30 Jun 2008

Australian bomber found in PNG

11:13 am on 30 June 2008

An Australian bomber shot down by the Japanese in a remote region of Papua New Guinea during the Second World War has been found 66 years later.

A missionary found the wreckage of a Hudson bomber last month and an Australian air force team has confirmed it was the plane A16-126, lost with four crew on February the 11th 1942.

The AAp newsagency says the plane was part of a formation of three bombers which attacked Japanese shipping at Gasmata harbour in New Britain.

Bullet holes were found in the tail section and cannon shells were still in their original clips, but no bombs were found.