Remains of WWII Dutch navy personnel found in Lamongan

via Jakarta Post, 02 March 2018:

A team from the Lamongan administration has excavated a grave, reported to be the burial site of three Dutch navy personnel killed in a World War II battle in the Java Sea, in Brondong subdistrict last week.

Source: Remains of WWII Dutch navy personnel found in Lamongan

Lost bones, a mass grave and war wrecks plundered off Indonesia

Via The Guardian, 28 Feb 2018: Following on the trail of the looted war grave shipwrecks from Indonesian waters and the disposal of the bones. :/

Indonesian scrap metal workers tell of finding and discarding body parts after second world war battleships were wrenched from sea bed

Source: Lost bones, a mass grave and war wrecks plundered off Indonesia

Bodies of second world war sailors in Java sea ‘dumped in mass grave’

via the Guardian, 22 January 2018:

The Royal Navy heavy cruiser HMS Exeter sank after the Battle of the Java Sea in 1942. Photograph: US Navy Naval History and Heritage Command
The Royal Navy heavy cruiser HMS Exeter sank after the Battle of the Java Sea in 1942. Photograph: US Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

Illegal metal scavengers accused of disposing of remains from British and Dutch warships

Source: Bodies of second world war sailors in Java sea ‘dumped in mass grave’

Bodies of second world war sailors in Java sea ‘dumped in mass grave’

via The Guradian, 22 January 2018: The illegal salvage operations in Indonesian waters take a more sombre tone as reports emerge that human remains are being unceremoniously dumped. The second link below is worth taking a look at; it is a more in-depth investigation at the racket and the ships (mostly Chinese and Indonesian) involved.

Illegal metal scavengers accused of disposing of remains from British and Dutch warships

Source: Bodies of second world war sailors in Java sea ‘dumped in mass grave’

See also:

Ghost ships: why are World War II naval wrecks vanishing in Indonesia?

Natali Pearson discusses the recent cases of underwater looting of World War II shipwrecks in Indonesia

Sunken World War II warships, the final resting place for thousands of sailors, have been disappearing in Indonesia. But so far there’s been little action taken to ensure their protection.

Source: Ghost ships: why are World War II naval wrecks vanishing in Indonesia?

In search for QZ8501, shipwrecks are also found

Even as the black box has just been recovered, the search efforts to find the wreckage of QZ8501 has been hampered by the large numbers of shipwrecks in the Java Sea, resulting in many false positives.

QZ8501: Search area graveyard for WWII naval war
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 02 January 2015
Continue reading “In search for QZ8501, shipwrecks are also found”

US shipwreck identified in the Java Sea

The US navy confirms the identity of the USS Houston at the bottom of the Java Sea, sunk during World War II.

USS Houston. Source: US Navy, via BBC 20140819
USS Houston. Source: US Navy, via BBC 20140819

US Navy: USS Houston wreck found in Java Sea
BBC News, 19 August 2014
Continue reading “US shipwreck identified in the Java Sea”

Shipwreck reported in the Java Sea

The wreck of Flor de la Mar, a Portuguese ship thought to contain gold from the sack of Malacca in the 16th century, has reportedly been found off the coast of Semarang in Indonesia. Malaysia has already put a tentative claim on the proceeds from the wreck.

Sunken Portuguese galleon sighted in Java Sea
The Star, 07 April 2014
Continue reading “Shipwreck reported in the Java Sea”