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by RSwank
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Wirraway wrecks nr. Rabaul New Britian
Replies: 2
Views: 1093

Re: Wirraway wrecks nr. Rabaul New Britian

There is some detail of the event here, starting on page 27 https://books.google.com/books?id=Pj3t74K8hq4C&pg=PA28&lpg=PA28&dq=wirraways+rabaul&source=bl&ots=hnsdY9eZd0&sig=XAgTL7B8qdpYld-7jfilkN54CIk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiNyNCf36LdAhUEOa0KHQ7TBj8Q6AEwCXoECAEQAQ#v=onepage&q=wirraways%20rabaul&f=fal...
by RSwank
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: B-29 loss, AAF serial # 42-63508, May 25, 1945
Replies: 14
Views: 5378

Re: B-29 loss, AAF serial # 42-63508, May 25, 1945

Mike, It looks like the Temple is marked with a "swastika like" symbol on both the 1945 map and on Google Maps. The Temple area and what looks like a graveyard are at: 35.905043, 139.904494 https://www.google.com/maps/place/35%C2%B054'18.0%22N+139%C2%B054'21.2%22E/@35.905001,139.9053418,150m/data=!3...
by RSwank
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: 3 Lost B-24's in Burma 14 Nov. 1943
Replies: 1
Views: 501

Re: 3 Lost B-24's in Burma 14 Nov. 1943

The 3 B-24s that went down on this mission were: 42-73304 The pilot was Lt George H Kimball and the co-pilot was F/O George R Johnson. Listed in the crew was a S/Sgt Carl A Speck from Mound Valley, KA. (Was he your uncle?) (7 page MACR) 42-73059 was piloted by Maj Wesley Werner. (25 page MACR) 42-73...
by RSwank
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Lost F4U Corsairs
Replies: 2
Views: 760

Re: Lost F4U Corsairs

A little background on why the planes ended up in Lake Michigan.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertain ... olumn.html
by RSwank
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Lost F4U Corsairs
Replies: 2
Views: 760

Re: Lost F4U Corsairs

There have been many navy planes recovered from Lake Michigan including a F4U. There are probably still more wrecks in the lake.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_and_T_Recovery


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xwNPTkoa9M
by RSwank
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

There are two photos on fold3.com of Jabor, Jaluit Atoll taken during WWII. Fold3.com photos are free to view and use (registration may be required). This first photo, taken November 1943 shows the harbor before bombing. North is toward the lower right side of the photo. So the lagoon is toward the ...
by RSwank
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Book page 17 (page 22 of the booklet below) shows where the various piers were located in the early 40s. http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/9884470 You can find Warf 1 and Warf 2 on Google Earth or Google maps today. The Main pier (German dock) has been reconstructed and lengthened and is not today ...
by RSwank
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Here is the entire book in which the "AE" photo was found. http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1223403/113?itemId=info%3Andljp%2Fpid%2F1223403&contentNo=113&__lang=en You can go through it page by page. (Slide your cursor along the left or right edge to get the arrow "next page" to appear. It...
by RSwank
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Tom, I ran across another article in the Pacific Islands Monthly, this one from April, 1936. The article starts on page 36. Nice description of the town. https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-311753908/view?partId=nla.obj-311808191#page/n37/mode/1up What I find interesting is that the author describes some the...
by RSwank
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Tom, I will play Devil's Advocate here. When I look at the full picture of the supposed AE on the dock, I think I see a scalloped canopy, probably on a small boat, just to the left of the people on the dock. The boat would appear to be right up next to the dock/wharf. I think there is possible a lad...
by RSwank
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

I would think there have to be some photos somewhere, unfortunately they may not be on-line. There is an interesting description of a visit by some Japanese princes to Jaluit in July 1935 in the September issue of the Pacific Islands Monthly. Article starts on page 25. http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-3116...
by RSwank
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Are you aware of any photos that show the dock? I note that there is a claim that this dock was built after 1935, but when I look at the original photo : https://www.archives.gov/files/news/Amelia%20Earhart%20possible%20sighting.pdf the pilings along the left side of the dock appear to be quite weat...
by RSwank
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 55
Views: 25015

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Just a couple of points. On this thread at post 457 there is an image of another page from the book, which shows the Printed Date as October 5, 1935 and the Published Date as October 10, 1935. The Librarian's stamp with a date of October 25, 1935 is on another page. So the Librarian stamp date is no...
by RSwank
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: VMB-612 Marine PBJ's off of Saipan
Replies: 9
Views: 7512

Re: VMB-612 Marine PBJ's off of Saipan

I believe this is a little more information on Madvay, Edward 1st Lt, O-023042 He was declared dead on 24 January, 1946. He went missing on 27 Nov 1944, flying a PBJ-1D, a navy/marine version of a B-25. His father was Michael Madvay, then living at 310 Drake Ave, Roselle NJ. His mother was Bertha. H...