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by RSwank
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: WWII Remains Recovery
Replies: 2
Views: 1001

Re: WWII Remains Recovery

There was a book published in 2013 or so called "The Search that Never Was", by J. L. Wright. https://www.amazon.com/Search-That-Never-Was-Personnel/dp/1625166796 Some of it can be seen online here: https://books.google.com/books?id=nJOdAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA16&lpg=PA16&dq=%22American+Graves+Registration+Se...
by RSwank
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Warbirds & Restorations
Topic: Jap Zero wing tip tube
Replies: 4
Views: 5636

Re: Jap Zero wing tip tube

Ozzi, Given your questions regarding the Zero you might find the following of interest. http://aviationweek.com/blog/how-build-zero-1945 The article above contains 5 other links. One is a link which concerns an Oscar nominated film about the designer of the Zero, called "The Wind Rises". Probably of...
by RSwank
Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Warbirds & Restorations
Topic: Jap Zero wing tip tube
Replies: 4
Views: 5636

Re: Jap Zero wing tip tube

It is a pitot tube.
by RSwank
Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Pacific Wrecks Updates & Information
Topic: Google Earth and Airfield Locations
Replies: 14
Views: 7428

Re: Google Earth and Airfield Locations

It looks like your National Library has the maps you seek, but they are not all digitized, so this probably does not help you much. Here is the "top" index map. http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-233366531/view Here, for example is Gasmata Airdrome link (but not the map): http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/1623129...
by RSwank
Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:59 am
Forum: Pacific Wrecks Updates & Information
Topic: Google Earth and Airfield Locations
Replies: 14
Views: 7428

Re: Google Earth and Airfield Locations

Funta, very interesting info. I am sure you already have this but your father's 33 page RAAF file is available on fold3.com. Surprisingly not much information in it and lots of hand written pages. There is also information on the web regarding the 593rd EBSR which had a Lt Yancey L James in Company ...
by RSwank
Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:20 am
Forum: Pacific Wrecks Updates & Information
Topic: Google Earth and Airfield Locations
Replies: 14
Views: 7428

Re: Google Earth and Airfield Locations

Funta, What was your father's name and rank. Are you sure the PBY's involved were US Navy planes? The Army Air Forces also flew PBYs in their Emergency Rescue Squadrons. Can you tell anything from the video as to possibly colors and markings on the towed PBY? I would guess the LCM was from Neomfoor,...
by RSwank
Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Pacific Wrecks Updates & Information
Topic: Google Earth and Airfield Locations
Replies: 14
Views: 7428

Re: Google Earth and Airfield Locations

Here are some maps that may help you. Some of the roads shown are still there today. You can work out the locations from the latitude and longitude scales given on the bottom of the page "index to sheets" sections. Ransiki http://media-kitlv.library.leiden.edu/image/a6b59839-55a9-4e4f-47a1-f008da206...
by RSwank
Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: Edwin John Turk KIA December 25, 1943 - Beaufort Navigator
Replies: 2
Views: 8477

Re: Edwin John Turk KIA December 25, 1943 - Beaufort Navigator

There is a description of the loss on page 5 on this link. http://raafavic.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Contact-Summer-2015.pdf .... RAAF 8 Squadron based at Vivigani strip on Goodenough Island was involved in an attack on Rabaul on Christmas Day in 1943. The crew of Beaufort A9-444 was compris...
by RSwank
Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 54
Views: 19960

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

There is a line about the loss of this plane in the book "PBJ Mitchell Units of the Pacific" by Jerry Scutts. The unit was first moved on the escort carrier USS Kalinin Bay from the US to Ewa, Hawaii. "A weak hook on a Ford Island crane caused VMB-413's first PBJ loss during unloading at Peal Harbor...
by RSwank
Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 54
Views: 19960

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Here is the crew of the plane. All listed as missing from VMB-413 at Tutulia on this site: https://missingmarines.com/ Again a slight date difference as all are listed as lost on January 22, 1944. I believe the loss occurred when VMB-413 was moving to their first base in January, 1944. They first we...
by RSwank
Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 54
Views: 19960

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Some slight confusion as to the date of the loss. According to this link:

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/USN/LLJan44.htm

a PBJ-1D, BuNO: 35131 from VMB-413 was lost on Jan 21, 1944 on a flight from Canton Island to Tutuila.
by RSwank
Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 54
Views: 19960

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

I assume you have seen this list:

https://tighar.org/wiki/Aircraft_lost_i ... Nikumaroro

The plane that seems to "match" is the Navy PBJ (B-25) lost 11 January 1944, missing enroute from Canton to Tutuilla, Samoa.
by RSwank
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Warbirds & Restorations
Topic: Jap Zero 20mm Canon
Replies: 2
Views: 5016

Re: Jap Zero 20mm Canon

They were ejected through a port under the wing. Here is a photo of the underside of a zero wing. This Zero had both a machine gun and a cannon in each wing. There are ejection ports for both guns, the longer slots are for the shell casings and the smaller ports are for the cartridge links. http://w...
by RSwank
Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 54
Views: 19960

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

The Landsat satellites orbit at 438 miles altitude. Many of the Google Earth images are from Landsat.
Have you used any of the USGS sites to get additional images? Such as their satellite data?

Examples:

https://lta.cr.usgs.gov/get_data

http://landsat.usgs.gov//Landsat_Search ... wnload.php
by RSwank
Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 54
Views: 19960

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

There have been other expeditions to Orona since 2000. In fact it appears that a New England Aquarium team was there 2012, 2014 and 2015. 2012: http://pipa.neaq.org/2012/06/orona-island-topside.html 2014: http://pipa.neaq.org/2014/08/sea-2014-orona-island-july-28.html 2015 Blog: http://pipa.neaq.org...