The Balim Valley is located deep
in the mountains of central New Guinea, near the present day border
between Irian Jaya and Papua New Guinea. The area is inhabited by the Dani people,
who were first discovered during Richard
Archbold's third New Guinea expidition in 1938. During the Pacific War, the Balim Valley was nicknamed "Shangri-La" or "Hidden Valley" by the Americans.
C-47A "Gremlin Special / Guinea Gopher" Serial Number 42-23952
Pilot Peterson crashed in May 13, 1945, surviving crew rescued
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August 25, 2018