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  Junkers F 13ke "Papua" Registration Number VH-UTS  
Lutheran Mission

Aircraft History
Built by Junkers, serial number J2074. Sold to Personal Flying Services in the United Kingdom and registered as G-ABDC from July 1930 until April 1933. Afterwards, to Brooklands Airways from April 1933 until December 1934.

Next to Neuendettelsauer Missions Gesellschaft, Sweden and registered as SE-AEC during December 1934. Sold to the Lutheran Mission and registered as VH-UTS on March 7, 1935. Nicknamed "Papua". Operated from New Guinea during 1939.

Wartime History
During August 1939, took off piloted by Werner Garms and Paul Raabe from Malahang Airfield near Lae on a flight bound for Ogelgeng, a Lutheran Mission station near Mt. Hagen. After learning of the start of World War II in Europe, the two pilot who were both German nationals decided to steal the plane and return to Germany.

After departing Mount Hagen Airfield they landing at Kiapit Airfield and refuelled from Lutheran Mission fuel stocks. The pair decided to steal the aircraft and flew to Merauke Airfield where they abandoned the plane. The ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Fates of the Crew
From Merauke, Garms and Raabe made their way by steamer to Japan and then took the Trans Siberian railway back to Germany, where both enlisted in the Luffewaffe (German Air Force). Garms was killed over the Crimean front during the German invasion of Russia.

Junkers F13 Serial Numbers
Wings of Gold page 222
Thanks to John Douglas for additional information

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Last Updated
June 25, 2016


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