Treasure hunt - WW2 millions in diamonds lost in beach at Broome, WA. Never recovered.July 24 2009 at 6:37 AM
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PK-AFV, also known as Pelikaan and previously registered as PH-ALP, was a Douglas DC-3 twin-propeller-engined airliner, operated by KLM and an Asian subsidiary, KNILM from 1937 to 1942. The aircraft is often, erroneously, referred to as a Dakota or C-47, which were names given to military variants of the DC-3.
On March 3, 1942, while on a flight from Bandung, in the Dutch East Indies (today's Indonesia), to Broome, Australia, PK-AFV was attacked by Japanese fighter planes; it was crash-landed on a beach near Broome. Four passengers died of bullet wounds or as a result of the crash. The cargo included diamonds worth an estimated A£150,000-300,000 (now an approximate A$20-40 million). The majority of these diamonds were lost or stolen following the crash. Their fate remains an officially unsolved mystery.
The plane was manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company, and first flew on August 1937. It was delivered to KLM on August 25, was initially registered as PH-ALP, and was based in the Netherlands. On May 10, 1940, as it was on route to Asia, Nazi forces invaded the Netherlands. The plane was transferred to KLM's Dutch East Indies subsidiary, Royal Netherlands Indies Airways (KNILM) and was re-registered as PK-AFV.
On March 3, 1942, the pilot of PK-AFV was a Russian World War I ace, Ivan Smirnov (or Smirnoff). He, with another two crew members, were transporting nine refugees, fleeing the Japanese invasion of Java.
A package containing the diamonds, which belonged to a Bandung firm named NV de Concurrent, was handed to Smirnov on the morning of March 3 by a KLM staffer at Bandung airport. Smirnov was instructed to hand it to a representative of the Commonwealth Bank once he reached Australia. He was reportedly unaware of its contents.
At about 10.30am, as the Dakota neared Broome, skirting the Kimberley coast, three Mitsubishi Zeroes led by the Japanese ace Lt Zenjiro Miyano were returning to their base in Timor, following the first air raid on Broome. Smirnov was following the coastline towards Broome. The Japanese pilots, who were at a higher altitude than the DC-3, dived at it and fired at its port side. Smirnov was wounded in his arms and hip, but managed to put his plane into a steep spiral dive. With the port engine on fire, and fearing that a wheels-down landing on soft sand would cause the plane to roll or flip over, Smirnov opted for a beach crash-landing, terminating in the shallow surf. He achieved this at Carnot Bay, 80 km (50 mi) north of Broome.
The Zeroes then strafed the Dakota. Four passengers, including a baby, were killed outright or were seriously injured by bullets. Smirnov reported that he dropped the package of diamonds in the surf. The following day, as the survivors awaited a rescue party, a Japanese Kawanishi H6K flying boat spotted the wreck and dropped two bombs near them. The Kawanishi later returned and dropped another two bombs. None of the bombs caused any damage or injuries.
A Broome mariner named Jack Palmer, who was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the crash, later handed in over £20,000 worth of diamonds. In May 1943, Palmer and two associates, James Mulgrue and Frank Robinson, were tried and acquitted for theft of the diamonds, in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in Perth. No other person has been tried for the loss of the diamonds.
Re: Treasure hunt - WW2 millions in diamonds lost in beach at Broome, WA. Never recovered.
|July 24 2009, 9:05 AM |
The NA have raised $50 million to fund a discovery expedition to recover the lost diamonds. It is a carbon credit REDD scheme.
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|July 24 2009, 11:36 PM |
The Aussies seem to have caught the PNG made "treasure hunt" fever. They look for caches of gold and diamonds in PNG all the time. hehehehe.....
PNG is so advanced the searchers even hire the services of wichi-wichi 'Samarai meris" or 'Samarai man"
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