Lat 8° 34' 41S Long 140° 32' 46E Located inland from the southern coast of New Guinea near the international border with Papua New Guinea (PNG). Also known as Kombre or Kombere. Today located in Merauke Regency in Papua Province (Provinsi Papua) in Indonesia.
Unknown aircraft at Kombieti
Residents of the remote jungles in Indonesia's
eastern-most province of Papua claim to have found the wreckage
of a U.S. plane believed to have been shot down by Japanese forces
during World War II. The aircraft was found hidden in the undergrowth
in the village of Kombieti, which borders with Papua New Guinea,
Lukas Merunda, one of the local residents, said on Friday. Merunda
said the body of the aircraft was still intact, with its wings
hanging on the wreckage. The wreckage of another World War II
plane was also discovered recently by Indonesian marine scientists
on an underwater expedition off the Papua coast. Reference: Reported
in Jakarta Post March 19, 2005.
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March 1, 2020