Sunday, 24 June 2012

12. UNLUCKY WWII AIRCRAFT




The book "Kapingamarangi - Social and Religious Life of a Polynesian Atoll" details an eye-witness report of the American bomber which crashed in the lagoon.  "The bomber had just released a bomb aimed at the Japanese weather station and seaplane base when anti-aircraft fire exploded a bomb which then blew the aircraft (possibly a B-17) into three pieces.  The crew perished and bodies were buried ashore".

Book is out of print. Published by Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

John Harding and Kapinga girl.

Wreckage of Japanese seaplanes onshore from the B-17 bomber site.
At Nukuoro?  Or Kapinga?  One guess would be this floating platform was associated with the Japanese seaplane base.  Time has mixed the negatives from both islands.  What may be more interesting is the small outrigger canoe design.  Possibly something no longer being made at these islands?





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