Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 20, 2019 21:05:46 GMT 12
Brian Mitchell from Ashburton Aviation Museum sent me these two photos which he said, "We received a heap of old negatives from Charlie Tindall photography shop when it was demolished this was among them... No one knew much about it, was about 1950 was the thought. I will try to find someone who might know more and get back to you. Unfortunately most of the people who may know have died."
We wonder if anyone here knows about it? Is this the V-1 flying bomb that is now at Auckland War Memorial Museum? Or is this the US-made Loon that is now at Wigram? Or a whole different one altogether?
Its almost certainly the Auckland museum's example. Once It had been confirmed the photo at Ashburton is reversed, you find the crinkles and dings around the rear fuse (especially the ones behind where the boy is standing) match the damage seen on the example today. See www.kiwimodeller.com/~kmodel/index.php/forum/51-world-war-ii/29810-fieseler-fi-103-vergeltungswaffe-1-reference-pics It appears as though there has been some basic panelbeating but the big crease from the corner of the access panel is still visible. The paint finish is light grey over all - I think the coloured camo has been applied later - I would guess for the Ohakea display.
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 21, 2019 13:11:56 GMT 12
Yes it is now confirmed as the AWM one. The RNZAF owned it till 1955 as an instructional piece, and it toured the country with an RNZAF Corporal and two LAC's (at least) in 1948; before it was allocated by the Government Stores Board to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in 1955.