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In a deathbed confession an old man, Ivan Biermann, breaks a lifetime of silence and tells his granddaughter, Kim Biermann his story.
Part One:- 1945 Oberleutenant Ivan Biermann is a navy pilot aboard the German Raider Well-Reiter that has been ordered to surrender to New Zealand authorities at Bluff, the closest Allied port after the German surrender in May 1945.
Instead it goes into a fiord where its secret cargo is unloaded and buried in a cave. After setting charges to blow up the Well-Reiter Korvettenkapitan Schwarz the Nazi political officer aboard forces Ivan to fly him to the North Island in the boat's floatplane. Ivan realises that once they land he will be killed. He puts his aeroplane into violent manoeuvres and his floatplane crashes in the Tararua Ranges.