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Registry of aircraft salvaged from Papua New Guinea PNG
by Justin Taylan

Total aircraft salvaged = 103
Known aircraft salvaged and removed from Papua New Guinea 1942 - present day.

1942-1945 Captured Aircraft & War Prizes total = 10
A6M2 Zero 1575 salvaged 1942, evaluated then scapped
D3A2 3110 salvaged 1942, evaluated then scapped
D3A2 3114
 salvaged 1942, evaluated then scapped
D3A2 3287
 salvaged 1942, evaluated then scapped
A6M3 Zero 3028 salvaged 1943, used for rebuliting on Zero to fly in Australia then scapped
A6M3 Zero 3030 salvaged 1943, used for rebuliting on Zero to fly in Australia then scapped
A6M3 Zero 3032 salvaged 1943, used for rebuliting on Zero to fly in Australia then scapped
Ki-61 Tony 263 salvaged 1943, rebulit to fly in Australia then scapped
A6M3 Zero  3844 captured 1945 displayed at New Zealand War Memorial
Ki-43 Oscar 750 captured 1945 posession of several museums, sold to Paul Allan 2004

1960s total = 5
A6M2 Zero 51553 salvaged 1967, later sold to USAF Museum restored to static 2004
P-47D "Sweetwater Swatter" 42-8066 salvaged 1969, sold to MoTAT 1970, sold to Greinert 1991
Ki-61 Tony 379 salvaged 1960s, sold by PNG Musuem in 1980s to USA, Weeks Museum
Ki-43 Oscar salvaged 1960s, moved to PNG Museum, exported in 2001
A6M2 Zero 3471 salvaged 1968 to Canada, used in restorations, remainder resold and in storage

1970s total = 32
A6M5 4323 salvaged 1971, sold to San Diego Aerospace Museum, destroyed in arson fire
A6M2 two seat Zero salvaged 1972, sold to Tokyo Science Museum
D3A2 Val 3105 salvaged 1973, displayed unrestored at Nimitz Museum
A6M2 Zero 5784 salvaged 1973, restored by RAAF to static display at AWM
P-40N 42-104961 salvaged 1973, in storage in USA ever since
P-39N 42-18811, 42-11408 salvaged 1973, whereabouts unknown
P-39K 42-4351 parts only salvaged 1973, whereabouts unknown
P-39Q 42-18403 salvaged 1973, whereabouts unknown
P-40E A29-38 1970s salvaged by Ian Whitney in 1970s, accidentally sunk and lost
Spitfire A58-146 salvaged 1974, restored to static condition, displayed
P-40E 41-36166 salvaged 1974 to PNG Museum, taken by Grinert 2001
A-20 43-21627 salvaged 1975, stored in Chino, presently being restored at PIMA Musuem
P-39Q 42-19993
salvaged 1975 restored to static and displayed in museum, restored to fly 2004
P-39Q 42-19995
salvaged 1975, whereabouts unknown
P-39N 42-19027 salvaged 1975, restored to static displayed at Pland of Fame
P-40N A29-448 salvaged 1975, restored to flying condition in New Zealand, 2000
P-40N 42-105915 salvaged 1975, restored to flying condition in Australia, 2002
P-40N A29-405 salvaged 1975, owned by several owners, currently Graham Orphan in NZ
P-40N 42-105951 salvaged 1975, wings in New Zealand, fuselage in USA all in storage
Beaufort A9-13 salvaged 1975, sold to Australian Army Flying Museum displayed unrestored
Beaufort A9-557 salvaged 1975 to USA, resold to Australian War Memorial, restored to static 2003
Beaufort A9-559 salvaged 1975, resold and used in UK Beaufort restoration
Beaufort A9-226 salvaged 1974, presently with Beaufort Restoration Group
P-39N 42-8740 salvaged 1975, restored by several groups, restored to static Yanks Musuem
P-39Q 42-19991 salvaged 1975, whereabouts unknown
P-39Q 42-20339 salvaged 1975, whereabouts unknown
P-40N A29-556 salvaged 1975, in storage in Chino, CA ever since
Boomerang A46-174 salvaged 1975 sold to Weeks Museum
Spitfire A58-149 salvaged 1972, parts used in restoration of A58-178
Spitfire "Tasmanian Devil" A58-178 salvaged 1973, restoration 1975 - 1999 restored to flying
Spitfire A58-213 salvaged 1977, parts used in other spitfires
P-38F 42-12647 salvaged 1978 to PNG Museum, half taken by Greinert 2001

1980s total=14
P-39K 42-4312 salvaged 1982 to Australia, under restoration
Ki-61 Tony 640 salvaged 1984 to PNG Museum, taken by Grinert 2004
A-20G "Hell'N Pelican" 42-86786 salvaged 1984, restored to static display by RAAF, in storage
DB-7 "J is for Jessica" A28-8 salvaged 1984, restored to static display for RAAF Museum
A-20G 42-86615 salvaged 1985, in RAAF storage
A-20G 43-9401 salvaged 1985, in RAAF storage
A-20G 43-9491
salvaged 1985, in RAAF storage
A-20G 43-9629
salvaged 1985, in RAAF storage
A-20G "Lady Constance" 43-9628 salvaged 1985, in RAAF storage
A-20G "Big Nig" 43-9436 salvaged 1985, in RAAF storage, transfered to Precision Aerospace
Ki-61 Tony 299 salvaged 1984 to PNG Museum, taken by Greinert 2002
Ki-43 Oscar 5465 salvaged 1984 to AWM museum, static displayed and in storage
P-400 AP 335 salvaged 1984 to USA, whereabouts unknown

1990s total=10
P-40E A29-7 salvaged 1990 whereabouts unknown
P-40N "Suzy" 42-105820 salvaged 1991 whereabouts unknown
P-40E ??-???? salvaged 1991, whereabouts unknown
P-38H 42-66841 1992 to Australia Classic Jets, under static restoration
B-24D "Flying Wolf" 42-41091 1990s wings only to Werribee B-24 Restoration, static restoration
P-40N "The Carolina Belle" 42-104947 1997 to Classic Jets, today Precision Aerospace restoration
Ki-61 Tony 292 1999 to Classic Jets, static displayed
P-47D 42-27608 1999 Robert Greinert to Australia, under restoration
P-40K A29-183 1999 Robert Greinert, to Graham Orphan in New Zealand
P-40K Unidentified 1999 Robert Greinert sold to PIMA Museum

2000s total=32
P-40K "Swing It" 42-45981 2000 by Greinert sold to PIMA Museum
P-38H "Japanese Sandman II" 42-66905 2000 tail & booms only by Greinert, to Precicion
P-39D 41-38351 2000 tail section taken from PNG Museum by Greinert to Australia in storage
Beaufort A9-637 2000 parts recovered by Greinert reportedly for AWM
P-39 ??-????? 2001 taken from PNG Museum by 75 Squadron to Australia
P-39 ??-????? 2001 taken from PNG Museum by 75 Squadron to Australia
Ki-43 ???? 2001 taken from PNG Museum by 75 Squadron to Australia
Beaufort A9-622 2000 tail section by Greinert for AWM restoration
P-39F 41-7191 2001 tail recovered by Greinert, taken by 75 Squadron to Australia
P-40N "Come In Suckers" A29-414  salvaged 2001 by Greinert, sold to New Zealand
P-47D 42-8130 2001 taken from PNG Museum by Greinert and donated to PIMA Museum
F5A Lightning 42-13084 2001 removed from PNG Musuem by Greinert
P-47D "Fiery Ginger IV" 42-22668 2003 tail & MG salvaged by Greinert donated to USAF
P-38H 42-66538 2002 tail & booms salvaged, location unknown
Hudson A16-36 2002 tail fin recovered by Greinert for AWM
P-38G "Dumbo!" 42-12847 2002 salvaged by Greinert to Australia, Precision
P-47D 42-22521 2002 salvaged by 75 Squadron to Westpac
P-47D 42-75284 2002 salvaged by 75 Squadron to Westpac / Paul Allen?
P-47D 42-8074 2002 salvaged by 75 Squadron to Westpac / Paul Allen?
P-38F 42-12652 2002 salvaged by 75 Squadron to Westpac / Paul Allen?
P-38J "Jandina III" 42-103988 2002 salvaged by 75 Squadron to Westpac / Paul Allen?
P-38H 42-66534 2003 salvaged by Jarret to Classic Jets
P-40E A29-43 2003 pieces salvaged by Greinert for use as an identity
P-40E "The Spoddessape" 41-25178 2003 salvaged by Greinert / Cockayne to Australia
Ki-46 ???? 2003 recovered by 75 Squadron, subject of lengthy legal battle until 2006
B5N Kate 2003 recovered by 75 Squadron, subject of lengthy legal battle until 2006
F4U Parts 2003 variety of RAAF Corsair parts
P-40N 42-104986 2004 salvaged by Greinert / Griffith to Precision
P-47D 42-22687 2004 salvaged by Greinert / Hagen to Australia
P-40N "Punkins" 42-104977  2005 salvaged by Greinert, resold to Warbird Adventures
B-17E 41-2446 aka 'Swamp Ghost'  May 2006 salvage by Hagen & Greinert impounded by PNG Government, exported today at PAC
P-47D P-47D 42-22687 October 2004 salvaged by Greinert/Hagen

Salvaged Aircraft Restored to Flying Condition = 5
Spitfire Mark Vc A58-178 salvaged 1973, restoration 1975 - 1999 restored to flying status
P-39Q Airacobra 42-19993 salvaged 1975 restored to static and displayed in museum, restored to fly 2004
P-40N "Come In Suckers" A29-414  salvaged 2001 by Greinert, sold to New Zealand restored to airworthy 2009 sold to Canada
P-40N Kittyhawk A29-448 salvaged 1975, restored to flying condition in New Zealand 2000
P-40N Warhawk 42-105915 salvaged 1975, restored to flying condition in Australia, 2002

Salvaged Aircraft in Museums (restored, static, unrestored)
Coming soon...

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Last Updated
March 8, 2015

 

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