This plane is one that failed to return to its base at New Plymouth from a navigation training mission in October 1942. It was lost and not found until a goat hunter stumbled across the wreckage in the North Egmont area. He was trying to keep up with his dogs and tripped over, finding himself face to face with the wreckage and the remains of the four people who had been on board!
Roger Jordan heard about the discovery and called MOTAT in Auckland to see if it was interested. MOTAT was and asked him to act on its behalf. The RNZAF assisted by lifting the two engines out using an Iroquois helicopter. Plenty of volunteer manpower was on hand to recover other parts. The people at MOTAT then put it to Roger that the items recovered could be used to form a basis for a local museum.