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5th AF

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Justin Taylan 2004

Aircraft History
Built by Republic. Assigned to the U. S. Army serial number unknown. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nickname or markings.

During 1943 or 1944, this P-47D likely it took off from the Port Moresby area on a test flight or a non-combat mission. During the flight, it likely experienced a mechanical problem forcing it to ditch into the sea near Local Island (Manubada), about a mile south of 3-Mile Drome (Kila Kila) and Joyce Bay

Fate of the Pilot
The pilot was rescued or swam ashore.

This P-47 is fully intact and rests on a sandy bottom in 10-12m. This wreck was known to local fisherman. During 2002, this aircraft was first dived by a pair of visiting pastors.

Justin Taylan reports:
"I dove this spectacular wreck in July 2004.  It lies on a sloping coral wall and sandy bottom. It has little marine growth on it.  Interesting, that the fabric surfaces are still present, and the cockpit hatch still open as the pilot last left it."

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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