On May 8, 1942 one A6M2 Zero piloted by PO2c Okura Shigeru from the 14th Shotai from the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku ditched at Deboyne islands..Japanese A6M2 Zero, the main fighter plane of the Imperial Japanese Navy,this Japanese fighter plane, once a master of the air in the South Pacific arena, now lies on the sandy bottom.  This is an example of the very last zero model ever manufactured.  Virtually intact, divers can sit in the cockpit and pilot themselves back into the past. .The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km  between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south. The aggregate land area of the islands is about 1,790 kmu178  (690 square miles), with Vanatinai (formerly Sudest or Tagula as named by European claimants on Western maps) being the largest..Sideia Island and Basilaki Island lie closest to New Guinea, while Misima, Vanatinai, and Rossel islands lie further east..The archipelago is divided into the Local Level Government (LLG) areas Louisiade Rural (western part, with Misima), and Yaleyamba (western part, with Rossell and Tagula islands. The LLG areas are part of Samarai-Murua District district of Milne Bay. The seat of the Louisiade Rural LLG is Bwagaoia on Misima Island, the population center of the archipelago. .The Louisiade Archipalego is part of the Milne Bay province of Papua New Guinea..It lies between approximately 10 degrees south and 11.5 degrees south, and 151 degrees east and 154 degrees east. It is an area of Islands, reefs and cays some 200 nm long and 50 nm wide, stretching from the south east tip of mainland Papua New Guinea in a east south east direction..Customs and coast guard seized a converted Japanese research vessel, the 'Tateyama Maru', which took up station as a mother ship with two pilot launc

On May 8, 1942 one A6M2 Zero piloted by PO2c Okura Shigeru from the 14th Shotai from the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku ditched at Deboyne islands..Japanese A6M2 Zero, the main fighter plane of the Imperial Japanese Navy,this Japanese fighter plane, once a master of the air in the South Pacific arena, now lies on the sandy bottom. This is an example of the very last zero model ever manufactured. Virtually intact, divers can sit in the cockpit and pilot themselves back into the past. .The...
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