Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 16, 2018 15:36:14 GMT 12
I don't know if all the old hands here were fully aware of this but I wasn't, Jack Gould that bought up loads of Oxfords and some Walrus flying boats postwar was killed tragically. This from the BAY OF PLENTY TIMES, dated the 26th of December 1947;
OWNER-PILOT BURNED TO DEATH
PLANE CRASHES INTO HOUSE
Dwelling At Paraparaumu
Partly Destroyed Lucky Escape For Occupants
(P.A.) Auckland, Dec. 25.
An owner-pilot was burned to death, and part of a house was destroyed by fire when his Tiger Moth aircraft, ZK-APL, flying low over Paraparaumu shortly after 6 o'clock on Wednesday evening, crashed into a rooftop and burst into flames. The pilot was Mr Jack Mervyn Gould, aged 34, married, with no children, a contractor and garage proprietor, of Paraparaumu. He had no passenger in his aeroplane.
The occupants of the house, which was divided into two flats, were not injured. Mrs F. Clewer, wife of the owner, was the only person at the time in the front flat, which was destroyed. She escaped badly shaken through a side door before the flames got a hold, Mrs A.H. Miles, who has four children, was in the back flat.
Earlier this year, Mr Gould purchased two Walrus amphibian planes and 110 Oxfords from the War Assets Realisation Board and in June made a sensational flight from Woodbourne across Cook Strait in a Walrus which had no certificate of airworthiness and which had not flown since l945. He later taxied a Walrus from Wairau Bar to Paraparaumu.
Post by planewriting on Oct 16, 2018 19:57:28 GMT 12
His widow, Margaret Gould, became National Airways Corporation's first ground hostess, at Paraparaumu Airport. There is a well known Whites Aviation photograph of her escorting young children on the tarmac. Referring to his two Walrus flying boats; he illegally flew NZ157 without a licence or C of A from Woodbourne to Paraparaumu in June 1947. In order to get the second one (NZ160) to Paraparaumu ,he taxied it from Cloudy Bay, Marlborough across Cook Strait. The voyage, on 24 July 1947, took about seven hours. (From notes in Aviation Historical Society journal December 1997). I think his wife was on board.
At home in Oz I have a copy of the investigation into the crash of Tiger Moth ZK-APL at Paraparaumu and seem to recall Gould's licence was suspended at the time of the accident however I'll not be able to confirm this until back home mid-December
Towards the end of the war, another sound of explosives was being heard, as Gould’s Contractors from Paraparaumu built a road for Campbell’s sawmill along the escarpment above Waterfall Road. A sawmill was being established at Paraparaumu and a road pushed through into native bush in the headwaters of the Whakatikei River (a tributary of the Akatarawa River) close to the base of Mt. Wainui. This road branched off the Maungakotukutuku Road. The sawmill which operated at Paraparaumu, used logs from there for some years until the supply of native timber was exhausted and the mill became uneconomic then closed. The remnants of that road are still visible from Raumati South.
After the war a Paraparaumu resident Jack Gould, bought some surplus planes and brought some of these to Paraparaumu. One morning in 1947, word went around that an amphibious bi-plane was parked on Raumati beach. He had bought two Walrus amphibian aircraft at Woodburn in Blenheim and taxied one across Cook Strait at night. Apparently there was no certificate ofairworthiness, so flying them home was a definite no no! On Christmas Eve 1947 we were all watching some spectacular aerobatics being undertaken in a Tiger Moth. Unfortunately, later that day the plane crashed into a power-pole at Paraparaumu beach, setting fire to an adjacent house and killing the pilot Jack Gould
Post by Dave Homewood on Oct 18, 2018 11:56:44 GMT 12
From the BAY OF PLENTY TIMES, 12 JULY 1949
FATAL AIR CRASH AT PARAPARAUMU
CLAIM FOR £2744 DAMAGES
(PA.) Wellington, July 11. A sequel to a fatal air crash at Paraparaumu on December 24, 1947, is a claim for £2744 damages brought before Mr Justice Smith in Wellington today. The plaintiffs are Frank and Louisa Clewer, whose house in Nathan Avenue was struck by an aircraft and badly damaged by fire.
The defendants are Mrs Margaret Murie Gould, widow of the pilot, Jack Mervyn Gould, an administratrix of his estate, and J. M. Gould, Ltd., contractors and aeroplane proprietors. The plaintiffs are represented by Mr W. E. Leicester, with him Mr H. R. C. Wild, and defendants by Mr H. R. Biss.
Mr Leicester said that liability had been admitted by the defendants, but the amount was in dispute. The case was adjourned until tomorrow.