Commemorating the crew of the RAAF Bristol Beaufort A9-317, lost on September 9, 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and documentation by Pamela Harrison has previously featured a story on The WW2 “flying coffin” that never returned: The search for the lost Beaufort  Mrs. Pamela Harrison has dedicated her time and efforts to help locate the doomed aircraft and the final resting place of its crew members. On September 9, 2020, 77 […]

Mitsubishi F1M “Pete” and Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” by Andrew Hamilton

By Pierre Kosmidis The Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea  PHOTO: Andrew Hamilton Australian underwater photographer Andrew Hamilton recently shot images of theMitsubishi F1M “Pete” and Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” aircraft wrecks in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea. Kavieng peninsula and airstrip  The Mitsubishi F1M “Pete”in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea  PHOTO: Andrew Hamilton Andrew Hamilton plans to visit […]

“Pete” the Japanese nearly intact reconnaissance floatplane of Rabaul

By Pierre Kosmidis The Mitsubishi F1M (Allied reporting name “Pete”) was a Japanese reconnaissance floatplane of World War II. It was the last biplane type of the Imperial Japanese Navy, with 1,118 built between 1936 and 1944. The Navy designation was “Type Zero Observation Seaplane” (零式水上観測機), not to be confused with the Type Zero Carrier […]

Yosegaki Hinomaru 日の丸寄せ書き: Returning the flags of their fathers

By Pierre Kosmidis The nation of Japan experienced nearly 2,000,000 lost soldiers during the war for the Pacific. Of these, approximately 1,140,000 are still Missing In Action. That is, they were killed but no trace of their bodies was ever recovered. The Good Luck Flag, known as hinomaru yosegaki (日の丸寄せ書き) in the Japanese language, was […]

The WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Lagoon by Dan Farnham PART 2 – Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita, the only man who has bombed the continental US and the story of the E14Y1 floatplanes found in a shipwreck

By Pierre Kosmidis Text, photos and additional information by Dan Farnhham, used by permission   ADDITIONAL RESOURCES The WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Lagoon by Dan Farnham PART 1 – Exploring aircraft wrecks   Locating and identifying WW2 aircraft wrecks: The Kwajalein Missing in Action (MIA) Project    An E14Y1 submarine-launched seaplane, code named “Glen” […]