B17 bomber, "Black Jack"

Black Jack  ditched off Kakau and the Makau Mission near Boga Boga off Cape Vogel. During the ditching, three of the crew were injured. The worst injury was engineer Smith who had been seated between the two pilots and suffered a broken back. The entire crew escaped the aircraft, deployed their life rafts an were aided ashore by friendly villagers who gave them food and shelter in their village.


Black Jack is an enormous  B17 bomber, known also as a flying fortress. Captain Kenneth D. McCullar  nicknamed her "Black Jack" because the serial number ended in "21".   Discovered by wreck hunter Rod Pearce, she lies in 56 meters of water off a small village where she was downed on the 10th July 1943 - Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea




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