P-MAN XII Progress
Report #15 - More metal in the jungle. Lots more.
To make a small story shorter, we went back to the suspected Corsair crash site just southwest of Ngatpang Bay (Ngeremedoo Bay), and expanded the debris field from 4 pieces to over 60 pieces. And pieces they were, not parts. This thing was salvaged long ago. The reason we are scouring the pieces is that the pilot is still MIA. Maybe if we can positively identify this particular airplane, we can make a case to scour the ground for a grave.
As is the team's custom when we find a site that has a high probability of being associated with an MIA, the team held a flag ceremony right there in the middle of the debris field — with both the Palauan and American flags. We'll hang onto the flags used in the ceremony at this site, and if we can positively identify the aircraft and confirm that it's the one we've been researching and seeking, and if the rules ultimately allow us to make contact with the pilot's family, we'll give the flags to them.
Flip's time [he's been the author of this year's field reports to date] is drawing to a close. He leaves Monday morning (8 March) at 0235. This is the part of the trip we all hate. The rest of the team is staying until the 12th. So they will certainly get a day or two more on this new site and see if they can find a part that tells us what we need to know.
We took Josie Minon out to dinner. After 20 years of service with Neco Marine, she's retiring and heading home to the Philippines. We will miss seeing her next year when we come back. She has helped BentProp in countless ways over the years.
Not much to say tonight — how about a few pictures from today: