I note that NZ2001 and NZ2003 went to the Department of Agriculture. Does anyone know the following?
a) What did the Dept of Ag do with them? Were they used as transports? Were they converted to topdressers perhaps? Were they simply used as spares for farmers? and b) No fate is given - anyone know what became of the airframes?
Also, most surviving Hudsons were sold to scrap dealers. They being Metal Smelting and Refining Co of Nelson, Mr Larsen, Mr L. Asplin of Rukuhia and Mr Edwards.
But a handful were sold to individuals, obviously for farms, etc. Of these - NZ2010 to a Mr Caley sold from Taieri; and NZ2080 to a Mr MacIntosh. Also NZ2067 is recorded as being sold by the RNZAF through the WARB to an "unknown buyer"
What I'm interested to know is what became of those five airframes? Has anyone tried to trace their fate properly? I know the odds are very slim, but there is the slightest chance that at least one may be tucked away in a barn or under a hedge or something.
The other thing is, known museum-piece aircraft - NZ2035 and NZ2084 (now both at Ferrymead I believe) got to there from finds on individual's land I understand (at least in the case of '35 found on a farm near Blenheim - where was '84 found??). But they'd both been sold to the bulk purchasers, in this case Edwards and Larsen respectively. This means they must have also on-sold airframes as well as scrapped them. So, how many others sold to 'scrappers' may have sold on and possibly survived?