Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 25, 2018 17:07:49 GMT 12
Can anyone tell me more please about the aircraft and Trevor Mowat? Was he ex-RNZAF by any chance? This is from the WAIKATO INDEPENDENT, 14 JULY 1947
Plane Crashes When Landing
PILOT ESCAPES INJURY
ACCIDENT AT MANGAKINO
When landing on the airstrip at Mangakino on Friday afternoon a Tiger Moth plane piloted by Mr Trevor Mowat, of Karapiro, a member of the Waikato Aero Club, came to grief and overturned. Mr Mowat was uninjured but the plane received severe damage to the wings and undercarriage, and will be out of commission for some time.
Two planes had made the trip to Mangakino. Mr Mowat was flying solo in one and the other was piloted by Mr A.B. Baker who had with him the club instructor, Mr Guy Robertson.
When Mr Mowat's plane crash-landed, a large crowd quickly gathered, including over 200 children, who had just come out of school. Mr Mowat was brought back to Karapiro by Mr C. K. Lowe, and the damaged plane arrived back at Rukuhia on Saturday by motor truck.
Although the plane was insured the loss to the aero club is severe because of the difficulty of replacing the damaged parts.
Post by errolmartyn on Aug 25, 2018 19:26:56 GMT 12
Mowat would be NZ403284 Roland Trevor ('Trev') Mowat who enlisted at Rongotai as an ACH (Band) on 31 Aug 40. His death notice was posted on WONZ - he died 23 Sep 17 at Kaeo.
A. B. Baker is most likley:
From Colin Hanson’s By Such Deeds – Honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923 – 1999 :
BAKER, Flying Officer Arthur Bartrum. NZ1674; Born Christchurch, 24 Feb 1903; RNZAF 8 Aug 1942 to 12 Apr 1945; Works. Later A B Baker, OBE. OBE QB1966 For services to farming in New Zealand. United States Commendation (13 Nov 1944): Maj Gen Maxwell Murray, US Army, Commanding Headquarters Island Command, formally commended Fg Off Baker, 1 (Islands) Works Sqn, RNZAF, for “his spirit of cooperation and his production of lumber - a critical item, invariably in short supply.” Died Cambridge, 2 Nov 1969.
Author: Swift to the Sky – New Zealand’s Military Aviation History Author/publisher: For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 & A Passion For Flight - New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Publisher of Gp Capt C M Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999
Post by Peter Lewis on Aug 25, 2018 22:30:36 GMT 12
It would seem that the Tiger was repaired, as I can find no write-off date for one of Waikato's in 1947.
Baker was into the earthmoving business postwar - Earthmovers (Waikato) Ltd. He owned DH60 Moth ZK-ADT from September 1947 and used that for aerial seeding on his farm. Later aircraft owned by him were Auster ZK-AVF, Tiger ZK-APP and Miles Gemini ZK-ANT (which he eventually gifted to MoTAT)
Post by Dave Homewood on Aug 25, 2018 23:41:02 GMT 12
He and Ossie did more than seeding, they also spread superphosphate from the Moth. Repairing hill country farmland was Baker's profession, he was even given a gong for it. During the war his earthmoving skills saw him become a Works officer in the RNZAF. And he went on to become Chairman of James Aviation. He was also involved with the trucking firm Cambridge Transport.
Same engine, only difference might be pitch, fine for club use/circuits , and bumps, then coarse for cruise on longer flights. That could be either aircraft. isc Oops sorry, looked it up, the Moth Minor had the 90hp Gipsy Minor, so I assume that it had a smaller prop than a Tiger Moth.
Just a note on the side, Peter De Havilland had a Coupe Model for his use, it had a variable pitch prop. isc