Why Does the Navy’s Underwater Archeology Branch NOT Wish to Have Historic WW II Aircraft Recovered?

By: shortfinals

Aug 04 2019

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This vital post from ‘Travel For Aircraft’ needs to be read – and acted on – by all those involved in aircraft preservation! Well done A & T Recovery and Joe, too!

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Why Does the Navy’s Underwater Archeology Branch NOT Wish to Have Historic WW II Aircraft Recovered?

In reading Taras Lyssenko’s book—The Great Navy Birds of Lake Michigan: The True Story of the Privateers of Lake Michigan and they Aircraft the RescuedI became aware of the first rate underwater recovery work saving historic WW II vintage US Navy aircraft from the cold depths of Lake Michigan.

Why the Navy?

And why this lake?

Training and logistics.

During the war the U.S. Navy was training aviators for their initial carrier operations on the lake and many were lost due to ditching, mishaps and the like. Of these aircraft, more than a few are historic simply since they had been cycled back to the States for repair and reassigned to training units with more modern replacements going to replenish the combat unit losses. Over 70 Avengers, Wildcats and more lie…

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