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Using the “Elevation Profile” function on Google Earth, this is what you get:

The Elevation Profile runs back to front to what is shown in the Google Earth image above it. Position “X” is on the left of the profile, and position “Z” on the right. The position shown on the Profile is automatically shown as a broad red arrow on the GE image.

If Barstow was at 3000’ at this point ( or even 4000’) and still in cloud, he was in real trouble!

You will probably now ask,”has there ever been a claimed sighting of a crashed Corsair in this area,” and you’ll be stunned as I was that YES, there has! Haggard Creek!!!

In Chris Rudge’s most excellent book “MISSING”.... (The undisputed bible on missing aircraft in New Zealand), he records:


In 1982, Mr Kevin Winterburn, the president of the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society at the time, became interested in the missing Corsair after a chance meeting with Peter Sheppard, the pilot of NZ5522. As a result of discussions about the flight, Winterburn decided to carry out a search with the help of his son David, and Mr Myron Hull. Through the society, Winterburn had heard  a story where a deer culler had “walked” on the wing of the missing aircraft, somewhere on the Haggard Creek side of Mt Galileo. In 1982, the three men were flown into the Mt Galileo area, six miles south of the Berlins Bluff, in a Hughes 500 helicopter. They spent a day on the tops and searched around the bushline  without success.


As this scenario is obviously the most likely and logical one, at this stage I will say that it is the most promising, however, there still is yet another additional possibility....

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