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'75 Squadron'
(No Affiliation with RAAF 75 Squadron)
Owner - Bruno Carnovale
Partner - Ian Whitney
Lawyer - Phil Dwyer
Melbourne, Victoria Australia

(No association with the RAAF WWII squadron) The owner, Bruno Carnovale has declined to be interviewed to date. The group's motto is "preserving yesterday's history for tomorrow", but has no museum location, website or any facility open to the public.

Finschafen Recoveries
In 1998, with an export permit granted to '75 Squadron' by the PNG  Museum for wartime scrap in the Finchafen area. During November 1999, three P-47s and two P-38s were dug up at Finchafen. One of the P-38s was from another location in Morobe Province. These relics were placed in containers at Lae, and shipped to Melbourne. During 2002, thousands saw a truck loaded with exported airframes: three P-47s and a P-38 on Melbourne highways during rush hour. These aircraft were being shipped to WestPac.

P-38F Lightning 42-12652 Nose 33 (White 33)
Recovered from Finschafen in 1999, shipped to Australia in 2002 and to WestPac during 2003-2004.

P-47D Thunderbolt 42-75284
Recovered from Finschafen in 2002, exported to WestPac during 2003-2004

P-47D Thunderbolt 42-22521
Recovered from Finschafen in 2002, exported to WestPac during 2003-2004

P-47D Thunderbolt 42-8074
Recovered from Finschafen in 2002, exported to WestPac during 2003-2004

P-38J "Jandina III" 42-103988
Pilot Robbins force landed May 7, 1944 at Bilau. Recovered in 2002, exported to Australia then to Westpac

P-40 Warhawk Serial Number ?
Piloted by Lt. James O'Neil recovered from Finschafen

Ex-PNG Museum Aircraft
During early 2001, several aircraft that were part of the PNG  Museum collection were removed by 75 Squadron and exported to Australia. They have not resurfaced since.

P-39F Airacobra Serial Number 41-7191
Pilot Chapman MIA case tail & parts removed from the PNG Museum in 2001

P-39 Airacobra Serial Number ?
Removed from the PNG Museum between late 2000 to early 2001

P-39 Airacobra Serial Number ?
Removed from the PNG Museum between late 2000 to early 2001

Ki-43 Oscar
Removed from the PNG Museum between late 2000 to early 2001

Jacquinot Bay Aircraft & Parts
During July 2003, 75 Squadron salvaged a B5N Kate and Ki-46 Dinah plus F4U Corsair parts and wings from Jacquinot Bay Airfield. They were barged to Lae and placed in containers for shipment to Melbourne, Australia. Instead, they were impounded by the PNG Museum and ownership resolved in a court case ending in 2005. Afterwards, they were exported.

Ki-46-II Dinah 2783
Surrendered August 18, 1945 salvaged July 2003 to Lae, exported circa 2005

B5N2 Kate Tail 302
Flown to surrender October 14, 1945 salvaged July 2003 to Lae, exported circa 2005

Last Updated
May 22, 2017

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