Ray's history in Rabaul goes back to when he was 21, and first came to Rabaul
with the Burns Philips Company. Now, he is the general manager on the Golden Dolphin
Copra Plantation. This plantation is on the site of the old Japanese fighter strip,
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In the top photo, Rick is holding the twisted
remains of a P-38 Lightning that crashed on his plantation at high speed late
in the war. There is not much of this wreck left, and it is considered an MIA
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Last year, Ric and his workers discovered the wreckage of a airplane
missing since the war. This site turned out to be the wreck of
a USMC Mitchell that was hit by AA fire late in the war and all
the crew were killed, and their remains recovered by CILHI in
the year 2000.
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