70 years almost to the day, we visited the crash site of the American B-24 Liberators wreck. Three hours of sleep hill walking got us to the site. Our guild was the son of one of the first to visit the site, he said, there were survivors but his dad and other villagers thought they were spirits and at the sight of them, they turned are run away
took off from Port Moresby on a single bomber armed reconnaissance mission over the Wewak area. Towards evening, the aircraft radioed their ETA and requested the field lights to be put on as they were approaching the port Moresby area. The aircraft never appeared. Instead it crash landed into the side of a hill between Mumeng village and Tsili Tsili. Declared missing the day of the mission
Very interesting story; those Yankee flyers were a long, long way from Port Moresby! I worked with the crew that discovered the Wafi mineralisation circa 1978. We were simultaneously drilling a copper prospect located on the west side of the Lower Watut. Tracking into that site by Hughes 500 helicopter, a crashed Japanese Zero fighter was discovered on the kunai ridges near the abandoned Tsili Tsili airstrip. The bones and equipment of the pilot were still in the aircraft, which was thoroughly crumpled and embedded in the ground, but with part of one wing still intact, with the Rising Sun roundel was very visible. I believe that the details of that aircraft were later given to the Japanese authorities. The pilot was someone’s son.
Thanks for the feed back, it was a really good to visit a plane wreckage and know the story behind it .