Archaehistoria

Japanese plane at Ataa Cove

Figure 1
It is recorded that a Japanese plane came down near Ataa, on Malaita’s North East coast. It must have been a multi-engine aircraft as there were four survivors who were captured by native policemen sent over from Auki. Research is on going to identify the incident historically. The most common multi-engine Japanese aircraft that went down in the Solomons was the ubiquitous Mitsubishi BETTY bomber, but other less likely contenders could be a MAVIS flying boat or the Japanese Army LILY bomber. An archaeological survey and investigation in the area could provide crucial clues to fully unlocking the historical heritage of site MALA9. [Excerpt from 1: 50,000 Map Series X715, Sheet 0816012, 2007].

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