Can i say thankyou to you Guys for all your help with this stuff its been a great help not to mention aviation history is just so bloody interesting. I think it is Mort in the photos, I'm just trying to get an idea on the relationship between John Tacon and Mort as i have found through reading the recently unearthed files on the mystery of ZK-AJV that Mort was in charge of the search effort. He liased with the police and the RNZAF. He stationed himself in Taupo and co-ordinated the search from there. But i have found that Mort went to huge lengths to find John driving all over the place out into the remote farms and settlements to interview people who may have seen a Tiger Moth. It seems that he must have been up for 20 plus hours a day running the search, sometimes not getting back to Taupo till 4am. I think that Mort was Fond of John and it seems he did all he could to find him. Cheers Gazza.
Afternoon Chaps I've been sniffing around down at the Taupo museum today and managed to unearth this photo of the LADY PAT the launch used in a lake search for possible wreckage of ZK-AJV on lake Taupo. The boat was skipperd by Fred Fletcher and searched the lake for two days at a cost of ( wait for it ) ....12 Pounds.....although I've found it took around a year before Fred got paid by the authorities for his part in the search for John Tacon......
Afternoon Chaps Gavin and I have completed our research into the recently unearthed files on Tiger ZK-AJV and we can now offer a presentation PDF download free on Gavins web site www.findlostaircraft.co.nz for all those who are interested feel free to go ahead and check out the new info we have discovered. Those two rocks on the right side of the river are about the size of a house, its easy to see how an aircraft could be lost in here and never come out.....
Last Edit: Jul 2, 2012 19:11:42 GMT 12 by garysoden
These photos are of a ground search we contucted this weekend in the Mohaka valley. we have been hearing some rumors of a possible wreck being found many years ago in this valley, we have been using google earth and flight sims to identify possible dangerous areas in this valley
As you will notice the Mohaka valley is a pretty ruggard place, we used our hand held GPS units and Two way radios to make sure we covered the hill pretty well. It was a long and steep tramp through here but we can at least now rule this spot out.
You may have noticed in the photo of John sitting in Tiger ZK-AIX the HB aero club-clubrooms in the back ground, the club rooms are still there to this day although they could do with a new coat of paint and a wee bit of TLC
Last Edit: Jul 2, 2012 19:06:23 GMT 12 by garysoden
Apparantly many years ago someone found Moa bones in this valley and someone else found gold, I'm not surprised its like the land of the lost down there. The whole area is soaked in Maori folklore and many parts of this valley seem to have never been trod by european feet. maybe somewhere in here there also hides a Tiger moth and its unfortunate pilot.
Last Edit: Jul 6, 2012 14:20:32 GMT 12 by garysoden
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 2, 2012 22:50:09 GMT 12
Just a thought here, would that Fletcher with the special tail boom that flies around scanning the ground for minerals be able to perhaps pick up metal components of an aircraft wreck in its scans over forest?
Yeah Dave i think they can pick up metal on the ground, from what I've heard they scan the area they are after then delete the stuff from ground and record the readings from different levels under ground. Gavin is looking into building his own Magnatometer to hang under his marada super 14 but they are a really expensive bit of kit. We have found that the navy have a synthetic aperture radar on their Seasprite helicopter that may be able to do it, Wonder if they will lend it to me for a day? ;D
Last Edit: Jul 6, 2012 14:23:58 GMT 12 by garysoden
Hi all A little bit of info has come up which may prove very helpful, we are trying to track relatives of a bloke named Peter Povey have any of you ever heard of him? Peter was a hunter from Hastings and passed away around twenty years ago. Right from the start of Gavin and i taking a serious look at this mystery we have heard stories of a person finding a aircraft wreck near the Mohaka river in the 1960s. we have chased this rumor all over the place asking anyone who will listen if they had heard of it. we think Peter was the person who found the wreck and we have some info on what area it was in. all we now need is a bit more info on Peter....
Hello Just a bit of an update, we finally managed to put a name to the chap standing by the wing tip of ZK-AIX in the photo. It was not Mort Vanderpump after all but a chap named Don Leeves, Don was a duty pilot at Bridge Pa and often used to ride a bicycle to the airfield as traveling by car once proved fatal when his friend Bill Esam was killed in an accident, Don was lucky to escape alive. Don had a brother, Bryan and wife named Ruth, Don was a close friend of Johnny Tacon and was said to be very upset when John went missing. Don helped out with the search for John and ZK-AJV he flew as an observer with Pete Van Asch in a Beechcraft and also searched in the clubs Tiger moths along with Bill Esam. Don passed away a number of years ago but his family are thrilled to have a copy of this photo of him as they had no idea of its existance...... ;D ;D ;D
Last Edit: Jan 9, 2013 20:40:39 GMT 12 by garysoden
The search for info on Peter Povey turned out to be a real goose chase, but i did manage to find some remaining family and as it turns out Peter worked at the Esk forest camp near Te pohue planting trees for the forest service for a few years in the mid 1960s. so this at least puts him in the right area and the right time frame, Peter was said to be a bit of a driffter type, a loner, and he did not have much contact at all with his own family and although they can't remember him talking of a plane wreck, they do remember that he used to hunt ;D......so now i am off to search for any of his old work mates to see if i can find any way of linking Peter to the rumor of the hunter who may have found a wreck in the 1960s.......I feel another Goose chase coming up.