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  Junkers G 31go "Bulolo 2 Peter" Registration Number VH-UOV  
Bulolo Gold Dredging Company
Guinea Airways

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circa 1930s

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January 21, 1942

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Parer Aug 28, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Junkers during 1929 as G 31go Trimotor serial number J3012. This aircraft was one of four G 31 Trimotors purchased by Bulolo Gold Dredging Company (BGD) operated by Guinea Airways powered by three Pratt & Whitney A2 Hornet radial engines and converted into a freighter with an open cockpit and a large hatch on the top of the fuselage to load and unload cargo.

During October 1930 registered in Australia as VH-UOU. Nicknamed "Bulolo 2 Peter". This aircraft was based at Lae Airfield and used to transport dredge parts, equipment and supplies to Wau Airfield and Bulolo Airfield to support the company's gold mining operations.

Wartime History
On January 21, 1942 parked at Bulolo Airfield near the loading crane at the side of the runway when strafed by five A6M2 Zeros from Shōkaku that burned the center section and destroyed this aircraft leaving the outer wings and tail section. Also lost were G 31 "Bulolo I Paul" VH-UOU and G 31 "Pat" VH-URQ.

Wreckage
The burned out wreckage of this Trimotor remained at Bulolo Airfield. Afterwards, the burned out wreckage was photographed. On August 28, 1942 the burned out wreckage was photographed. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
Junkers Production Details via Wayback Machine March 5, 2016
The Battle For Wau (2008) page 2
Thanks to Bruce Hoy for additional information

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February 13, 2020

 

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