Scientists found off the coast of New Guinea aircraft during the second world war

© Photo : Project RecoverОстов bomber B-25 that crashed off the coast of New GuineaScientists found off the coast of New Guinea aircraft during the second world war© Photo : Project Recover

. Historians and oceanographers found on the coasts of New Guinea, the two sunken American bomber B-25 during world war II, and began to search for the remains of their crews, according to the University of California at San Diego.

«All these finds are being studied carefully and we treat them very carefully, honoring the memory of the dead. Today the fate of more than 73 thousand American servicemen during the Second world war remain unknown, and many families still waiting for word on the fate of their fallen relatives. We hope that our efforts will help us to honor the memory of fallen soldiers,» said Katie O’connell (Katy O’connell), head of the initiative Project Recover.

Archaeologists, historians, divers and other members of this project, says O’connell, for several years engaged in searching for the remains of soldiers during the second world war, killed during the naval and air fighting on different fronts and missing.

Within these searches, researchers can analyze the military archives and find all mentions of pilots and soldiers army, missing. Then the archaeologists are trying to find a place as their final resting place, using information about their past battles and combat missions and the data they get on the site from local residents. In total, according to project participants, they managed to find five aircraft that crashed over the Pacific, to identify them and share personal things and found the remains in the hands of relatives of dead soldiers.

Not all the participants of the blockade lived up to its completion – dozens of planes bombed positions of the court and the Japanese were shooting them down with antiaircraft guns and fighters. It tells O’connell, their remains resting on the bottom of the Arafura and Coral seas and the Torres Strait are often well known to locals and divers, but unknown to scientists.

This happened with another plane, found her team – it exists, the local tribes of the Papuans knew a long time ago, however, the remains of the bomber, no one paid any attention, except the visiting divers.

The remains of both aircraft has been thoroughly studied by scientists, and they have not yet managed to find the remains of six members of the crew of the first B-25, died with the aircraft, and one pilot of the second ship, the other five crew members who were captured by the Japanese.

Further excavations and conversations with local residents, as scientists hope, will help to locate their remains and send them to the living relatives of the fallen soldiers of world war II. In the near future these excavations will continue, and the team O’connell plans to find the remains of at least 20 other sunken aircraft of the allied forces.