On the afternoon of 26 July 2003, during a downpour in the tropical rain forest of Papua New Guinea, a previously undiscovered aircraft wreck from World War II was located. American Justin Taylan, a 25 year grandson of WWII Pacific veteran, studying war history made the discovery during a week long trek into a remote mountain area of the island, behind Port Moresby. The wreck contained human remains, and is confirmed to be a Japanese carrier based Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 11 Zero, Japan's primary fighter airplane during WWII. Thick jungle cover has preserved the wreckage, including the original specular gray exterior paint, and red 'rising sun' markings, or Hinomaru. Justin Taylan is creator of two websites on the topic of WWII wrecks, www.pacificwrecks.com and www.pacificghosts.com and has been associated with WWII wrecks of 10 years, and involved in history, returning relics and veteran oral history.
Read Article in Koku-Fan, by Justin Taylan about this discovery.