Micky Massar

October 9 2014

We are grateful to Micky Massar who forwarded this copy from the Shillong Times

Search on for three WWII aircraft in Manipur Lake

Kolkata: A group of researchers have identified sites in Manipur’s Loktak lake where two Japanese fighter aircrafts and a British bomber had sunk in 1944 during World War II.

After getting official records of the fate of the aircraft from the Burma Campaign Society based in London, members of the “2nd WW Imphal Campaign Foundation” are now trying to retrieve pieces of history buried underwaters.

“We have collated all data from various WWII associations of UK with inputs from local people and eye-witness accounts. We have found three sites where wreckages of these three aircrafts are buried,” the foundation’s co-founder, Yumnam Rajeshwor Singh, told PTI from Imphal. On June 17, 1944, two Japanese fighter aircraft, known as Oscar, were shot down by British forces after which they fell into LoktakLake.

On the same day, British bomber Wellington had also crashed into the waterbody spread across 286 sq km area across the three valley districts of Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur.

Armed with GPS devices and underwater equipment, Singh said a team of 50 volunteers, led by seven researchers, are scanning the bed of the Loktak lake to locate wreckages.

“After the crash people had sold parts of the aircraft as aluminium scrap. But the engines which were as heavy as 600 kg could not be lifted out of the lake and is still lying underneath. We have got the information from few survivors of that period,” he said.

The tails, wings and back sections of the aircraft were dismantled and sold off as scrap metal, but the heavier portions like engine and cockpit were left behind, the amateur war researcher said. Once the wreckage was fished out, it would be put up for public display at the WWII museum in Imphal where many war relics, excavated from battle sites, are kept.

He hoped that the retrieved pieces of the lost era would help them understand history with a better perspective. Six crew-members of the British bomber aircraft Wellington whose bodies were found floating on LoktakLake were buried at the ImphalWarCemetery.

The twin Second World War clashes in Imphal and Kohima taken together have been named as the greatest-ever battle involving British forces by a public poll run by the National Army Museum in England recently.

The battles had witnessed a do-or-die fights between the British-led allies and the Japanese forces. The Allied forces successful in stopping the Japanese invasion. (PTI)



April 12 2013


For those who have been to WB and Calcutta

We are indebted to Micky Massar who has sent us these photos of West Bengal Today
and will provide interesting memories for some of us who have not been there for many years 
Everything looks so clean and tidy--wonderful change for Editor's memory. (No
disrespect intended)