Papua New Guinea Wreck Tec Updates – April 2001
I spent some time helping CILHI, who are excavating
a B-25 wreck [B-25C "The Happy Legend" 41-12907] in the Owen Stanley Ranges. My role was to locate
other wrecks nearby, that they could inspect for human remains.
The area that I chose was in the near the vicinity
of Kokoda. My written records suggest 4-5 wrecks. I located 14, and
we visited 7 of these. They were mostly P-39 & P-40s. The others
will be followed up on later. I also took them to a B-24 site I had
located two years ago, northwest of Port Moresby.
According to the record, most of the crew survived,
but there is a question mark over two crew. I have sent a foot patrol
over the ranges east of Port Moresby to Safia valley.
I have stories of a few wrecks that need checking out!
Do you have photos or additional information to add?