Save B-17E 'Swamp Ghost' sign now

The country of Papua New Guinea, an independent 3rd world Pacific nation was the site of intense battles during WWII sixty years ago. That legacy left the county with many war relics - including aircraft and wrecks from America, Japan and Australia inside the country's borders.

Since the war, these relics have been scrapped, sold or stolen by outsiders and wealthy collectors as trophies of the past. Often bribes are made with local villages and government officials, as high as the National Museum of PNG to broker these deals. This makes a small select few profit off these relics, and forever removes priceless historical treasures from inside this country, forever removing its cultural legacy, and these monuments of WWII that was so important and tragic for the people of PNG and important historically for the rest of the world. Today, few relics still remain, and those are now all the more important as tourist sites, and natural memorials to the past and the lives lost during WWII. Some even still contain bones and are considered MIA (Missing In Action) sites.

Today, a former American B-17E Flying Fortress bomber that crash landed in a swamp is one of the last remaining well intact WWII aircraft wrecks in that country. It is significant of the struggle that took thousands of Papuan, American, Australia, New Zealand and Japanese lives. This aircraft has been coveted by aircraft restoration groups, outside the mainstream of the museum system as a valuable relic. A restored B-17 today is "worth" millions of dollars to collectors.

Currently, groups are vying to recover this aircraft from where it has rested for over a half century, undisturbed. Plans for restoration, display or return of this priceless relic to the government, and people of Papua New Guinea after it is removed are vague at best, or include for the outright sale of this relic - for the profit of a small few, and the loss to an entire country.

This petition is NOT against the idea of aircraft restoration, but rather having private interests buy such a relic and have it exported to a private collection in the United States. The world has seen how developing countries have had their cultural legacies bought, stolen or sold by wealthy individuals and organizations that can exert power over their officials and people.

Please sign the below petition to show your support to the Papua New Guinea government AGAINST the removal of one of the last remaining WWII relics left undisturbed in the Pacific.

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Latest Signatures

  • 24 December 2015300. Morgan K
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015299. Ian H , Artist/photographer/writer/historian, latest work from Crete, Greece
  • 20 December 2015298. Clement I
    I support this petition
  • 13 December 2015297. Aj Martinj
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015296. John R
    I support this petition
  • 29 November 2015295. Robert S
    I support this petition
  • 23 November 2015294. Andrew J
    I sought out and saw many of these in the late 70s they are part of PNG and should stay there or be preserved in situ. I miss that beautiful country!!
  • 18 November 2015293. Bryce R
    Bring her home for fixin', get her in the air, she can visit PNG for special events perhaps. I know I'll never go all the way there just to see another B-17, no matter how old or rare she may be. Tourism dollars, yeah, right.This veteran bird is OWNED by
  • 30 October 2015292. Paul C
    Please save this aircraft!
  • 28 October 2015291. William Bc
    I support this petition
  • 28 October 2015290. Nathan Quinn
    I support this petition
  • 09 October 2015289. Evan J
  • 17 September 2015288. Charles W
    I support this petition
  • 11 September 2015287. Bill D
    U.S.N. HS-4 1961-1964
  • 18 August 2015286. Brandon B
    save the plane at all costs! return her to flying condition! restore her beauty!!!
  • 14 July 2015285. Larry T
    I support this petition
  • 01 July 2015284. Greg A
    Let the American salvager who has already paid many thousands of US Dollars to corrupt officials have the plane to bring back home and restore. After restoration it will most certainly be put on exhibition for all to enjoy. Up until now the Government of
  • 16 June 2015283. David M
    I support this petition
  • 10 June 2015282. Michael L
    bring it back to the USA for restoration
  • 16 May 2015281. Kenn B
    I support this petition
  • 06 May 2015280. Chris B
    I support this petition
  • 10 April 2015279. Drew M
    i know where merlins are buried x two
  • 07 April 2015278. Helen G
    I support this petition
  • 31 March 2015277. Abraham Fredericks
    I support this petition
  • 08 February 2015276. Mike J
    I support this petition
  • 29 January 2015275. Tom Patton
    If you think it should be left to rot you must have mental problems. THIS IS ONE OF A KIND! SAVE IT! FOR god sakes dont leave it out there to turn into dirt!
  • 25 January 2015274. Bill B
    keep it there!

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Government of Papua New Guinea


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