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Rick Ray
Rabaul Resident and Tobera Airfield

Tobera Airfield
Rick 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, Tobera Airfield.

P-38G Lightning 42-12848
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 site.

PBJ Mitchell 35143
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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