Yap Planes

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  1. Sweb

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    Well, I thought the PDF file would attach itself but it looks like it didn't. I'll try again.
     
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    Yap Planes.pdf - File Shared from Box.net - Free Online File Storage

    This link will take you to a Download/Preview page of pics I took of various Japanese planes that were on the island of Yap in the Western Caroline Islands in January, 1981. There were more but unfortunately I fell into a bomb crater full of water and ruined my camera. There was one Betty in the jungle overgrowth that was intact enough to crawl through and sit in the various crews stations. There were many American unexploded bombs like the one in the link I took with a couple acquaintances I made. They were unearthed when I was there by a Japanese construction company who were putting in a new airstrip on the top of a ridge near the old airstrip.
     
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    Here is that Judy dive bomber that was recovered, restored and placed in the Imperial War Museum @ Yasakuni, Tokyo, Japan.
     

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    facinating series of photos Sweb, thanks for posting!
     
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    Yep. That's the one and only surviving airworthy example. The pics I uploaded here show a Judy engine in one of the revetments. That was a license-built Jumo engine wasn't it? Thanks for posting those pics. This is the plane recovered from Yap some time before I got there.

    Thanks. If nothing else they show a great bit of detail for modelers. The orange color to some of them is the deteriorated brown primer.
     
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    Nice shots Sweb! Thanks for sharing mate:thumbleft:
     
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    What a beautiful airplane. Thanks for the photo Sweb.
     
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    Great pics! Hard to imagine they were just left lying there for nearly 40 years! Thanks for uploading!

    I'd love to see the restored Judy 'in the flesh' 8)
     
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    Yeah it is hard to imagine. Great stuff Sweb.
     
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    It's a real shame that they don't salvage those frames and parts, seeing as how WW2 Japanese aircraft (in any form) are pretty scare.

    Thanks for sharing those, Sweb!
     
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    Here is the PDF file attached to the forum for the convenience of those who want it from here.
     

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    Great photos... i want to go..

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    Great shots Sweb. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Interesting shots Sweb! Thank you for sharing.:thumbright::cool:
     
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    Wow! Amazing...thanks for sharing!
     
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    #16 Bian, Mar 3, 2017
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    Many years ago I spent a lot of time bumming around the Pacific. I spent time in the Philippines, on Yap, Peleliu, Palau, Ulithi, Guam and Saipan. Attached are pics of the Zeros Sweb took photos of by the old airfield. These were taken about 1977. There were three fairly intact Zeros there for years.

    Continental used to land 727's on the old Japanese airfield before they built the new airport. I landed there many times, a truly horrifying, white knuckle experience. I actually watched a 727 crash there in 1980 (I have photos of the crash, I'll try to find them). Amazingly, no one was killed. Google "727 crash on Yap" and there is a guy with a u tube video of the wreckage of the Continental plane still laying in the jungle.

    I also have photos of other war wrecks that I'll scan.
     

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    forgot the other pics
     

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    This was a Hellcat that we found in the jungle. Came down hard upside down, didn't find a body so I guess the guy got out.
     

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    Betty in the jungle Yap
     

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    KI-61 Hein wreckage Yap
     

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