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Justin Taylan
Creator of PacificWrecks.com just has also made several trips to the Pacific, to retrace his grandfather's wartime service, and in search of wreckage from the war.  He has visited over 100+ aircraft wrecks, and discovered an A6M2 Zero in 2003.

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Shaharom Ahmad
Shaharom Ahmad is the creator of the Malaya Historical Group webiste, and a contributor to the Pacific Wreck Database website. Over the past years, he and his website have made many discoveries and contributions to WWII history in Malaya.

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Max Ammer
IrianDiving, resident of Irian Jaya, SCUBA diver and discovery of war relics and aircraft. He has visited many locations in Irian Jaya including wrecks underwater and on land.

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Brian Bennett
Intimate knowledge of the Rabaul area's War History, Brian has been responsible for locating several of the most captivating wrecks in the Rabaul and New Britain area. Assists CILHI/JPAC.

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Dan Carey
Dan has returned from Truk lagoon photographic trip, with underwater images of Shinkoku Maru, Aikoku Maru, Hoki Maru, Fumitzuki, Hanakawa Maru, Rio De Janeiro Maru and more...

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Ted Darcy
Son of a PBM crew member in the Pacific, and himself served in the United States Marine Corps. After visiting a crash site on Hawaii, he began work on has worked on the issue of World War II casualties and MIAs, culminating in a comprehensive 'casualty database'.

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Walt Deas
A diver since the 1950's and he has traveled to many Pacific locations as a documentary film and video maker, and photographer. Learn more about his experiences and current projects.

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Kevin Denlay
One of the divers involved with the discoveries of several fighting ships from the Battle of the Java Sea as a diver on board the MV Empress when these wrecks were found. He shares photos and information about the finds.

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Kevin Donahue
'It takes a special person to love a wreck. For me I like the mystery and intrigue that they represent.' Kevin has visited Saipan and is interested in the wrecks still present there.

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Nicolas Duprey
and his friend Flo Thibeaux are passionate about WWII history on their home island of New Caledonia. The contribute research and photos of several aircraft wrecks and airstrips.

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John Douglas
Douglas spends his free moments wreck hunting throughout the country and developing his knowledge of the battlefields.  His unique military and aviation archeology is immensely satisfying, and twelve years of exploring has led to a deep knowledge of wrecks and battlefields in the South West Pacific.

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John Van Duis
Confessions of an aircraft scrapper. After WWII, hundreds of abandoned aircraft were left all over the Pacific. In the late 1940's scrap operations melted this debris down for profit. The memories of war were fresh and in most cases, there was no interest in the aircraft as historical relics.

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Bruce Fenstermaker
in the 1980 - early 1990's he worked recovering aircraft for California aviation museums recovering several Japanese aircraft.   Then, he became interested in MIA Cases

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Tony Feredo
I live in the Manila area. I make yearly visits to Bataan and Corregidor and related to airfields and aircraft in the Philippines. I am a regular contributor to www.corregidor.org.

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Don Fetterly
Part traveler, part researcher & historian and sonar innovator who works with Rod Pearce. His travels have brought him all over the Pacific, and he shares research on the wreck of the SS Masaya. In Memory, Don Fetterly passed away December 2005 doing what he loved: diving and exploring

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Peter Flahavin
Peter has made many trips to Guadalcanal, and visited nearly all the major battlefield, wreck sites and beaches. Also, he has probably contributed the most photographs to the website!

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Stan Gajda
Historian, Restorer and Resident of Micronesia. Details of explorations in Western Australia, Darwin area, Nauru, Tarawa, Makin and more...

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David Gillis
Served with the Australian Army 183 Recce Flt in Papua New Guinea in 1968-1971. Wreck photos were taken in 1968/69 as a helicopter pilot.

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Harlan Glenn
Author, reinactor, historian, director-producer. He has traveled to many Pacific battlefields. Also, he is the author of a new book on USMC Uniforms & Insignia

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Robert Halstead
Papua New Guinea SCUBA diver, Bob Halstead is responsible for the discovery of several WWII wrecks in PNG, including two P-38 Lightnings near Milne Bay.

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John Innes
Innes is a major force in the preservation and study of Guadalcanal history, working to identify wreck sites, on MIA cases and accompanying veterans back to the places they served. Innes is the most knowledgable people in the world on the subject of Gaudalcanal WWII history and land battles

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Richard Leahy
The Leahy's name is synonymous with Papua New Guinea history and exploration. Richard Leahy lives in Lae, and over the past decades, has been involved in the discovery of dozens of WWII wreck sites, MIA sites and the work of U.S. Army CILHI.

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Daniel Leahy
In the past six to twelve months I have been researching historical sites and museums related to military aviation in the area of southeastern Australia. Leahy is the creator of the RAAF Database

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Chip Lambert
USS Mississinewa, sunk by Kaiten Suicide Torpedo off Ulithi on November 20, 1944. Discovered April 6, 2001 by Chip Lambert. The ship was the only US Navy ship sunk by Kaiten attack alone, and is the grave site of over fifty Americans.

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Dennis Letourneau
In July, 1999 my father and I visited the Solomons and Tarawa. He provides excellent photos from unfrequented areas of the Solomons battlefileds.

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Eric Mailander
Peleliu Explorations including the 50th anniversary rememberances of 1994 and 1996. Discoveries include Japanese remains & fortifications, "Sledge Pillbox" and more.

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Henry Mayer
Port Moresby's Micro History. Since the age of seven, Papua New Guinean, Henry Mayer has combed the hills and wartime areas of Port Moresby. He has found dozens of buttons, dog tags, badges, insignia, trench art and objects that tell the story of the war.

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Josh Mcdade
Part of the peacekeeping force stationed there from September through December of 1999, and reports on WWII sites. One of the first outsiders to visit Bougainville since the social unrest of the early 1990's.

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Jack Mierzejewski
I'm a Brit born of Polish parents in England (my dad flew Spitfires in Polish 308 Squadron), Now I'm a naturalized Canadian. I sometimes wonder what happened to the wrecks that I knew in PNG 25 years ago.

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Janice Olson
The Pacific Theatre B-17 Project's mission is to collect, preserve, and make available to the public the history of the B-17s and their crews serving in the Pacific Theatre.

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Peter Ording
Ording has dove and explored the Pacific: from the Aleutians to Australia. Also, review his photo gallery of incredible photo gallery that he has graciously shared.

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Rod Pearce
Owner of Niugini Diving, has been diving Papua New Guinea's waters for over 30 years and is accredited with discovering PNG's two premier wrecks - B-17 "Blackjack" and the S'Jacob shipwreck, plus a host of other wrecks.

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David Pennefather
Australian Pennefather spent most of his adult life in Papua New Guinea as a 'kiap', or Patrol Officer and businessman. His travels to remote villages lead to the discovered of many wartime relics and wrecks, including several aircraft discoveries.

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Sean Prizeman
Visit to Iwo Jima in 1995 for the 50th Anniversary rememberances. I became especially interested in traveling to Iwo after viewing the documentary on the 40th anniversary of Iwo Jima entitled, Return to Iwo Jima

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Pat Ranfranz
Pat Ranfranz on his own initiative and funds, traveled to Yap Island to search for his missing uncle, aboard B-24J 44-40598. The was the begining of larger research related to losses suffered over Yap Island.

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Sydney Midget Submarine Discovery Team
Interview with the dive team that discovered the Japanese midget submarine, M-24 lost during the night of May 31, 1942. The divers include: Greg Kearns, Dave Arnold, Alan Simon, Paul Baggott, Ton Hay, Dave Muir, and Phil Hendrie.

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Pat Scannon
Pat Scannon has been involved with WWII history, wrecks, exploration on the islands of Palau. He is also the creator of the BentProp.org website, and four self funded "PMAN" (Palau-Marines+Army Air Force+Navy) expeditions to the Palau area in search of history.

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Sean Prizeman
Traveled to Iwo Jima during the 50th Anniversary remembrances in 1995. He shares his discoveries about the island and the veterans who returned to this infamous Pacific battlefield.

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Roy Wiggs
Story of Lt. Shimazu Ozaki's A6M5a Zero and amazing photographs of its condition when discovered in 1962 on Guam.

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Dick Williams
Shares recollections about Truk, Guam, Kusaie and Ponape from his time there from the late 1960's to early 1980's

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February 3, 2014

 

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