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by RSwank
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Warbirds & Restorations
Topic: Jap Zero 20mm Canon
Replies: 2
Views: 5232

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: 55
Views: 22606

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: 55
Views: 22606

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...
by RSwank
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: Plane in the lagoon at Orona
Replies: 55
Views: 22606

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: 55
Views: 22606

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: 15022

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: 1363

Re: on the beach

by RSwank
Sun May 03, 2015 6:55 am
Forum: Wrecks & Losses
Topic: on the beach
Replies: 2
Views: 1363

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: 4064

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: 2415

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: 14
Views: 4766

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: 14
Views: 4766

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: 14
Views: 4766

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: 14
Views: 4766

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....