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Robert Greinert
Aircraft Salvage and Restoration

Click For EnlargementAustralian salvager, restorer and warbird owner. One of the co-founders of Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS). He was issued an aircraft recovery permit from Papua New Guinea National Museum (1999 - 2006) and was working to restore and return several aircraft from their collection including P-38F Lightning 42-12647 and Ki-61 Tony 640. Also, to restoring P-47D "Carter's Li'l Pill" 42-8066 for himself. Greinert has written for Classic Wings Magazine and often posts on the WIX forum as "Jungle Bob". Read his interview with Pacific Wrecks, April 2006.

Restoration Projects

P-47D "Carter's Li'l Pill" 42-8066
Acquired in 1995 by Greinert, restoration work during the early 2000s.

Salvaged Aircraft

Beaufighter A19-148
Salvaged 1981 from Drysdale by Greinert and Dennis Baxter.

Beaufighter A19-144
Salvaged 1981 from Drysdale by Greinert and Dennis Baxter.

P-40F Warhawk 41-14205
Salvaged 1989 from Vanuatu by Greinert and Ian Whitney.

P-40F "Bone Crusher" 41-14112
Salvaged 1989 from Vanuatu by Greinert and Ian Whitney.

P-40K Warhawk A29-183
Salvaged in the late 1990s from Goodenough by Greinert acquired Graham Orphan.

Beaufort A9-622
Salvaged 2000 tail section parts by Greinert for AWM Beaufort restoration.

Beaufort A9-637
Salvaged 2000 parts and rudder by Greinert for AWM Beaufort restoration.

P-47D Thunderbolt 42-27608
Salvaged 2000 being used as a pattern for the restoration of P-47 42-27608.

P-40K "Swing It" 42-45981
Salvaged 2000 donated to PIMA Museum in 2002.

P-38H "Japanese Sandman II" 42-66905
Salvaged 2000 tail booms and parts.

P-47D "Fiery Ginger IV" 42-22668
Salvaged 2001 tail section and machine gun donated to USAF Museum in April 2003.

P-40N "Come in Suckers" A29-414
Salvaged 2001 from Tadji, sold to Garth Hogan / Pioneer Aero.

P-38G "Dumbo!" 42-12847
Salvaged 2002 from Terapo and placed into storage "for use in future restorations" reportedly sold to Gerald Yagen.

Lockheed Hudson A16-36
Salvaged 2002 tail fins by Greinert donated to AWM.

P-40E Kittyhawk A29-43
Salvaged 2003 pieces of wreckage by Greinert as the basis of an aircraft identity for a new built aircraft.

P-40E "The Spoddessape" 41-25178
Salvaged November 2003 by Greinert with Jason Cockayne this aircraft was later offered for sale

P-40N Warhawk 42-104986
Salvaged 2004 by Greinert with Murry Griffith / Precision Aerospace

P-40N Warhawk 42-104977
Salvaged February 2005 by Greinert with Murry Griffith / Precision Aerospace

B-17E Flying Fortress 41-2446 (aka 'The Swamp Ghost')
Salvaged May 2006 Greinert created agreement and participated in the salvage.

Missing In Action (MIA) Aircraft Salvaged from Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Each of these American pilots are listed as Missing In Action (MIA)

P-39F Airacobra 41-7191
Pilot Chapman Missing In Action (MIA) May 18, 1942 tail section salvaged in 2001 by Greinert, exported by 75 Squadron

P-38H Lightning 42-66534
Pilot Weldon Missing In Action (MIA) January 18, 1944 salvaged by Robert Jarrett June 2003 using the Robert Greinert salvage permit

P-47D Thunderbolt 42-22687
Pilot Lutes Missing In Action (MIA) April 29, 1944 salvaged by Greinert/Hagen during October 2004 Greinert interview about its salvage.

Aircraft exported from the National Museum & Art Gallery (NMAG) collection

P-39D Airacoba 41-38351
Removed 2001 tail section by Greinert from PNG Museum collection.

F-5A Lightning 42-13084
Removed 2001 tail section by Greinert from PNG Museum collection.

P-40E Warhawk 41-36166
Removed 2001 wings by Greinert from PNG Museum collection.

Ki-61 Tony 299
Removed 2002 by Greinert from PNG Museum collection.

Ki-61 Tony 640
Removed July 29, 2004 by Greinert from PNG Museum collection.

P-47D "Frankie" 42-8130
Removed 2001 by Greinert from PNG Museum collection.

Uncompleted restorations promised to National Museum & Art Gallery (NMAG)

Ki-61 Tony 640
Removed from PNG Museum July 29, 2004 exported to Australia restoration at Precision Aerospace instead sold to Gerald Yeagn

P-38F Lightning 42-12647
Parts removed from PNG Museum during 2001 and 2003 parts at Precision Aerospace

Joint Ventures

CA-3 Wirraway A20-99
HARS joint venture between Eric Lundberg, Robert Greinert, Jay Lazarus, Jack Smid, Bill Smith and Jason Cockayne

References
HARS Restoration Team at AWM by Robert Greinert March 28, 2003
Supreme Court of New South Wales - Greinert v Jarrett [2004] NSWSC 209 (24 March 2004)
"Mr Greinert, is the secretary and head of restoration of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society. The Society's business is the salvage and restoration of antique aircraft. It undertakes projects for public institutions such as museums, as well as for private individuals."
Interview with Robert Greinert April 2006
PNG Public Accounts Committee (PAC) - Inquiry into the National Museum and Art Gallery and the Sale and Export of the Swamp Ghost Aircraft September 2006
PNG Public Accounts Committee (PAC) - Inquiry into the National Museum and Art Gallery and the Sale and Export of the Swamp Ghost Aircraft [Excerpts mentioning "Robert Greinert" and "Historical Aircraft Restoration Society" or "HARS"] September 2006
Australian Government ABN 93 103 235 892 - HISTORIC AIRCRAFT RESTORATIONS PTY LIMITED active from July 1, 2008
PNG IPA Historic Aircraft Restorations Ltd (1-54982) registered October 24, 2005 de-registered May 30, 2008
Australian Government ABN 45 620 122 554 - Warbird Restoration Pty Ltd registered July 1, 2017
Jungle Bob - Robert Greinert personal website




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