Like a scene from a film set, the The B-17F Black Jack wreck lays undisturbed in 50m of water, just off the fringing reef from the remote village of Boga Boga on the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea.
Discovered in 1986 by Australians Rod Pearce, Bruce Johnson and David Pennefather during a dedicated expedition organized by Pennefather after being told by the villagers of Boga Boga that a plane had crashed near the reef during WWII.
They had no idea that the wreck was a huge B17 and believed the wreck was probably an Australian Beaufort A9 that had been reported crash landing in the area of Collingwood Bay.
The discovery of Black Jack is a great story in itself, but the subsequent one about how the original pilot Ralph De Loach was tracked down in Marina del Ray in California and then brought all the way back to Boga Boga village is an even better one!
Nuigini Blue magazine in Papua New Guinea recently published a six page article of mine on the Black Jack, which you can download by clicking on the link.