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   Interview with Phil Bradley

JT  What are your feelings on wreck salvage, removal, etc.

PB   What is clear is that our generation is perhaps the last one who will have that wonderful experience of being able to see significant aircraft wrecks in situ, the way they were when they crashed or were disabled over 50 years ago. As we sit here now, the best sites are becoming broken up by the elements and collectors.

  Though there may be over fifty Japanese warplane wrecks on the former Balalae Island airbase there is only one still on its wheels and only two or three complete examples on the ground. In a country currently at war with itself there will be no time or money to preserve the memories of a previous conflict.

Betty Bomber at Ballalae Airfield


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