28 Aug 2008

PNG find points to remains of WW2 pilot

2:14 pm on 28 August 2008

An Australian police officer taking photographs of plants on Papua New Guinea's Kokoda Track has discovered what is thought to be the remains of a pilot from the Second World War.

The officer captured the moss-covered skeleton of what could prove to be an airman lost during heavy fighting nearly 70 years ago, hanging from metal cabling on a tree.

The Australian, US and Japanese authorities in PNG's capital Port Moresby have been informed and are now investigating the remains.

They are checking records to see if any pilots were reported missing in that area.