Last week’s stories about a plane wreckage in
The National has been inundated with phone calls, emails and visits from people since the publication of the stories and feature article in the Weekender last Friday.
A group of local men claimed to have found a plane wreckage with the Bureau Number 06751.
This brought back a swift response from Craig Fuller of the Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research (AAIR) in
“The 40- serial numbers - the USAAF equivalent of USN Bureau Numbers - only go up to 40-3162, so it is not possibly 40-6751,” he said.
“The USN Bureau Number 06751 is for a Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless.”
According to Fuller’s USN Lost list at http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/USN/LLApr43.htm, that plane crashed at Guadalcanal in the
“It is also possible the number found is not the plane's ID number, but another marking altogether,” Fuller added.
Asked if there was any possibility of the wreckage being Eahart’s, he replied: “Personally I do not think so.
“So what I was doing was trying to identify what it is.
“Right now, Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless Bureau Number 06751 is the best candidate.
“While the loss location lists
“Unfortunately I do not have any more details on that loss other than what is listed.
“Are there any photos of what they have found?”
Australian, Steve Bennett, based in Port Moresby commented: “Amelia broadcasted a radio transmission that was picked up by a US Ship at
“After leaving Lae, Howland was her next destination and final stop before trying to get to
“She never landed at Howland.
“She did confirm that she had passed
“But, if they do find it in the jungles up in the Bainings then good on 'em.
“That is one plane that should really be returned to the
“WW2 wreckage should remain in PNG.”
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