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Wreckage of WW II American aircraft found in Tripura.

Wreckage of American aircraftAgartala:  Sixty-five years after it crashed, the wreckage of an American plane used during the World War II has been found in a far-off hamlet in Tripura.

The aircraft, which crashed on May 17, 1946 with 11 crewmembers on board due to intense storm, was known to be carrying remnants of allied Prisoners of War from Rangoon to Calcutta.

Personnel of the 34 battalion of the Assam Rifles have found the wreckage of the C-47B aircraft on Dec 16 at Birmanipara, a remote hamlet in Dhalai district, an Assam Rifles statement said.

According to the reports, the 34 Assam Rifles personnel launched a series of hunt operations from Sept to Dec 2011 in the intense forests in three hill ridges.

During World War II, the allies had lost hundreds of aircrafts in the China-Burma-India theatre of operation mostly due to unfriendly weather, mechanical failure or navigational errors.

The American Joint Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Accounting Command had recognized 16 sites in the North Eastern region where these aircraft had crashed. Prior, wreckages of several WW-II US planes were found in Arunachal Pradesh.


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