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Wrecks & Recoveries Gallery

One of the key roles of the Museum, is the preservation Vanuatu’s World War II heritage through the discovery and preservation of relics and wrecks, still hidden away in the jungles of Vanuatu. Here you’ll find some of the work being done to preserve that heritage.

Lockheed P-38 Recovery

In a remarkable stroke of luck and a great deal of generosity, a local Santo land owner resisted the temptation to sell a Lockheed P-38 Lightning wreck to an overseas collector and very generously donated the aircraft to the South Pacific World War II Museum. The recovery efforts of the aircraft can be viewed here.

Boeing B-17 Wreck Site

Some wrecks have become synonymous with Santo. One of those is a B-17 bomber that crashed not far from Luganville. Too badly corroded to be restored or displayed, the wreck remains on the site where it crashed around 70 years ago.

Vought F4U Corsair Wreck Site

WWII wrecks are synonymous with Santo and this one, deep in the jungle is just one of the hundreds of sites all over Vanuatu. The wreck was uncovered by the team from Broken Wings, who were taken to the site by local Ni-Vanuatu guides from a local village.

Explore Santo Further

If you’d like to see where this gallery location fits into the bigger picture of life on Espiritu Santo during World War II, we’ve created an interactive map page. There you’ll find a Google Map of the south east corner of Santo with as many locations as possible marked out for you to explore. Clicking on the image will take you there.

With your assistance, we can create one of the world’s great museums.