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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 63660
Last updated: 17 October 2020
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Date:01-DEC-1956
Time:day
Type:Miles M.11 Whitney Straight
Owner/operator:A.M. Ferguson
Registration: ZK-AUK
C/n / msn: 507
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Rotorua -   New Zealand
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Rotorua
Narrative:
Miles M11A Whitney Straight c/n 507 was built by Phillips and Powis Aircraft Company and registered as G-AFJX, with C of A number 5383, to Brigadier General Arthur Corrie Lewin on 14-09-1938. The General was stationed at Kanda Kamu, Njoro, Kenya and I believe the aircraft was flown down to Kenya and then returned to the UK in July of 1939.

It was sold on 01-07-1939 and listed to John Tweedale of Beaumonds, Lancs on 12-07-1939 until impressed for military service on 18-08-1940 and was allocated to the Royal Air Force with the serial number BD183.

Post-war, its RAF career (from 1946) it was returned to the UK civil register under its old G-AFJX registration to Dorothy Shuttleworth and Allan Henry Wheeler who traded as Warden Aviation and Engineering Co at Old Warden Aerodrome on 03-03-1947.

It was sold abroad on 21-03-1950. It entered the NZ register on 20-04-1950 as ZK-AUK for Mount Cook and Southern Lakes Company at Timaru. It then went to private ownership with D H Withers of Christchurch from 22-11-1955 and then to A M Ferguson of Christchurch on 13-06-1956.

A V Martyn of Timaru had it from 07-08-1959 - the first several aircraft he owned over the years. S C Jones seem to fit in about here before Ivan Strathern of Dunedin took over from May of 1962. It was ground looped at Christchurch on 26-06-1966 and then passed to V B Murray of Timaru.

Its registration was cancelled on 29-07-1968 and I believe it was moved to the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society followed by time with the RNZAF Museum at Wigram about 1981. It is currently a long term restoration project with Greg MacDonald at Forest Field, who has just finished titivating up the Auster Mk.5D ZK-BGU.

Sources:

1. http://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewEntity.do?code=7333
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20070211070334/http://www.edcoatescollection.com:80/ac2/NZNZ/ZK-AUK.html
3. http://nzcivair.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/i-remember-when.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
20-Jul-2009 15:06 angels one five Updated
22-Feb-2016 09:23 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location]
02-Feb-2018 22:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Feb-2018 22:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]

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