No Dave, we undid every nut and bolt, or broke the bits off. Then all the aluminium was taken to the Neilson Street foundry for melting down (same place where the TEAL F/boats went, and the Dauntless's, plus a few others). I clearly remember one engine had a broken master conrod, it sure made a mess of the innards.
One more bit of faded memory. I still recall 3 Hudsons, wingless, parked beside the kerb down the hill off Te Rapa straight, just along from where Spotlight is now. You Waikato fellows will know the place. That was around late 1947, they were there for a couple of years before they disappeared.
My grandfather Sqd. Ldr Paul Green did five tour of duties to the islands during the war. Three flying Kitty's and two flying Corsairs. Two of the kittyhawks saved he flew, NZ3009 and NZ3043 which I think is in Aussie. It brings tears to my eyes seeing those beautiful planes that had a lot of history in defending our country completely wiped out forever. It was a real shame there weren't more people like John Smith back then that could have saved more planes from being scrapped. To think that we had 20 or so Dauntless dive bombers, all scrapped. No one had any foresight back then. I read my grandfathers log books all the time. He flew 30 different Kitty's and 25 different Corsairs and even an american air force p38 at Guadalcanal. All those men and planes gone forever. Sad.
Welcome to the forum!! Your grandfather is someone who has come up many times in my research and in conversation with veterans, and he was always remembered fondly by those who served with him.
NZ3043 is with John Smith at Mapua, rather than in Aussie.
I'd love to see your grandfather's logbooks. Is there any chance of possibly getting digital photograph copies please?
Hi Dave, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org NZ3009 is on his log books alot . I checked his log books this morning. He actually flew 69 different Kitty's. Very sad seeing those photos, wish more were saved. Cheers Ward Kellahan