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    Bamaga Queensland Australia

Location
Lat 10° 53' 36S Long 142° 23' 10E  Bamaga is located at the northern tip of Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland in Australia. Offshore is Horn Island.

Bamaga Airfield (Higgins, Jack Jacky, Red Point)
Wartime airfield used by RAAF still in use today

Cape York
David Pennefather adds:
"At Pennefather River at Duyfken Point there are two crashed aircraft just over the sand dunes, sitting on their wheels. One has a bent prop. One of the props from the other is at the Weipa Airport. Also there is another crashed plane, scattered wreckage. To get to Duyfken Point, drive through two dried up swamps, and then 28k along the beach. All around the top end of the Cape are 18 Airacobras, fully armed at the time. Some have been found and had the armaments removed."

Unidentified Aircraft Wreck
Story via News.com.au by Jade Bilowol December 21, 2005
A MYSTERY warplane wreck has been found in a watery grave off the tip of far north Queensland. Diver and underwater filmmaker Ben Cropp today said he discovered the wreck under 6m of water "about half a mile" off the tip of Cape York last month. The wreck, that took up to 10 passengers to their deaths during World War II, was either an B24 Liberator bomber, a B17 Fortress or even a Japanese Emily flying boat, Mr Cropp said.

Mr Cropp said he was determined return to the site, near Albany Passage, next year to unravel the mystery. "It's intriguing - there were no survivors, unless it was a Japanese plane and they would want to sneak away," Mr Cropp said. "I'll identify it by counting the pistons, and they should still be intact, or by finding the name of the engine on the cowling."

He found the wing tip and three engines of the war plane, as well as its coral-covered fuselage, while filming the documentary The Silent Warriors. "It is a huge, huge bomber - it has a wing span of more than 30m," he said.

"I would say it is the largest plane to crash in Australia. There would be others of the same size but there hasn't been a larger one to crash on land or in the sea here." However, he doubted any human remains would be recovered from the wreck. "The sea just eats up everything," Mr Cropp said.

He said the discovery was one of 231 warplane wrecks that crashed in the far north Queensland region during World War II. Mr Cropp believed the plane crashed because it ran out of fuel.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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