Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 15, 2009 14:56:44 GMT 12
I liked one of the photos above so much, I'm turning it into the next forum header (hope you don't mind Shamus).
Here are some photos I took of the Subritzky's Oxford in February 2005 during a very pleasant visit to their amazing collection. Like anyone who has tried to photograph stuff in that hangar the green tinge is unavoidable caused by green skylights in the hangar.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 15, 2009 15:20:49 GMT 12
In my photos above if you look at the photos looking through the window into the cabin, look through the far windows and outside on the port of the fuselage you'll see the superstructure for the replica Oxford.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 17, 2009 22:26:54 GMT 12
Brilliant photos Marcus. Is that a Squadron Leader's pennant on NZ2116? Which squadron or unit used AX codes? It looks like it might be a unit commander's personal hack. Very interesting. I guess by the location it was based at Hobsonville, maybe the Station Commander?
Post by harvard1041 on Jun 18, 2009 9:24:42 GMT 12
Great shots of the Oxfords...just neat !
Recognise the location of NZ1342 in Blenheim - that's outside Charlie Saunders old garage - Mayfield Motors (Briscoes is there now) - much of it ended up around at Charlies place eventually - but now long gone.
There was always a ton of Oxford stuff around Blenheim even in the early 1980s...but that too has dried up - a couple of keen collectors have found good use for it..even 'young' Radiculous - who built the one running at Omaka - any photos there Al ?
Used to have a few Oxford bits and Cheetahs etc but have traded them off now... last engine went to Don Subz. about a year back.
Think there might actually be (at least) three Oxfords under rebuilt...a couple of guys up North are building one - using a lot of Australian sources bits ...
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 18, 2009 10:44:16 GMT 12
Interesting about the third under rebuild John, I wonder if that's the one owned by the chap connected with the Mosquito project? He bought it off TradeMe from Chris Rudge if I remember right.
I recall seeig a Cheetah engine from an Oxford run at Omaka's Classic Fighter show in 2007 and the sound was fantastic. I have a real soft spot for the Oxford and think it's a really nice looking aeroplane for its time. I wish there were a few around in flying condition in NZ.
I havent seen any mention of NZ277 in here just yet...
Last year we discovered that parts of NZ277 were recovered by the Taranaki Aviation and Technology Museum near New Plymouth. NZ277 was one of the Oxfords my Grandfather flew while training at Paraparaumu - practice bombing on the Foxton Sanddunes.
"On 23rd October 1942 this aircraft, with a crew consisting of Pilot Officer Rodney Dandey, Sgt Douglas Martyn, Sgt Graham Martin, and Sgt Edward Dodson, went missing in bad weather on a wireless telegraphy training flight. In January 1974 the aircraft, along with the remains of the crew, was found by a hunter, Mr Errol Clince, on the Northern slopes of Mt Egmont. "
Anyway, since we were quite close, my father took my grandfather to New Plymoth to reaquaint himself with the aircraft...
(the year is 1941)
I might go thorugh his logbook and see if I can find any others in this thread
He was posted to No 3 Flying training School - They were posted to Ohakea but reconstruction work on the runways was being done at that time so they were detached to Bell Block near New Plymouth from july until august
After 6 weeks, they were then detached to Paraparaumu from with stores being send down from Ohakea
"The Bell Block training was followed by an advanced flying course at Paraparaumu, then just a grass field with no buildings on it. We had a great time there learning the techniques of navigation, bombing and airgunnery and for that purpose were paired off, piloting the aircraft while your partner carried out the other specialist tasks and then swapping roles. "
They dropped smoke bombs in the bombing range near foxton, and also did air gunnery where they would fire a lewis gun at a drouge towed by a Hind.