Regarding the Sunderland shot, a mate of mine here in Cambridge, Ray Tocker, was the Flight Engineer aboard that No. 6 Sqn aircraft during the incident. He told me that they were in serious peril as the runway ripped a considerable chunk out of the hull, and he was given the task himself of hanging upside-down by the legs, held by someone else, to patch the hole with whatever they could rip out of the interior furniture. It toook some considerable time and they were running low on juice by the end. The pilot was given a medal for landing the stricken aircraft, he says.
What I want to know is, I have seen several photos of Sunderlands and Catalinas (non-amphibious types) on the edge of RNZAF Hobsonville's grass runway. They were put their on retirement to await the scrappers in thwe 1960's. But how did they get there is what I want to know. From my memory of living there for 7 months, I am sure they cannot have been towed up from the wet apron as that's down a hill which has only one access - a narrow road with a tall bank on one side going upwards. So if they were towed the wings would have to have been removed and then refitted as seen in the photos, which seems pointless if they're to be scrapped. So, were they flown in and landed on the grass? Anyone know?