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Navy fishes for sunken warplanes


His line is a data cable, his tackle a torpedo-shaped sonar device and his trawler an inflatable Navy boat used to detect mines.

His catch, Chief Petty Officer Carl Myers hopes, will be several World War II planes lost in the southern lobe of Lake Michigan during carrier training exercises that readied more than 17,000 Navy pilots for combat.

As the nation takes a day off Monday in honor of lost servicemen, Myers and seven colleagues from a naval ordnance disposal unit plan to be trolling for some of the Wildcats, Hellcats, Dauntlesses and Avengers resting on the lake bottom.

Their weeklong mini-expedition will be the Navy's first attempt to do its own survey of the underwater cemetery of historic planes that crashed between 1942 and 1945.   more...


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