This aircraft crashed off the southern shore of Poporang
Island into a shallow tidal area.
Most of the wreckage is covered over with sand, a few parts and
pieces are visible in the water.
Justin Taylan visited the site in August 2005:
"Locals talk about how this American plane was shot down by anti-aircraft
guns on nearby Shortland Island, and crashed into the shallow water
here. They said several of the crew were killed in the crash,
and bodies floated ashore. Others were captured by the Japanese
and their exact fate was unknown. One villager reportedly has
an engraved gold ring from one of the crew members in his possession,
as it was recovered from the body by his father."
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January 31, 2018