Built by Interstate at DeKalb, Illinois during late 1943-1944.
Assigned to the US Navy to STAG-1 to mission VK-12.
On October 1, 1944 one of eight TDR drones that took off from Stirling Airfield in the Treasury Islands controlled by a TBM Avenger "mother
targets in Southern Bougainville and the Shortlands. This drone crashed onto
a ridge on Poporang Island.
Known only to a few locals, the wreckage is on a ridge line in a difficult
location to access, they erroneously call it a 'helicopter' wreck,
though its tubular appearance certainly looks like one.
Justin Taylan adds:
"The wreckage has evidence of small arms fire, indicating the Japanese were firing at it before it crashed."
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January 31, 2018