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At 4.51 pm, Paul Clarke was given clearance for  take-off at Ardmore for  an hours practice flight in the training area to the south-east of Ardmore.
There has never been any trace since.... Except maybe from what I have shown in this article?
Missing: Paul William Clarke - age 20
7 January 1982
Piper Tomahawk ZK-WAC

9 August 2013

 

In July 2012, I was able to get copies of the original Search files for ZK-WAC with permission of the TAIC. Until now I have not had time to examine them.

When I initially perused them, I noted the huge amount of reports of sightings and thought that finally the Authorities at the time had a system in place that recorded the details accurately enough to enable future accurate investigation, but alas, this was not to be... The forms, although set out in such a way that made it easy to ensure much of the needed information was gathered, were obviously too difficult to understand, so most of them only supplied partial information. This was also not helped by the names of many of the observation places had been spelt incorrectly which made it very difficult to locate them. However, I shouldn’t complain as at least I had something to go by. There were over 50 Reports, so I spent a lot of time deciphering the information, locating the supposed locations of the observation areas, and where possible, created placemarks on Google Earth along with arrows to show the direction of travel.

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This above photo was Paul’s Mum’s favourite and was copied from the one she kept with her ever since he disappeared. If anyone has a clearer one, please send it to me so that I can post it here.

Send to: grgrimmer@waspnet.co.nz