This aircraft crashed into the sea off Koumac on New Caledonia.
During June 2001, wreckage suspected to be a B-17 Flying Fortress was discovered underwater off Koumac. This aircraft is yet to be confirmed or identified. It is unclear if this is from an aircraft crash, or a dumped into the sea.
The wreckage includes a radial engine with a three bladed propeller downward on a sandy bottom and a cylindrical piece of aluminium wreckage. Depth unknown.
Justin Taylan adds:
"If this wreckage is indeed from a crashed Flying Fortress, the one known loss in the vicinity is B-17E "Kai-O-Keleiwa" 41-9224 piloted by Loder MIA August 7, 1942."
Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes "Une epave d'avion decouverte au large de Paagoumene" June 26, 2001
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June 29, 2019