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  Junkers  Ju-52-3m Registration Number VH-BUV  

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circa 1955-1959

Aircraft History
Built by Junkers at Bernburg, Germany.

Originally bound for the Luftwaffe with code CK+QR during February, 1942, but the aircraft was never delivered. Instead, registered as OH-LAO during September 1942 and named 'Waasa'. Next leased to Lufthansa with registration D-AEAC during October 1942 - July 1944. (Reputed to be General Kesselring's private plane).

Impounded in Sweeden until May 1945, and assigned registration SE-BUD. PRIV: Ahrensburg, SE-BUD, November 1951.

One of three Ju-52's purchased by Bobby Gibbes from Sweeden in May 1955: this aircraft, Ju-52 SE-BUE and Ju-52 SE-AYB.

Flown to New Guinea. Registered as VH-BUV in September 1955 and operated by Gibbes' Sepik Airways. Next, owned by Mandated Airlines (MAL) registered as VH-GSS from August 1959.

Wreckage
Broken up at Madang Airfield during 1960. Other evidence suggest parts or all of this aircraft was scrapped at Adelaide, Australia.

References
Sepik Pilot mentions this aircraft
Junkers Production Details
Thanks to Bruce Hoy

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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