Andy Heap has just sent in the lower photograph showing Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk ZK-DMF2 (c/n 38-79A0636) in its relatively recent new colour scheme, parked outside the Marlborough Aero Club office today (16-04-2012).
As the c/n tells us it was built in the US 1979 fiscal year. It was shipped out to Australia in 1988 and then reached NZ and became ZK-DMF on 18-08-1993 with the Marlborough Aero Club.
I believe its registration of DMF is in memory of D M Furness, who was a navigator in Ventura bombers during WW11 and later was the O/C of 27 Blenheim Squadron ATC. He was also boss man at the Marlborough Express.
Anyone tell us any more about this gent ?