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DH90A Dragonfly ZK-AFB
12 February 1962
Missing:  Brian Geoffrey Chadwick - aged 47
                Darrell Stanley Sheils - aged 33
                Louis Rowan - aged 25
                Elwyn Saville - aged 20
                Valerie Gay Saville - aged 22
The aircraft was on a tourist scenic flight that left Christchurch at 9.52am on the above date, bound
for Milford Sound.
There were many apparent sightings and ‘hearing’ observations on both the eastern side and the
western side of the South Island in the areas that the pilot, Brian Chadwick was known  to fly, which
caused great confusion for the searchers as they didn’t really have any clue as to where to start
searching! The outcome was that it became the biggest air search to ever happen in New Zealand,
and the searching still continues every so often, to this day.  
It became known as “The Honeymooners Flight” as Elwyn and Valerie Saville were on their

So far I have done seven searches for this aircraft and I believe I now have narrowed it down to quite a localized area in Jacobs River also known as Makawhio River.  If you click on the above image you will find a link where you can download a free Power-Point Presentation in the form of a 6.11 Mb pdf file which shows a lot of the evidence I have found, that points to ZK-AFB being in that river.

There is more fascinating evidence to back this up in my book “TRACED ...yet still missing!”

You can read about the first three aerial searches (Nov 2007, Dec 2007, Feb 2008) that I flew in my home-built V8 powered aeroplane in the first Chapter of my book that I have also on the “About Myself” section on this web site. Contained in that book is also the story of our first failed attempt (May 2008) to do a ground search in Jacobs River. We also did a helicopter overfly of the area in Dec 2008 which can be read about elsewhere on this site.

The further two ground searches to date (2010) that I (and friends) carried out in Jacobs River Valley is briefly recorded here if you continue to read on.

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Presentation Downloads

If you left click on the above image, you will be taken to a page where you can download a free slide-show presentation of where I believe this aircraft will eventually be found

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