Most of the Papuans and New Guineans I met have an understanding of the significance
of the wrecks, but it is rare that they see much beyond that. Generally the wrecks
are allowed to grow over with vegetation and when I mention it may be worth keeping
them in good condition, they are generally uninterested.
the more people who see them and hire local guides, the more they may start to
realise their value. The bigger problem may be the government who on the face
of it appear to want to have some of the wrecks restored such as the A-20 Boston,
but you just know that a few years after they get their hands on it again it will
be a wreck again or vandalised.
one is always open to surprise - only last week I read of a Jap tank near Rabaul
being moved by road contractors and the local government insisting it be put back
in it�s original location.
is also talk of having Yamamoto�s Betty bomber covered over with a shelter to
help preserve it. But the tropical atmosphere will ultimately consume everything.
I stepped inside a Betty on Ballalae and had my foot go through the floor- the
metal was paper thin - it hardly scratched my leg.