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|Subject: Re: Canuck politics (F-35)||Date: 12/13/2012 1:38 PM|
|Author: steve203||Number: 411210 of 508688|
They found a whole bunch of unused ones that were buried in Burma (by the US Army) at the end of WWII.
In 45 they were just obsolete old planes, not worth the expense of shipping back to England.
Some years ago, several Grumman TBFs were found on the bottom off the coast of Florida. At first, it was thought these were the "lost flight" that has contributed to the Bermuda Triangle lore, but the serial numbers did not match. The most likely source was eventually put down to the planes simply being dumped overboard at the end of the war.
In 1991, the wreckage of five Avengers was discovered off the coast of Florida, but engine serial numbers revealed they were not Flight 19. They had crashed on five different days all within 1.5 mi (2.4 km) of each other. Records revealed that the various discovered aircraft, including the group of five, were declared either unfit for maintenance/repair or obsolete, and were simply disposed of at sea.
After VE Day, my dad was at an airfield and watched as US bombers were lined up, and a crane went down the line dropping a wrecking ball on them.
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