Malaya Historical Group searches jungles for WWII aircraft

Malaya Historical Group, Channel NewsAsia 20120206

Keeping up with the World War II theme, a feature about a group of Malaysians who spend their time searching the jungles for aircraft wrecks from the war.

Malaya Historical Group, Channel NewsAsia 20120206
Malaya Historical Group, Channel NewsAsia 20120206

Malaysian jungle adventurers solve WWII mysteries
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 06 February 2012

They trek for days through crocodile-infested swamps and up rain-lashed mountain jungles, but the members of the Malaya Historical Group are not seeking treasure or ancient artefacts. Instead, they’re after rusty wreckage.

Over the past decade, the six amateur Malaysian military historians have helped locate the confirmed or suspected crash sites of 30 World War II aircraft – helping bring closure for the families of more than 40 missing British and American air crews.

Nearly 70 years after the end of the war, at least 100 British and American aircraft wrecks are believed scattered across the jungles of India, Thailand and Malaysia, along with the remains of their crews.

Full story here.

Author: Noel

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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