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  Junkers G 31go "Bulolo I Paul" Registration Number VH-UOU  
Bulolo Gold Dredging Company
Guinea Airways

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April 23, 1931

Aircraft History
Built by Junkers during 1929, serial number J3011. One of four Junkers G 31's purchased by Bulolo Gold Dredging Company (BGD), and operated by Guinea Airways. Registered as VH-UOU on May 25, 1931. Nicknamed "Bulolo I Paul".

Based at Lae Airfield, used to ferry dredge parts and equipment from Lae Airfield to Wau Airfield and Bulolo Airfield. Operated with Pratt and Whitney A2 Hornets, nine cylinder radial air-cooled direct drive engines of 525 hp. These engines were hand cranked via an inertia starter which was a series of geared cogs turning a flywheel.

Wartime History
On January 21, 1942 this trimotor was destroyed on the ground at Bulolo Airfield by five strafing A6M2 Zeros. Also lost were G 31 "Bulolo 2 Peter" VH-UOV and G 31 "Pat" VH-URQ.

References
Junkers Production Details
Thanks to Bruce Hoy for additional information

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January 9, 2018

 

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