John Douglas October 2000 Wreck News Updates
Wreck related briefs from John Douglas in Papua New Guinea
Gusap & Ramu Valley
October 2000 I just spent 3 days in middle Ramu, client is a sugar company,who need an environmental audit. I go back in jan/feb 2001for the main study. They occupy the Gusap Airstrip, which has a few scraps of wrecks left A few engines, fuel tanks and 6-8 small bulldozers, which I haven't seen yet. Also scrap dumps. I'll take some photos on my next visit and write a small story.
P-47, P-38, B-17 Wrecks
The pilot at the company tells me of nearby P47 [at 8,000'] that's got an intact cockpit. I think someone on your discussion page earlier claimed he was about to extract it. I'm trying to get photos. He also mentioned a nearby P38, also in good condition. I'll get photos on the next trip when I should have some spare time. Reference was also made to a story by the helicopter pilot to a newly discovered B-17 near Wau with bones etc. this could be an old story though.
Forgotten Emergency Strip
There's a Californian restorer working with Charlie at Wewak, looking for wrecks to recover/restore from North Hollywood. He's looking mostly for B25's / P38s. They are checking out what appears to be an emergency landing strip [forgotten] near Aitape, that's apparently got about 20 wrecks on it, including 3 x B25s side by side. That's what I love about this country. Land of the unexpected. He promises me some photos, but I'll probably go myself if this story is true.
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