Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
John Douglas
Wreck News Update –  September 2001

by John Douglas

My main effort at the moment is exploring the forests around Port Moresby. The area back towards Kokoda from Port Moresby seems to have been a killing ground for planes. It was the main route for planes travelling between Port Moresby and points north, including Kokoda, Buna, Lae and Rabaul. Add in a mountain pass, regular bad weather, combat and occasionally inexperienced pilots, and you get a lot of mishaps. Much of this area is steep, forested and little used except by occasional hunters. So, there are wrecks to be found.

CILHI have been working on a couple with remains, but a lot more need to be located and checked out. For the moment we've been working in one valley that seems to have gathered up P-39s. located four, all aparently lost in May 1942, when matters were very evenly balanced between the opposing forces. These P-39s are all D or F models, not reported to the outside world before, and come from the 35the Fighter Squadron and 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force. No remains obvious. I've got a camera travelling in the lower Sepic river [Another good location for wrecks]as well. I attach a few photos for your gratification.

DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-518
Pilot Chapman MIA March 25, 1945

P-39F Airacobra Serial Number 41-7191
Pilot Chapman MIA May 18, 1942

P-39Q Airacobra Serial Number 42-19939
Abandoned or crashed in Oro Province

Click For Enlargement Click For Enlargement Click For Enlargement

Return to John Douglas Main Page

  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram