F.13 (c/n 2044)
From the Geoff Goodall collection comes this
pair of fascinating photos of the rare Junkers F.13. I especially
like the outfits of the schoolboys in the
lower shot! Originally imported in 1929 for Eyre Peninsula
Adelaide, VH-UKW, like most of the large
Junkers transports, wound up doing duty in the goldfields of New
Guinea. It was transferred to
Goldfields Air Navigation Ltd of Kalgoorlie in 1931.
February of 1932
until August of 1938 it was
operated by Guinea Airways, and, after a series of accidents wound up
It was apparently shot up on the
ground, possibly at Alexishafen in 1942, but evidently by that time
were wasting their ammo,
since VH-UKW clearly would never have flown again anyway.
Possibly the pilot
of the Zeke claimed it as an enemy
aircraft destroyed! The photo at the foot of the page is
the Civil Aviation Historical
Society archives and shows -UKW after it had been fitted with the
Fred Niven expands on the history
named ‘Tannenmeise’. It arrived Port Melbourne, ex Hamburg, on
the S.S. 'Kernak' 19/6/29. Test-flown
25/6/29 by A.E. ‘Pard‘ Mustar.
'Mt. Wedge', to Eyre Peninsula Airways Ltd. 25/6/29 (CoR 299). Flown to Adelaide 9/7/29.
Eyre Peninsula Airways ceased
& it was retained by J.H. Moate; one of the directors of E.P.A. It arrived Kalgoorlie
18/12/30; the 1st all-metal aircraft to do so.
Air Navigation Co. Ltd. (founded by J.H. Moate), Kalgoorlie, WA,
7/1/31. Registered 18/2/31.
It was damaged at Merredin, WA, 20/2/31,
Perth-Kalgoorlie flight. Purchased by
Guinea Airways 31/10/31 for £650. Registered
VH-UKW to Guinea Airways Ltd. 5/11/31 (980 hours).
received by Guinea Airways in need of an overhaul, which cost
£400. Flown to Sydney by
Capt. Charles W. Snook. A proving flight
Moresby 29/2/32. Its 1st scheduled service
was 23/3/32, operating between Port Moresby & the goldfields, at a
fare of £15.
given Fleet Number
'6' 27/3/32. It operated the 1st
Port Moresby-Kokoda service 28/9/32. It operated the
first official Port Moresby-Lae-Wau airmail flight
30/9/32 (pilot F.
Drayton) & operated mainly Port Moresby-Lae-Wau & later to
Kokoda. A 425hp Bristol Jupiter VI engine replaced the
310hp Junkers L-5 engine
re-entering revenue service 1/12/32. It
was forced-landed at Kokoda 28/8/32 & was fitted with an additional
fuel tank 12/32. After a forced-landing,
due lack of
it was fitted with an extra fuel tank. It
was Struck-Off-Register 4/11/35. A Pratt
& Whitney A2 engine was installed 11/11/35 & its CofR renewed
same day. It swung off runway, on landing, at Slate
Creek, NG 11/11/37 (pilot Syd W. Wiltshire) & was badly damaged. Repaired. It
again crashed 15/10/38, at Salamaua,
NG, when the
undercarriage collapsed. The pilot, W.J.
Robins, was shaken, but otherwise unhurt. It
crashed 26/8/39, at Narakapor, NG, after engine failure (pilot Les H.
was damaged beyond repair & written-off. Struck-Off-Register
11/3/42. It remained derelict at
Alexishafen. Its remains went to the PNG
Defence Forces, Lae, 1990.