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by RSwank
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 54
Views: 20239

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

There was a survey done of the lagoon in 2000. BASELINE MARINE BIOLOGICAL SURVEYS OF THE PHOENIX ISLANDS, JULY 2000 http://phoenixislands.org/pdf/00589.01.pdf Some of of their dive sites (see page 39 of their report for the dive locations) appear to be very close to the location you give for the "pl...
by RSwank
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 54
Views: 20239

Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

Interesting idea. If you take a line drawing of an Electra 10 and one of a B-25 and try scaling and fitting them to the points you have identified, particularly the nose and two engines, it appears the Electra is a better fit to include the tail location. A B-25 just does not fit correctly from fron...
by RSwank
Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: New Guy In Saipan
Replies: 27
Views: 13924

Re: New Guy In Saipan

Vlessard, Interesting story. There were a couple of flights by B-29s from Japan to Washington DC. There is a discussion of them here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945_Japan%E2%80%93Washington_flight http://www.40thbombgroup.org/DCFlight.pdf There first flight by 3 planes was to fly direct from Jap...
by RSwank
Sun May 03, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: on the beach
Replies: 2
Views: 1302

Re: on the beach

by RSwank
Sun May 03, 2015 6:55 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: on the beach
Replies: 2
Views: 1302

Re: on the beach

Have you seen this discussion?
http://www.ozatwar.com/1may42.htm
by RSwank
Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: B-17E "Bitch Kitty"??? 5th or 11BG
Replies: 4
Views: 3665

Re: B-17E "Bitch Kitty"??? 5th or 11BG

There is a photo floating around on e-bay which shows a "Bitch Kitty". It is labeled as being from the 381st BG, but looking at how the men are dressed, I think this in incorrect. The writing on this "Bitch Kitty" seems to be a pretty good match to yours, although it is taken on the other side of th...
by RSwank
Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: MIAS accounted for 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 2226

Re: MIAS accounted for 2014

Another member of the Poulson crew (B-24 42-41188, "Hot Garters") has been accounted for.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/regio ... 1502230125
by RSwank
Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: B-29 loss, AAF serial # 42-63508, May 25, 1945
Replies: 10
Views: 4219

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

Mike, I found the map we want on-line. You need to play around with the controls at the top, but you can zoom in pretty well and find the crash location. There seem to be two sets of zoom controls, a plus/minus set and a series of increasing boxes. I had to use both to get what I wanted. The map is ...
by RSwank
Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: B-29 loss, AAF serial # 42-63508, May 25, 1945
Replies: 10
Views: 4219

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

I found a site that has many of the maps we seek but unfortunately not the one we want. By looking at the series of maps, you can understand how they work. Here is a link to the site: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/japan.html Under the Topographical section you can see the series of maps at the 1:50...
by RSwank
Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: B-29 loss, AAF serial # 42-63508, May 25, 1945
Replies: 10
Views: 4219

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

I found another online link that has some of the maps, in particular sheets 6054-II, -III and -IV. Unfortunately not the one we want 6054-I. http://bbs.godeyes.cn/showtopic-384835.aspx However, if you study those 3 maps you can figure out how the grid system works and how it would line-up with the m...
by RSwank
Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: B-29 loss, AAF serial # 42-63508, May 25, 1945
Replies: 10
Views: 4219

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

Working out the co-ordinates of the corners of 6054-1 it would appear that: The lower left corner is at 35.8333N, 139.75E (35 degrees 50 min N, and 139 degrees, 45 Min E) The upper right corner is at 36N, 140E. The other two corners follow from the above. The "square" is roughly 22.5 km wide and 18....
by RSwank
Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Missing/Killed In Action (MIA/KIA)
Topic: B-29 loss, AAF serial # 42-63508, May 25, 1945
Replies: 10
Views: 4219

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

You may have already found this, it is AMS-L774.

http://cluster3.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/maps/AMS-L774.jpg

You can locate the 6054 - 1 quadrant on the map. The co-ordinates inside that would be guesswork.
by RSwank
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Prisoners Of War (POW)
Topic: American pilot POW in Borneo
Replies: 5
Views: 2312

Re: American pilot POW in Borneo

David, As a followup to my post above about the US POW file only showing 6 American military names in the one Borneo camp listed, (Camp 590) I thought it would be interesting to see what units those men were from. The units might give you some further possibilities to search. Corrin, Phillip R and N...
by RSwank
Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Prisoners Of War (POW)
Topic: American pilot POW in Borneo
Replies: 5
Views: 2312

Re: American pilot POW in Borneo

David, I did a little more searching on the POW data bases given in the link above. It appears the 2nd POW database, labeled WWII Prisoners of the Japanese, is actually a subset of the first POW file. (At least every person I checked in the 2nd database also appears in the first). So using the 1st P...