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PONAPE CRASH-SITE: PAGE 2

Unidentified Piece

UNIDENTIFIED PIECE: This unidentified piece of aluminum was discovered on the hillside below the engine.

Photograph: 2004 Stan Gajda

Impact Site

IMPACT SITE: The unearthed fragments of aluminum and aluminum oxide found in May of 2004 is typical of an aircraft impact site.

Photograph: 2004 Stan Gajda

Cave

CAVE: One of a number of caves in the area that were used by the Japanese as air-raid shelters.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Japanese Searchlight

JAPANESE SEARCHLIGHT: A Japanese searchlight that was located on Dolen Pahniepw.  This searchlight was completely intact until fairly recently when it was pushed down the hill and damaged.

Photograph: 2001 Stan Gajda

Japanese Searchlight

JAPANESE SEARCHLIGHT: Another view of the Japanese searchlight that was located on a hill overlooking Airfield Number 2 on Ponape.

Photograph: 2001 Stan Gajda

Unidentified Bracket

UNIDENTIFIED BRACKET: This 12-inch bracket was sent back to the United States and presented to the family on one of air-crewmen that was killed.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Projectiles

PROJECTILES: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - Armor piercing (black) and ball (blue) .50 caliber projectiles.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Ammunition

AMMUNITION: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - Three intact .50 caliber cartridges recovered from the crash-site of MB-6.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Cooked-Off Ammunition

COOKED-OFF AMMUNITION: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - .50 caliber ammunition that "cooked-off" on impact and ensuing fire.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

38 and 45-Caliber Ammunition

38 and 45-CALIBER AMMUNITION: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - A .45 caliber and a .38 caliber shell casing.  The .38 caliber shell casing is from an aircrew member's sidearm, while the .45 caliber shell casing was from a Thompson submachine gun located in the radio gunners' compartment.  The markings on the .45 caliber casing indicates it was manufactured in 1941 by the Winchester Cartridge Company while the undated .38 caliber casing was manufactured by the Remington Union Cartridge Company. 

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Linked Ammunition

LINKED AMMUNITION: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - .50 caliber ammunition with steel links intact.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

50-Caliber Shell Casings

50-CALIBER SHELL CASINGS: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - .50 caliber shell casings.  The markings on these .50 caliber casings indicates manufacturing dates of 1943 by the Remington Cartridge Company: TW for Twin Cities; DM for Dominion-Canada, and; U for Union Metallic.  

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Ammunition Chute

AMMUNITION CHUTE: Recovered artifact from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - Part of an ammunition chute.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Fabric

FABRIC: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - A piece of fabric from the interior of the aircraft.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Lug and Box

LUG AND BOX: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - A round lug and a rectangular metal box.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Projectiles

PROJECTILES: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - Various types of .50 caliber projectiles.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Fuel Tank Fragment

FUEL TANK FRAGMENT: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - A piece of the aircraft's self-sealing fuel tanks.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Various Pieces

VARIOUS PIECES: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - 1.  A piece of engine casing;  2. A bracket, and;  3. An unknown piece of structure.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Switch Components

SWITCH COMPONENTS: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - (L-R) Part of a rheostat; case of a potentiometer, and; part of a rotary switch.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

Fittings

FITTINGS: Recovered artifacts from Bureau Number 35275 on Ponape - Various fittings.

Photograph: 2001 Richard D. Williams

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