Crash Landed (Intact) B-17 Flying Fortress, Papua New Guinea

(Image: Alf Gillman, reproduced with permission)

This well preserved Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was originally bound for the UK under the terms of a lend-lease agreement before Pacific theatre duties sealed its fate.  In 1943, under the command of 1st Lt. Raymond S. Dau. of Arlington, Virginia, the bomber took off from Port Moresby to attack a Japanese convoy off Lae.  But anti-aircraft fire crippled the B-17, forcing the pilot to crash land near Black Cat Pass in Papua New Guinea.  The crew survived, but radio operator Robert Albright later died from his wounds.  The abandoned aircraft remains intact and has become a popular tourist attraction in the area, gaining the nickname the Gray Ghost.

 
 
 

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