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    B-17 wreckage

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    1. jaba_ 104 months ago | reply

      Interesting, I would have assumed the forest would have covered it up after 60 years of being there?

    2. Mangiwau 101 months ago | reply

      I last walked up to this site in 1989 - the wreckage looks still in good condition. It's always been in kunai grass patch - that's why pilot ditched plane at this location just near old Kaisenik village of Singalemu.

    3. imbok2000 99 months ago | reply

      This is quite an impressively preserved bit of history. Does anyone know the country of origin (the markings do not look American)? I see that the tail number is still visible. I'm sure that there is a very interesting story here.

    4. worldwidewandering 93 months ago | reply

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    5. masqueman 91 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Liberty Belle & B-17 Bombers, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

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    6. richardcclark 91 months ago | reply

      You may also wish to add this great photo and story here:

    7. Dusty_73 85 months ago | reply

      Very interesting!! Is that an RAF roundel on it?

    8. Vidterry 84 months ago | reply

      Wonderful photo of a sad end for a proud plane. Certainly looks like an RAF roundel on the wing. Exceptional work.


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    9. mvonraesfeld 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Aviation Museum, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    11. Steve Birdsall 65 months ago | reply

      For the full story of this aircraft - and it's quite a story, believe me - check out:

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    12. krakowicz 63 months ago | reply

      This is not an RAF aircraft. The USAAF markings have been weathered away to reveal the RAF roundel. Plane crashed on 08 January 1943 with all crewmen on board rescued except for the tailgunner, who died after the crash. She took off from 7-Mile Drome on a bombing run to Lae and was chased by Jap aircraft. The two starboard engines were put out of commission by flak. Crashed near Black Cat Pass and referred to by many as the "Gray Ghost."

    13. Africoz 48 months ago | reply

      So many memories! I walked to this wreck as a 10y/o kid in 1968 while I was living in Wau. Back then, the engines were still largely intact, and most of the cockpit instruments were still there but the wreck was more overgrown than it seems to be today. I recall we found the emergency winding handle for the landing gear, fitted it into it's socket behind the cockpit and started cranking - the right side of the wreck actually started to lift!

    14. BlueisCoool 38 months ago | reply

      Very nice capture - congrats !

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