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Anyway, I obviously was very excited about this and was down at NZ Aerial Mapping first thing on the Monday morning going through there archival photos on the area.

I selected three photos dated 1st March 1949 and one from 1962 as Chris believed Trevor came across the wreck in the 60’s. I wanted to determine how much bush there was in that area at the time. This would help me to know what the area was that we would need to search.


I must point out at this point that NZ Aerial Mapping have been very helpful to me over the last few years.and this is very appreciated.  I would have thought by now that they would have recommended me to the looney bin!


When the photos (in digital form) were ready, I cropped them down to the area that I wanted to search and overlaid them on Google Earth.


Below is a snapshot from Google Earth of one of them.

If you look closely at just over half way up the base of the cliff face, you will see a white object that really stands out, even though it is in the shade. - Remember ZK-AJV was painted bright yellow.

I measured this object with the measuring tool on Google Earth (GE) and it was very close to the actual measurements of a Tiger Moth - Length 23’11” and wingspan 29’4”.



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This was not the area that I believed at the time that Chris had described as being the area that Trevor Crabtree had pointed to.

I thought he meant the area of bush to the right of the cliff face shown on the above image - which is known as Frasers Bush, so I was very surprised to see this here, and it being so clear.

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