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  Junkers F 13ke "Papua" Serial Number 2074 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. During 1939 sold to the Lutheran Mission in New Guinea and registered as VH-UTS on March 7, 1935. Nicknamed "Papua".

Wartime History
During August 1939 took off from Malahang Airfield near Lae piloted by Werner Garms and Paul Raabe on a flight bound for Mount Hagen Airfield for a delivery to Ogelgeng, a Lutheran Mission station near Mount Hagen.

After landing at Mount Hagen Airfield they flew to Kiapit Airfield and refueled from Lutheran Mission fuel stocks. After learning of the start of World War II in Europe, the two pilots, who were both German nationals decided to steal the plane and return to Germany. The pair decided to steal the aircraft and fly to Merauke Airfield in Dutch New Guinea. Fully fueled, the pair took off from Kiapit Airfield and flew over the border to Merauke Airfield and abandoned the aircraft. The ultimate fate of this F.13 is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Fates of the Crew
After reaching Merauke, Garms and Raabe made their across Dutch New Guinea then traveled aboard a steamer to Japan to the Soviet Union (Russia) where they traveled aboard the Trans Siberian railway to Germany. Both enlisted in the Luftwaffe (German Air Force).

Werner Garms became an officer with the rank of Oberleutnant. On March 1, 1942 he went Missing In Action (MIA) aboard Ju 88 A-4 (9K+DS) assigned to 10./KG 51 on a mission in the Crimea area.

Paul Raabe fate is unknown. He was likely not an officer in the Luftwaffe officer listed in Luftwaffe Officer’s Career Summary.

Junkers F13 Serial Numbers
Wings of Gold page 222
Luftwaffe Officer’s Career Summary - Luftwaffe Officer Career Summaries Section G-K [PDF page 13]
"GARMS, Werner. 01.03.42 Oblt., 10./KG 51 MIA?/KIA - Ju 88 A-4 (9K+DS) in Russia, cause unknown"
Thanks to John Douglas and International Historical Research Associates for additional information

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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