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  Junkers Ju-52-3m Registration Number VH-BUU  

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Charles Darby 1964

Aircraft History
Built by Junkers at Merseburg, Germany. During December 1941, delivered to Lufthansa and registered as D-AVIU. Nicknamed "Th. Schöpwinkel". Next, to Aero O/Y with registration OH-LAM. During February 1942 nicknamed "Karjala".

Wartime History
On June 7, 1943 damaged on the ground due to a collision at Malmo Airfield in Sweden. Impounded at the airfield until the end of the war.

Postwar
This aircraft was registered as SE-BUE. During November 1951 assigned to PRIV: Ahrensberg. In May 1955, one of three Ju-52's purchased by Bobby Gibbes from Sweden: this aircraft, Ju-52 SE-BUD and Ju-52 SE-AYB.

Flown to New Guinea. Registered as VH-BUU in September 1955. and operated with Sepik Airways, during the 1950's. Next, owned by Mandated Airlines (MAL) and registered VH-GSH.

On October 17, 1959 crash landed at Baiyer River Airfield.

Wreckage
The radio, instruments and Pratt & Whitney R-1830 engines were salvaged, but the rest of the plane was abandoned at the airfield. Condition today is unknown.

Charles Darby adds:
"I still have quite a lot of the placards and other little pieces from the Ju-52 that I recovered at the time, as I was told the aircraft was about to be junked."

Bruce Hoy adds:
"Wreckage remained for some time until chopped up and parts used to stabilize an earthen dam."

References
Pacific Aircraft Wrecks cover photo, page 59 (middle, left)
Sepik Pilot mentions this aircraft
Junkers Production Details
Thanks to Bruce Hoy and Ray Fairfield for additional information

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January 1, 2014

 

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