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Robert Greinert
Recovery & Restoration of Warbirds

Click For EnlargementAustralian salvager, restorer, and warbird owner. One of the co-founders of Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS). He had an aircraft recovery permit from Papua New Guinea National Museum (1999 - 2006) and was working to re-restore several of their aircraft: (P-38F Lightning 42-12647 and Ki-61 Tony 640). Also, to restoring P-47D "Carter's Li'l Pill" 42-8066 for himself. Greinert has written for Classic Wings Magazine and often posts on the WIX forum as "Jungle Bob". Read his interview with Pacific Wrecks, April 2006.

Restoration Projects

P-47D "Carter's Li'l Pill" 42-8066
Aquired during 1995 by Greinert. Under restoration

Salvaged Aircraft

Beaufighter A19-148
Salvaged 1981 from Drysdale with Dennis Baxter

Beaufighter A19-144
Salvaged 1981 from Drysdale with Dennis Baxter

P-40F Warhawk 41-14205
Salvaged 1989 with Ian Whitney from Vanuatu

P-40F "Bone Crusher" 41-14112
Salvaged 1989 with Ian Whitney from Vanuatu

P-40K Warhawk A29-183
Salvaged in the late 1990s from Goodenough Island, aquired Graham Orphan

Beaufort A9-622
Tail section recovered in 2000 for AWM

Beaufort A9-637
Recovered parts and rudder 2000 for AWM

P-47D Thunderbolt 42-27608
Salvaged 2000 being used as a pattern for P-47 42-27608

P-40K "Swing It" 42-45981
Salvaged from Oro Province in 2000, donated 2002 PIMA Museum

P-38H "Japanese Sandman II" 42-66905
Tail and booms recovered in late 2000

P-47D "Fiery Ginger IV" 42-22668
Tail section and machine gun salvaged 2001 donated to USAF Museum April 2003

P-40N "Come in Suckers" A29-414
Recovered from Tadji in 2001

P-38G "Dumbo!" 42-12847
Recovered in 2002 from Terapo

Lockheed Hudson A16-36
Tail section salvaged 2002 donated to AWM [unconfirmed]

P-40E Kittyhawk A29-43
Pieces of wreckage recovered in 2003, used as the basis for a new aircraft's identity

P-40E "The Spoddessape" 41-25178
Salvaged November 2003 with Jason Cockayne

P-40N Warhawk 42-104986
Salvaged 2004 with Murry Griffith / Precision Aerospace

P-40N Warhawk 42-104977
Salvaged February 2005 with Murry Griffith / Precision Aerospace

B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2446 (aka 'The Swamp Ghost')
Issue of permits for salvage by Hagen in May 2006

Missing In Action (MIA) Aircraft Salvaged from Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Each of these American pilots are listed as Missing In Action (MIA)

P-39F Airacobra 41-7191
Pilot Chapman Missing In Action (MIA) May 18, 1942 tail section salvaged in 2001 exported by 75 Squadron

P-38H Lightining 42-66534
Pilot Weldon Missing In Action (MIA) January 18, 1944 salvaged by Robert Jarrett June 2003 using the Robert Greinert salvage permit

P-47D Thunderbolt 42-22687
Pilot Lutes Missing In Action (MIA) April 29, 1944 salvaged during October 2004 Greinert interview about its salvage

Aircraft exported from the PNG Museum collection
From PNG Museum, Port Moresby

P-39D Airacoba 41-38351
Tail section removed from the museum 2001

F-5A Lightning 42-13084
Tail section removed from the museum 2001

P-40E Warhawk 41-36166
Wings removed from the PNG Museum 2001

Ki-61 Tony 299
Removed from the PNG Museum 2002

Ki-61 Tony 640
Removed from the PNG Museum July 29, 2004

P-47D "Frankie" 42-8130
Removed from the PNG Museum 2001

Uncompleted restoration projects for the PNG Museum

Ki-61 Tony 640
Removed from PNG Museum July 29, 2004 exported to Australia under restoration at Precision Aerospace, instead sold to Gerald Yeagn

P-38F Lightning 42-12647
Parts removed from PNG Museum during 2001 and 2003 parts at Precision Aerospace

Joint Ventures

CA-3 Wirraway A20-99
HARS joint venture between Eric Lundberg, Robert Greinert, Jay Lazarus, Jack Smid, Bill Smith, Jason Cockayne

References
HARS Restoration Team at AWM by Robert Greinert March 28, 2003
Supreme Court of New South Wales - Greinert v Jarrett [2004] NSWSC 209 (24 March 2004)
"Mr Greinert, is the secretary and head of restoration of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society. The Society's business is the salvage and restoration of antique aircraft. It undertakes projects for public institutions such as museums, as well as for private individuals."
Interview with Robert Greinert April 2006
PNG Public Accounts Committee (PAC) - Inquiry into the National Museum and Art Gallery and the Sale and Export of the Swamp Ghost Aircraft September 2006
PNG Public Accounts Committee (PAC) - Inquiry into the National Museum and Art Gallery and the Sale and Export of the Swamp Ghost Aircraft [Excerpts mentioning "Robert Greinert" and "Historical Aircraft Restoration Society" or "HARS"] September 2006
Australian Government ABN 93 103 235 892 - HISTORIC AIRCRAFT RESTORATIONS PTY LIMITED active from July 1, 2008
PNG IPA Historic Aircraft Restorations Ltd (1-54982) registered October 24, 2005 de-registered May 30, 2008
Jungle Bob - Robert Greinert personal website


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