My guess: somebody who got it for pennies on the dollar, blew an engine mid-flight, discovered that fixing it was logistically and financially daunting... Maybe that first kid or the needs of the family farm or somesuch also helped bring home the cost of blasting around the sky for amusement on a rather stonking amount of high-octane gas.
Today we think of them as rare and precious things, and important artifacts of history, and display them in museums or have restoration shops "zero-time" them at great expense, but once upon a time, a vast aerial armada went begging. Planes that were war weary, excess to drastically reduced needs, or simply obsolete at the dawn of the jet age (pick one or more) went quite cheaply, and in fact most were recycled as scrap.
Took an auto restoration course at the museum several years ago. Excellent program with a rare tour of the many warehouses full of unrestored vehicles tucked away around the town not seen by the general public. Highly recommend.