North Coast New Guinea Wrecks
Photographs October - November 1979
A-20G "Joy Baby" 43-9039 with "Jane"
on the cowl at Malas, opposite Karkar island. It bellylanded on the
beach after running out of fuel on April 16, 1944 "Black
Sunday" mission to Hollandia. The crew were picked up the next
day by PBY. It is now about 150m inland and +- 1m above sea level due
to the rising coastline. You can see bullet holes in the propeller.
Remains of crashed B-25G Mitchell 42-64827. It was quite near the coast in a plantation,
but I cannot recall if it was north or south of the village. My brother
definitely knew what flight it was, because he commented that the navigational
instrument seen in the photo of assorted bits, was still set to their
course. We collected together all the bits together for the second photo.
I also found a Japanese water bottle with a bullet hole through it.
Aerial shots at Biliau, near Saidor Airfield, of two A-20's that
had belly landed on April 16, 1944, "Black
Sunday". Both of these aircraft have since been recovered by
the RAAF in 1985 for restoration. The aircraft are A-20G 43-9401 672nd
417th BG and A-20G 43-9481 13th BS / 3rd Attack
Sunken Japanese transports visible from the air
Aerial shot of the old airstrip, plus assorted
photos of three different bombers. There is also was the wreckage of Junkers F.13 VH-UKW.