By CAPTAIN KEITH HOPPER
I KNOW very little about Amelia Earhart and so cannot comment on recent reports in The National..
However, I do know a great deal about United States Army Fifth Air Force operations in the southwest Pacific area, that is, PNG.
One of the greatest mysteries of the Fifth during World War Two was the loss of Fifth bomber command’s commanding officer, Brig Gen Kenneth N. Walker.
The 43rd bomb group B-17 Flying Fortress that he was in, was shot down by Japanese fighters whilst exiting the target area (Rabaul) on Jan 5, 1943.
He had been involved in a mass daylight raid on Japanese shipping in
However, it was early in the war and
The Fifth Air Force was suffering heavy losses and
When Gen Kenny heard of the loss, he nominated
To date, the wreckage of
So it is a very real possibility that the recent aircraft wreck discovered in
I would like to thank The National for reporting the find, and look forward to future updates as more information comes to light.