John Douglas   January 2001 Wreck News Updates

Wreck related briefs from John Douglas in Papua New Guinea

East of Port Moresby, in a swamp lies a plane wreck with bones inside, unreported to officialdom since the war. [Probably American fighter]. It was reported to me by my network and I've sent a man off with a camera and detailed inspections. The trip will take about two weeks.

East of Wewak, past the Murik Lakes, the local people were traveling through some previously explored kunai/cane when a machete hit some metal! They had a look around at their discovery, found a plane with human remains, became scared of bad spirits and left quickly. I got the story through my contacts, sent a camera and travel funds,and now waiting a report. The weather has been bad and travel difficult, but results are expected soon.

Coastline from Cape Ward Hunt [Oro province] to Lae is not easily accessible, and a lot of planes crashed there as result of local dogfights or returning from combat at Lae,Buna/Dobuduru and Port Moresby. One man came in with details of a P-38E/F and stories of 6 or 8 more. He was given a camera, traveling funds and sent off.

B-25G Mitchell 42-64835
Located in kunai south of Wewak, center burnt, only the tail, wings and engines remain

P-47 Thunderbolt
P-47 Thunderbolt

Dobuduru crashed on take off is in "Warpath across the Pacific"

P-47 Thunderbolt

Oro Bay never used [in packing crate] Straight but corroded.

P-47 Thunderbolt
P-47 Thunderbolt

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