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William G. Chapman
Air Museum of Papua New Guinea Founder

Click For EnlargementWilliam "Bill" Chapman lived in Papua New Guinea during 1961 to 1981, and was a businessman in Port Moresby. His father-in-law was a pilot in 18 Squadron, of NEIAF, flying with the RAAF during WWII.

New Guinea's First Aviation Museum
In the late 1960's, founded the Air Museum of Papua New Guinea, the predecessor of the PNG War Museum created when Papua New Guinea gained its independence.

Click For EnlargementAircraft Exported & Recovered
Oversaw the recovery or export of  47 aircraft out of Papua New Guinea, to Japan, America and New Zealand.  Including, P-47 "Sweetwater Swatter" 42-8066 from Port Moresby swamp, and was involved with the recovery of Ford Trimotor A25-1 from Myola Lake. Also, P-40E E11273.

Champan restored a Jeep and Dodge Weapons Carrier, both later donated to the PNG War Museum. Both are still part of the museum's collection today.

B-17E "Swamp Ghost"
An early visitor to B-17E 41-2446,with Charles Darby.  The two of them recovered a machine gun, bullets, a thermos, pistols all donated to the museum. He was involved with costing out several recovery operations for the wreck, that were never carried out, including one offering A$250,000.

John Jackson's P-40 Crash Site
He visited this most historic Australian loss, P-40E  A29-8 that Port Moresby's 7-Mile airport was named Jackson in his honor. During the visit, a rudder pedal was recovered for the museum. Also, they recovered its guns.  The plane crashed vertically, and wings compressed from 8' to 8". They also recovered engine and cockpit pieces, from a ten foot deep crater from the crash.

Queen Emma's Cannon
Locals in Rabaul buried it during WWII, so the Japanese would not take it.  They fired the cannon in Port Moresby.

Last Updated
May 22, 2017

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