PALAU, AMERICAN AIRCRAFT (and related) SITES

REFERENCES:

  • Field work (1993-2004)
  • Archived After Action Reports
  • IDPFs and Multiple Reports by Patrick J. Scannon filed with US Navy Historical Center
  • Air Force Historical research Agency
  • Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (PMAN Reports and Miscellaneous Summaries)
  • Dan E. Bailey: World War II Wrecks of Palau (WWIIW). GPS coordinates not included at request of US and Palauan agencies.

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U. S. MARINE CORPS LOSSES
  Aircraft Type
A/C ID Number
NAME: Rank, LAST, First MI Status Unit Location
Links to More Information (Note 1) Comments
1
Corsair FG-1A BuNo 14241 1LT WALLACE, Kenneth A. G. O-021053 (USMCR)/KIA, BR VMF-114 South Ngaremlengui on Jungle Hillside P-MAN I Corsair impacted into side of hill
2
Corsair F4U-1D BuNo 57807 2LT MISLEY, James R O-031535 (USMCR)/KIA, BR VMF-122 Ngatpang Jungle P-MAN IV Corsair shot down and impacted on hill
3 Corsair F4U-1D
    MIA, BNR - under JPAC Investigation   Ngatpang Jungle hillside

Found on
P-MAN II, Identified on
P-MAN III, visited by
JPAC 2004

Most of the aircraft debris within 30 meter radius
4 Corsair FG-1A
BuNo 14257 2LT BROWN, Walter F USMCR - Survived and Recovered (!) VMF-121 Koror - North Mangroves Pat Scannon, 1994 and
P-MAN V
Linear debris field approximately 50 meters long
5 Corsair
Unknown UNKNOWN Unknown but Believed Survived and Recovered Possibly VMF-122 On Barrier Reef West of Ngaremlengui P-MAN II (seen earlier by Dan Bailey) and P-MAN IV Aircraft missing aft of cockpit
6 Unknown (Corsair?)
Unknown UNKNOWN Unknown Possibly VMF-114 On Coral Head, West of Ngatpang P-MAN and P-MAN IV Debris located within 30 meter radius- Aviator status unknown
7 Avenger TBM-1C
BuNo 45966 Lt Clark and crew Crew walked out of swamp after crashing on takeoff VMTB-134 Peleliu, Mangroves, North of N/S Runway P-MAN I Aircraft Intact: may have LIVE DEPTH CHARGES on board
8 Corsair Unknown
UNKNOWN Unknown Unknown Angaur - NW End of N/S Runway (see also B24/C47 under USAAF) Pat Scannon and Dan Bailey, 1994 (known earlier) Aircraft Intact (at time in FEB94)
9
USMC Avenger TBM-1C BuNo 45946

MAJ SCULLIN, Harry

SGT SMITH, Bertrand

CPL MULLER, Matt

0-8056/MIA,
BNR
 

808-180/MIA,
BNR
 

N/A/ KIA, BR

VMTB-134 South of Ngergong P-MAN III,
P-MAN IV
L Main Landing Gear, Wing Section and two small debris fields
10 Corsairs Boneyard
N/A N/A N/A Unknown Peleliu - Near NS Peleliu Runway Known Prior to 2002
(P-MAN IV)
Multiple Corsair Parts (See also Hellcat Wing)
11 Corsair FG-1D
BuNo 76471 MAJ NELSON Quintus B O-7968, MIA, BNR - JPAC investigation 2004 VMF-122 In Malakal Harbor P-MAN V (part seen earlier by Dan Bailey),
P-MAN VI, JPAC Investigation 2004
Large Debris Field over 50 meter radius - impacted into coral reef
12 FM-2 Wildcat Unknown Unknown Unknown - under BentProp Investigation Unknown
East Babeldaob P-MAN VI Wing, Fuselage and Engine Debris Fields
13 Unknown (?single engine?) Unknown
Unknown Unknown - under BentProp Investigation Unknown Mangroves SE Babeldaob P-MAN VI Non-specific Debris Field amid Japanese Mine Field
14 Unknown (fighter) Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Koror, National Museum P-MAN V (present at museum for years)
Hamilton-Standard Propeller, Dimensions Consistent with Fighter
15 N/A
N/A N/A N/A Unknown Peleliu P-MAN V Napalm cannister debris

 
U. S. NAVY LOSSES
  Aircraft Type
A/C ID Number
NAME: Rank, LAST, First MI Status Unit Location
Links to More Information (Note 1) Comments
16
Avenger, TBM-1C     One body recovered, two MIA, BNR - under JPAC Investigation   Peleliu

PMAN-V,
PMAN-VI,
JPAC Investigation 2004

Debris field over ~ 1km x 0.5km
[Site may represent 2 Avengers - under BentProp Investigation]
17
Avenger, TBF-1C BuNo 25215 LT(jg) JENKINS, Jarrell S MIA, BNR USS Cabot North Side of Stoney Island (West of Ngerutabel) 1980's, Pat and Susan Scannon, 1993 and
PMAN-IV
Avenger on side of Rock Island and under 25 feet of water below island
18
PBM - Mariner N/A N/A Crew Survived and Recovered Unknown Kossol Passage Sam"s Tours Dive Shop Intact under 60 feet of water
19 Avenger
Unknown UNKNOWN Unknown - under BentProp Investigation Unknown South of Ngargol Under Water P-MAN V
and VI
Split Flap
20 Hellcat, F6F
Unknown UNKNOWN Unknown Unknown Peleliu, Next to Corsair Boneyard P-MAN IV (known earlier) Intact Port Wing - Also UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE throughout field
21 Avenger, TBM-1C
Unknown UKNOWN Unknown Unknown Near Arakabesan-Koror Causeway Susan Scannon, 1993 Avenger Landing Gear and other debris
22 Unknown Unknown UNKNOWN
Unknown Unknown Midwest Ngeruktabel P-MAN II (?US) Fuel Drop Tank
30 Avenger, TBF or TBM Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Southwest Aimeliik P-MAN VII, 2005 Nearly intact right wing, deep in mangroves
 
U. S. ARMY AIR FORCE LOSSES
  Aircraft Type
A/C ID Number
NAME: Rank, LAST, First MI Status Unit Location
Links to More Information (Note 1) Comments
23
B-24J 44-40603

CPT DIXON, William G

 

2LT WILSON, Arthur D

1LT DUNCAN, Paul K

CPT TENTON, Max C

1LT SARLES, John E

TSGT FEENEY, George M

SSGT FARNAM, Herbert L

TSGT ELLIOTT, Donald W

SSGT
MANSELL, Robert J

SSGT HOLT,
Roger W

SSGT BIGGERSTAFF, Clifford

O-406718
KIA/BR
(ENTIRE
CREW):

O-687504
 

O-685560
 

O-662313
 

O-432683
 

34425385
 

16161806
 

17042750
 

15076710
 
  

11507788
 

34386040

372BS
307th BG(H)
13th AAF
Several Locations off and within North and South Koror Pat and Susan Scannon, 1993

Separate debris fields for:

- Wing/Flap
- Propeller Blade
- Bomb Bay Fuel Rack
- Fuselage
- Starboard Wing

24 B-24M
44-42058

2LT CUSTER,
Glen R
 
 

2LT BROWN, Irving R

2LT KAUFMAN,
Wallace F
 
 
 

2LT GIESE, Norbert J

TSGT TENNEY, James R

SGT GRIMES, Richard E

CPL WILSON, Victor B

CPL TOPP, Irving (NMI)

CPL SHILLENN, Robert N

CPL
RYNKIEWICZ,
Albin D

SGT BENNETT, Floyd C

O-2058730
KIA/BR -
(ENTIRE
CREW)

O-778710
 

O-931082 -
executed
~24MAY45
by IJA, BR
separate

O-929814
 

32677148
 

32974352
 

13195222
 

12177268
 

33576063
 

4205866
 
 

14185619

867BS
/494thBG(H)
/7thAAF

Mangroves off South Koror and Nearby Rock Island Pat Scannon, 1994 and P-MAN IV

Separate debris fields for Fuselage,
Port Wing. and Propeller

25

Unknown

Unknown UNKNOWN Unknown Unknown Coral Head 1 West of Babeldaob Pat and Susan Scannon, 1994 and
P-MAN IV
Lone Hamilton-Standard propeller in shallow water on top of a coral head. Estimated Dimensions most consistent with a B-24. May be significant that it is fairly close to site # 27 below
26 Possible B-24
Unknown UNKNOWN Unknown Unknown Rock Island, Northside of Toachel Mid P-MAN IV This represents the recollection of a Palauan elder - included for historical interest. Nothing at this spot now, but the elder reported seeing a body in a flight suit here, at about the time the following B24 (site #27) was shot down
27 B-24J
 


Under JPAC Investigation

  Coral Head 2 West Of Babeldaob P-MAN VI Rear fuselage found separated from nose and starboard wing, on coral head in 70 feet water.
28 Unknown
Unknown UNKNOWN Unknown Unknown Ulong Island, Southside P-MAN IV Fuel tank, Source unknown, with bullet holes in side
29 B24/C46 orC47
Unknown UNKNOWN Unknown Unknown Angaur, NW end of NS Runway (see also USMC Corsair) Pat Scannon and Dan Bailey, 1994 (known earlier) Boneyard on NW end of runway (probably operational losses)

 NOTE 1: P-MAN Team Members (P-MAN = Palau - Marine, Army Air Force, Navy)

P-MAN I
1999
P-MAN II
2000
P-MAN III
2001
P-MAN IV
2002
P-MAN V
2003
P-MAN VI
2004
P-MAN VII
2005

Pat Scannon

Joe
 Maldangesang

Chip Lambert

Pam Lambert

Dan Bailey

Pat Scannon

Joe
 Maldangesang

Chip Lambert

Pam Lambert

Reid Joyce

Greg Kovacs

Pat Scannon

Joe
 Maldangesang

Jennifer
  Powers

Clem Major

Pat Scannon

Joe
 Maldangesang

Flip Colmer

Val Thal

Dan O'Brien

Clem Major

Jim & Neel
Nelson (Guests)

Bill and Mary Alice Cantrell (Guests)

Pat Scannon

Joe
 Maldangesang

Flip Colmer

Val Thal

Dan O'Brien

Jennifer
  Powers

Clem Major

Pat Scannon

Joe
 Maldangesang

Reid Joyce

Flip Colmer

Jennifer
  Powers

Dan O'Brien

Peter Galli

Pat Scannon

Joe
 Maldangesang

Reid Joyce

Flip Colmer

Mark Noah

Mike Olds

Chip Lambert

Pam Lambert

NOTE 2: BLACKED OUT AREAS DUE TO ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS