With the impending flight of a Mosquito in New Zealand I thought it would be appropriate to post a few Mosquito pictures .
All of these images were taken at Woodbourne when a batch of Mosquitos were being scrapped. Copyright for all pictures is Cliff Horrell from Ashburton . Some have been published before, but it is a scene that could be repeated in the near future if the A4 sale goes bad and the US state department does not approve dispersal to museums....
The Merlin engines and various other parts were removed to Horrells yard in Ashburton where they were broken up.
Post by Peter Lewis on Sept 29, 2010 19:28:42 GMT 12
Interesting to note that the name of the purchaser 'ROLFE' is shown on some of these aircraft. I seem to recollect that there was some connection between Rolfe Industries and Aircraft Supplies Ltd. of Palmerston North who were trying to sell the six ex-RNZAF Mosquitos overseas?
Retirement is something for the young. Once you are old you never seem to have the time.
I would imagine so. I know at least one saw war service as I once found a Mosquito aileron on a farm near Woodbourne that had the remains of D Day invasion stripes clearly visible ( unless it was supplied as a spare part).
Taking a punt at the mystery location photo I'm wondering whether it is Kaitaia as that has the somewhat bleak, scrubby surrounds and no hills in the background. During 75 Sqns deployment there they did have an open day and the Meteor was present. Just an educated guess though!
I note the Mozzie has bomber- type shrouded exhausts - unusual for NZ FB6s.....
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Sorry to see the destruction.I have similar pics of the aircraft being towed out for disposal, and a matching set with Mustangs about to face the Woodbourne chop. It might be too much for some to see them in the same week.