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Ric Gillespie

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Research Needed - Venturas near Howland?
« on: March 12, 2017, 09:29:00 AM »

We are confident that the current Nauticos "Eustace Earhart Discovery Expedition" will not find NR16020, but there may be other twin-engine, twin-tailed Lockheeds on the ocean bottom in the general Howland vicinity that could fool them into thinking they have. In September 1943, as part of the run-up to Operation Galvanic (the invasion of Tarawa), an Army Air force engineer battalion began construction of an airfield on Baker Island to act as a staging area for bombing raids on Tarawa by B-24s based on Canton Island.  "Air cover for the Baker occupation was furnished by Navy Venturas from Canton Island..." (The Army Air Force in World War II, edited by Graves & Gate).
What more can we learn about Venturas operating in the Howland area?
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Albert Durrell

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Re: Research Needed - Venturas near Howland?
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2017, 01:07:49 PM »

http://ww2db.com/aircraft_spec.php?aircraft_model_id=345

History in WW II, but no mention of aircraft lost.
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Albert Durrell

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Re: Research Needed - Venturas near Howland?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2017, 01:13:40 PM »

http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/pv-1/

Listing of wrecks in Pacific.
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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Research Needed - Venturas near Howland?
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2017, 02:02:24 PM »

I have tried to keep tabs on "Aircraft lost in the vicinity of Niku."

It grew out of a list you posted on the Forum back in 2001, Ric.

Augmented with footnotes and links to sources.

I presume some of the sources would have info about wrecks in the proposed search area.
LTM,

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« Last Edit: March 12, 2017, 02:03:57 PM by Martin X. Moleski, SJ »
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Research Needed - Venturas near Howland?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2017, 04:36:04 PM »

Thank you gentlemen.  So far it looks like no known Ventura losses anywhere near Howland.
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