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Afterwards, sold to the Lutheran Mission and disassembled and shipped overseas to New Guinea. On March 7, 1935 registered in Australia as VH-UTS. Nicknamed "Papua".
This aircraft had a natural metal finish with VH-UTS painted in large black block letters on both sides of the fuselage. The nose was painted black with "Papua" painted in white lettering. This Junkers F.13 operated in New Guinea flying cargo and passengers to German mission stations and airfields.
Sometime between March 1935 September 1939, this aircraft suffered a landing accident at a New Guinea airfield that damaged the left landing gear. Afterwards, repaired and returned to flying status.
Both pilots were German nationals and sometime after learning learning of the start of World War II in Europe on September 1, 1939 the pair decided to steal this aircraft make their way back to Germany to join the military. Departing Mount Hagen Airfield they flew to the southeast landing at Kiapit Airfield and refueled from fuel stocks owned by the Lutheran mission.
On September 5, 1939 this aircraft was observed near Lae before landing at Edie Creek Airfield near the Wau-Bulolo gold fields where they delivered the air mail letter from Leigh Vial and likely refueled to top off their fuel tanks. Taking off again, the pair continued flying to the southwest over Papua and landed at Merauke Airfield in Dutch New Guinea (Papua Province).
After landing, the pilots abandoned the aircraft near the runway. The ultimate fate of this F.13 is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Fates of the Crew
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 military history is unknown, possibly he was an enlisted man in the Luftwaffe or other branch of service. He is not an officer in the Luftwaffe officer listed in Luftwaffe Officer’s Career Summary.
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