2 WWII Planes Found in Indonesia
Jun. 29, 2000
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Villagers in eastern Indonesia have found the remains of two U.S. fighter planes that crashed during World War II, the official Antara news agency reported Thursday.
It said the two aircraft, believed to be Republic P-47 Thunderbolts, were discovered near the villages of Mos and Makmakerbon about 2,000 miles east of the capital of Jakarta.
Villagers could not inspect the wreckage because the surrounding area is littered with unexploded ammunition, resident Yusuf Rumaropen told Antara.
Irian Jaya, which comprises the western half of New Guinea island, was a major battleground between Japanese and Allied forces during World War II.
The P-47s were heavy, long-range fighters that escorted allied bombers on raids against Japanese bases along the northern coast of New Guinea. The planes were armed with eight .50-caliber machine guns and could carry rockets and bombs slung under their wings.