov 1943
while flying at about 2,500 ft
P/O Hugh Eagleson killed
LAC N Grant serious injury
Written off 23 Nov 1943

NZ 879

Constructors No.: 82888
RAF No.: R4978
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 3 Jun 1940
TO 3 EFTS Harewood 1943 – 1944
Issued free from Taieri
To Nelson Aero Club 15 Sep 1949
Registered ZK – AYE 2 Feb 1951
To A Blechynden 28 Oct 1957
The transfer was not notified to CAA
Who canceled it from the register 28 Nov 1957
Re Registered ZK – BVK Jan 1958
To W Scott, Karangahua 1958
Broke up in flight 10 miles north of Otorohanga
Killing pilot and passenger 7 May 1958
At the time of the accident the new registration
Had not been applied to the A/C

NZ 880

Constructors No.: 82964
RAF No.: R5069
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 5 Jun 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1943 - 1944
Crashed into a street at Oxford 25 Nov 1944
Written off 13 Dec 1944

NZ 881

Constructors No.: 82971
RAF No.: R5076
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 6 Jun 1940
To 2 EFTS New Plymouth
Circled the airport at a low altitude entered a diving turn
Crashed And Burned 0810 on 6 Oct 1942
LAC Chester Trobert killed
Written off 28 Oct 1942

NZ 882

Constructors No.: 82890
RAF No.: R4980
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 6 Jun 1940
Code letter/No A1
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1940 – 1942
Incomplete ex 42 Sqn
Reduced to spares at De Havilland Rongotai 16 Jan 1946
Written off 20 Feb 1946

NZ 883

Constructors No.: 82889
RAF No.: R4979
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 7 Jun 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood
Mid air with Tiger Moth NZ 886 and overturned
After crash landing in a paddock 20 Feb 1941
Near Harewood
Repaired And returned to service
Left wing folded back 45^ during a loop at
3,000 ft, entered an uncontrollable spin 0750 on 11 Sep 1941
Instructor P/O K Blair bailed out uninjured
LAC Bryan Lambourne was unable to do so in time, killed
Accident caused by faulty workmanship on the tie rod that
Held the wing attachments to the fuselage

NZ 884

Constructors No.: 82891
RAF No.: R4979
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 7 Jun 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1943 – 1944
Sold from Taieri
To D Monteagle, Dunedin 20 Feb 1947
Registered ZK – ANW
To Airwork NZ Ltd
Converted to Top dresser 11 Jul 1949
To Checkers Aerial Top Dressing Co Ltd 23 Apr 1956
To Central Aviation Ltd 23 Dec 1958
To M Todd, Heriot 3 Apr 1959
De Registered Withdrawn from use 11 Feb 1965

NZ 885

Constructors No.: 82887
RAF No.: R4977
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 6 Jun 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1940 – 1944
Sold from Wigram
To Canterbury Aero Club 19 Jul 1946
Registered ZK – AJH
To Aerial Work, Marlborough Ltd
Converted to Top dresser 23 May 1950
Crashed at Omaka 7 Feb 1955
Stored as potential rebuild project
To L Gatehouse stored at Blenheim 4 Nov 1968
To Gatehouse/Taylor Syndicate, Blenheim 28 Aug 1975
De Registered withdrawn from use 11 Oct 2001
Believed stored in Blenheim

NZ 886

Constructors No.: 82897
RAF No.: R4987
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 19 Jun 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood
Mid air with Tiger Moth NZ 883 at 800 ft
In landing circuit, entered a spin and crashed near
Burnside Road and burned 0930 on 20 Feb 1941
LAC William Stephens killed

NZ 887

Constructors No.: 82895
RAF No.: R4985
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 20 Jun 1940
To 2 EFTS Ashburton 1942-1943
Sold from Taieri
To D Gray , Dunedin 14 Jan 1947
Registered ZK – AOC
Crashed near Clarence River 16 Feb 1947
Registration transferred to NZ 679
During a rebuild of both A/C in 1948
To Airspread Ltd, Tauranga rebuilt
Re Registered ZK – BBE Nov 1952
Damaged in accident at Waimana 22 May 1956
De Registered withdrawn from use 14 Nov 1961
at Mandeville

NZ 888

Constructors No.: 82899
RAF No.: R 4989
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 19 Jul 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood
Issued free from Wigram
To Auckland Aero Club 16 Feb 1948
Registered ZK – ARZ
Converted to Canopy version prior to 1949
To Aerial Agriculture Ltd, Hastings
Converted to Top dresser 7 May1951
De Registered withdrawn from use 15 Sep 1959
Re Registered Croydon Aircraft Co Ltd, Gore 19 Feb 1990
To C Mc Kenzie, Blenheim 21 May 1993
To Croydon Air Services Ltd, Gore 18 Aug 1997
Took part in Millennium Vintage Air Rally
From North Cape to the Bluff 9 to 18 Feb 2000
To Croydon Aircraft Co Ltd, Gore 14 Feb 2001
Currently airworthy

NZ 889

Constructors No.: 82900
RAF No.: R5005
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 19 Jul 1940
Code letter/No.: J1
To 3 EFTS Harewood Jan 1943
To 2 EFTS Ashburton Jun 1943
Sold from Taieri
To N Z Insurance Co 15 Apr 1947
To replace NZ AIJ [NZ 799]
On behalf of Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club
Registered ZK – AQI 15 Apr 1947
Converted to Canopy version prior to 1949
Crashed at Otane near Waipawa 15 Aug 1953

NZ 890

Constructors No.: 82896
RAF No.: R4986
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 20 Jul 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1942
Issued free from Taieri
To Tauranga Aero Club 12 Mar 1947
Registered ZK – ARF
Not used by club reduced to spares

NZ 891

Constructors No.: 82898
RAF No.: R4988
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 20 Jul 1940
Code letter Y
Heavy landing at Taieri while being used
By Grading School 7 Dec 1944
Written off 8 Feb 1945

NZ 892

Constructors No.: 82906
RAF No.: R5011
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 23 Jul 1940
Sold from Taieri
To J Lawrence, Dargaville 1 Apr 1947
Registered ZK- ANQ 21 Jan 1947
To Kaitaia Aero Club Aug 1948
Used by club until Jun 1953
To Adastra Ltd, Tauranga 28 Jan 1954
To D A Norman 1 Jul 1955
To R Scriver, Mount Maunganui 1968
To R Land and J Smith, Gisborne 9 Aug 1983
To R Land, Gisborne 1 Feb 1984
To Thompson/Burdan Syndicate, Wellington 26 May 1994
To S Tantrum, Blenheim 5 Mar 1996
To Omaka Collection, Wellington 29 Oct 2002
Currently Airworthy

NZ 893

Constructors No.: 82905
RAF No.: R5010
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 23 Jul 1940
Code letter/No.: O
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1940 – 1945
Sold from Taieri
To N Chambers Fiji
Cost 120.00.00 pound [$240] 27 Sep 1947
Registration VQ – FAF 12 Nov 1947
Airframe 2577.00 hrs Engine 1861 .00 hrs
Flown to Auckland, dismantled, shipped to Fiji
To Charles Kuhn
Shipped to NZ 5 May 1953
Registered ZK – BCI 16 Apr 1953
To Stratford Aero Club 26 May 1953
To a private owner, Nelson May 1959
Wrecked in a gale at Hawera before
Delivery was made 22 May 1959
De Registered 23 Jun 1959

NZ 894

Constructors No.: 82966
RAF No.: R5071
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 24 Jul 1940
Code letter: Z
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1940 – 1942
To 2 EFTS Ashburton 1943 – 1944
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1944
Sold from Wigram
To Canterbury Aero Club 19 Jun 1946
Registered ZK- AJI 28 May 1946
To Wanganui Aero Works Ltd
Converted to Top dresser 12 Nov 1953
Crashed at Karioria near Waiouru 27 Sep 1957

NZ 895

Constructors No.: 82965
RAF No.: R 5071
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 20 Jul 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1942 – 1943
Issued free from 42 Sqn
To Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club 14 Jun 1946
Registered ZK – AJV
Departed Hastings in bad weather for a flight
To Taupo but did not arrive 0800 on 7 Jun 1947
No trace has been found to date

Missing without trace – Chris Rudge –

Pilot John Dennis Tacon, hired the A/C from Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club, it was painted bright yellow.

Departed Hastings at 0800 hrs with 3 hours of fuel on board, bound for Taupo approx 1 hour away, the normal route was to follow the Napier – Taupo road over hilly farmland for half the distance.

Then through an area of thick bush and scrub where there were numerous gorges and ravines, this was where the road followed the Waipunga River east of the Ahimanawa range.

The last third was over a relatively open plain.

When the A/C failed to arrive RNZAF flying control set up a search H Q in Taupo.

Weather permitting the area was searched by many A/C both service and civilian including Catalina, Harvards,
Beechcraft, Miles Whitney Straight, Desoutter, Tiger Moths, Proctor, and Waco,

The air search was called off on Sun 15 June

NZ 896

Constructors No.: 82894
RAF No.: R4984
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 6 Aug 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1942 – 1944
Sold from Wigram
To Southland Aero Club 24 Apr 1947
Registered ZK – AOW 15 Aug 1947
Crashed at Mossburn 16 Dec 1950
De Registered 10 Dec 1952
Parts of this A/C and ZK – AYF [NZ 836]
Were used in the re construction of ZK – AYF

NZ 897

Constructors No.: 82893
RAF No.: R4983
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
First flight 24 Feb 1940
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 2 Aug 1940
First flight In NZ 26 Jul 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 13 Aug 1940
To Rongotai For a complete overhaul
Total 1677.15 Hrs flown 9 Jan 1943
Test flown after overhaul 17 Mar 1943
To 3 EFTS Harewood 23 Mar 1943
To Woodbourne for storage 14 May 1945
Flown to 3 ASU Taieri for long term storage 5 Sep 1945
Removed From storage 2 Aug 1949
Issued free from Wigram
To Tauranga Aero Club 20 Oct 1949
Registered ZK – ATV 23 Nov 1949
Not used by club, on sold
To R Graham, Tauranga 23 Nov 1949
Used by AirSpread Ltd, Mount Maunganui
Converted to a Top dresser
Engine failure on take off, A/C rolled down a steep slope,
Across a gully, and into a hill at Motea 5 Oct 1954
Pilot managed to jump clear
De Registered 14 Nov 1961

NZ 898

Constructors No.: 82902
RAF No.: R5007
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 2 Aug 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1942
To CFS Tauranga
Crashed into bush near Tauranga 27 Jun 1944
Written off 13 Jul 1944

NZ 899

Contractors No.: 82901
RAF No.: R 5006
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 2 Aug 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1942
To 2 EFTS Ashburton 1944
Issued free from Taieri
To Wairarapa and Ruahine Aero Club 4 May 1949
Registered ZK – ATI 20 Jun 1949
To Air Contracts Ltd, Masterton 23 Feb 1950
To W Bower and Co Ltd, Palmerston North 19 Jul 1956
To Aviation Sales and Service Ltd 20 Jun 1958
To B Mc Kay, Eketahuna late 1958
To A Kane and others, Waiouru 1959
To Wellington and Wairarapa Gliding Club late 1961
To R Ellwood, Trentham 12 Jun 1967
To P Shand,
Crashed and badly damaged in
Landsborough Valley, South Westland 14 Feb 1968
To B Drake and J Muir, Cromwell 19 Aug 1968
First flight After rebuild 2 Dec 1968
To B and M Drake, Christchurch 7 May 1970
To K Simich, Auckland 14 Jan 1971
To A Fahey and J Sager, Auckland 26 Mar 1974
To A Fahey, Bombay, South Auckland Mar 1976
De Registered Exported to U S A 9 Apr 1976
Registered N 27 WB
To S Buck, California 26 May 1976
De Registered Exported to U K
Registered G – ALIW
To D Geddes and F Curry, London 17 Aug 1981
Currently Air worthy

NZ 900

Constructors No.: 82970
RAF No.: R5075
Built at Hatfield UK Ex RAF stock
Shipped on SS Rangitata to NZ
To Wellington Apr 1940
B O C Unit 18 Rongotai 6 Aug 1940
To 3 EFTS Harewood 1942 – 1944
Sold from Taieri
To Mr Hall – Jones 24 Jul 1947
Registered ZK – AQH 24 Sep 1947
Not used but on sold
To Nelson Aero Club
To Southern Scenic Air Services Oct 1949
To Hawkes Bay Aerial Top Dressing 1950
Converted to Top dresser
To Bay Air Spray, Hastings 16 Jun 1952
Converted To sprayer
To Bay Air Spray, Hastings
Cost ` 75.00.00 pound [$150] 8 Mar 1957
Crashed at Pirinoa 10 Dec 1957
Fuselage burnt at Hastings 5 Nov 1958

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In the middle with the power levers, gotta make more noise.

I recently watched a Canadian aircraft documentary that mentioned that plane. They reported it was quite a handful for pilots to keep under control, and taught new pilots how to manage a squirrely machine.

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They were a great machine to learn to fly in, fully aerobatic +9 to -3G.
From them, the air force pilots went onto the Harvard / Texan T6, it had more things to worry about, like remembering to put the wheels down.
If a strong enough wind they could be flown backwards,
At one of the training bases when the wind got too strong, they would approach the hanger, reduce the engine power until it was sitting stationary, the troops would run out, grab a handful of wing or tail, and when they were ready the pilot would cut the engine and the troops would carry it into the hanger.
The glue that held the wooden main spar started to let go after about 35 to 40 years so to get a new Cert Of Aviation they had to replace the main spars, not a cheap job. This grounded a lot of them.