Recovery at Kinnarodden summer 1999
This years recovery expedition of the two Ju88s in the Mehamn area was a great
The Norwegian Aviation Museum staged a similar expedition two years ago. Then the aim was to recover the engines and one tail section of the two Ju88s. Even if the weather then was marginal, we finally collected everything of what was planned.With the great help from 330 Squadron based at Banak AFB. We soon had the different parts in storage at Bodø.
This year we planned to dismantle
the two Ju88s in order to have them airlifted to Mehamn
Airport. Again with great help from 330 Squadron.
The expedition started out from Mehamn august 3rd. Accompanying us were two german journalists, Knut and Hans-Christof, covering the event for a german magazine. Altogether 6
other participants were to do the dismantling and preparations for airlifting.
In order to be in position for the dismantling of the two airplanes we first had to travel by boat. The boat (owned by Nordic Safari Wildlife AdventuresAS) brought us safely ashore at Sandfjorden.We put up the base camp down by the seaside. This way we only needed to carry the tools necessary for the dismantling of the first airplane up to the top of the mountain.
The following day we started for the first Ju88. We had some fog at the top of the mountains but this cleared away when we arrived at the
site. To help speed up the operations we carried a specially made tool for loosening the nuts for the connection of the
wings. When arriving we soon found out that we could not use the
tool! The space were too narrow between the nuts and other components connected to the fuselage. Luckily we carried other tools suitable for doing the
The first wing disconnected
relatively fast but the tools sustained
damage. After loosening two nuts on the other wing the tools were almost worn
out. What to do now??
We still had two more nuts to loosen before we had the job finished. But - did we not hear the sounds of a helicopter??
Sure, a helicopter from 330 Sqdn. arrived. They had scrambled for a rescue operation close by and now they paid us a visit to see if everything went according to plans!
New plans were made and then the helicopter set out for Mehamn Airport. Soon they returned carrying a new tool borrowed from the people working at the airport.
The two remaining nuts came off in a hurry and soon we could return to the base-camp in a good mood.
Down there we collected logs to make a fire. Torgeir was appointed "Grillmaster" and celebrating the succsessful day we felt rather satisfied with what was acheived.
The next day we had about the same type of weather as the other
day. We decided to split the team into two groups. One group were to do the preparations necessary for a safe
airlifting. The other group were to dismantle the second Ju88 lying further inland from the camp.
Two of the team soon were on their way up on top of the mountain for the first Ju88.
Close to lunchtime the first of the Ju88s was ready for airlifting. At the same time three of the crew set course for the second of the Ju88s. Here they started disconnecting the nuts which held
the right hand wing to the fuselage.
The nuts were very corroded and soon problems arose disconnecting the bottom nuts. Trying very hard using every trick in the books they finally could disconnect the second
Now the weather had improved and returning to the camp we could now enjoy the splendid wiews of the area in a brilliant sunshine.
Since now everything were done we decided to return to Mehamn. At six o`clock in the evening we again were picked up by the boat. Soon we enjoyed a beer and a pizza at the hotel.
The next morning we had marvellous weather. The Sea-King flown by Capt. Norderval arrived at Mehamn Airport as planned. Before landing, the helicopter flew low over the plateu to check out the weather conditions. They could barely see the Junkers on top of the mountain because of fog!Since the planned for slingload was up to the maximum load allowed, the helicopter had to get rid of some of the crew not necessary for the operations. Also some of the loose equipment were unloaded. Before the helicopter was ready for slingload the fog covered the mountaintop.
The crew decided to at least try to lift parts from the Junkers in the Sandfjorden but only one flight was possible before the helicopter had to return to the airport.
Then very little happened for a long time. We had almost given up the idea of having the rest of the parts down before winter. Mehamn Airport authorities sent an E-mail reminding us of the centersection still present at the airport. The winter was just around the corner and they needed the area for clearing away the snow!
The next day I made a call to tell them that we had delayed the transport because we still had hopes for the rest of the parts to come down.
"You can come now", the answer was. The Sea-King has already flown in three loads of Junkers and they are now out there to pick up the fourth load!!!
Capt. Norderval and his crew had not let us down!
Now the only thing that remained was to repack for the shipment by
Because of other planned arrangements at the museum we could not go to Mehamn until monday, oct. 8th. This allowed for the neccessary planning of the next step in the recovery operation. The four-man crew arrived in the evening. Next day the preparations started for shipment of the parts.
Thanks to super assistance from the employees of the Mehamn Airport we were able to finish the preparations in two days.
Because of the size of the wings the only kind of transportation possible was by boat. The Strand Shipping Company found a suitable ship ("MS Tanto.") and planned to pick up the freight already the 18th. of october. Because of a lot of bad weather the shipping of the two Junkers were delayed by one week.
Friday october 26th. was a great day for all of us at the museum. Then the two Ju88`s arrived.
The wings and the remains of the fuselage of W.no.0797 is in storage at the Bodø AFB but the front part of the fuselage of W.no.1203 is in the workshop for cleaning and
Ju88 located at Sandfjorden:
Type: Ju88 C-4
Serial: 088 0797
History: Made an emergency landing coming from the sea. Sliding over the small hill, the airplane stopped before reaching the small lake in the bottom of Sandfjorden. All three of the crew wounded in the emergency landing.
Sold to the same group that bought the other JU88 at Kinnarodden.
Sold to the Norwegian Aviation Museum 1998.
The DTMB will use the wreckage of 0880797 as spares for the rebuild. The fuselage of 0881203 will be used for patterns. As of now no deal is made for the restoring of the wings for the 0881203.
In return for all this, DTMB will rebuild the fuselage of 0881203. Already all internal components are removed. The internal details are to be restored and put back inside the fuselage upon return. In addition to this DTMB will rebuild a set of wings for NLM´s Messerschmitt Bf109 G-2 project.
It is expected that the two Ju88´s are to leave Bodø before X-mas. The restoring of the two Junkers Ju88´s will take place at the Karl Birczak Restoration shop in Hereg, Hungary.