Post by Peter Lewis on Jan 12, 2016 15:42:55 GMT 12
But by the look in the eye of the officer, I think yes they minded.
I recently acquired these two photos. Unfortunatly there is no mention of where and when.
Looking through the wartime Tiger Moth files, I come up with the following possibilities:
NZ717 with NZ873 near Taieri 7Feb41 NZ733 with NZ788 Outram landing ground near Taieri 7Nov42 NZ762 with NZ1438 near Harewood 1Nov43 NZ778 with NZ1411 near Harewood 25Jul1942 NZ784 with NZ789 near Taieri 25Aug43 NZ832 with NZ781 near Taieri 22Mar44 NZ839 with NZ1429 near Harewood 27Jul42 NZ864 collided on t/off with Tiger Moth NZ1406 Taieri 10Jun43
The next two would seem to be out of contention owing to the lack of roads and hedges: NZ873 with NZ723 near Taieri 7Feb41, landed on top of hedge. NZ886 with NZ883 near Harewood 20Feb41, cr onto Burnside Road.
My pick would be the NZ864/NZ1406 incident, but that's just based on the fact that one aircraft looks to be far more damaged than the other.
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Its Hobsonville, and neither is a Tiger Moth... Straight wing and stringer turtledeck makes one a DH60M, and the other is a Hawker Tomtit. That would make it NZPAF 1560 and NZ51, 29 March 1932 according to ADF serials...
Note the airman on extreme left in photo 1 is wearing one of the famous "cheesecutter' SD caps, and although you cannot really tell, the badge is the RAF OA badge (the RNZAF OA badge did not exist till about 1936/37). You would never see an airman in WW2 dressed like that (in denim overalls, with collar-less shirt), and he would have only worn an F/S cap. The officer standing next to him also looks very familiar. The famous curved hill in the background is a bit of a giveaway for Hobsonville, seen in background of so many photos. David D