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    In today's Daily Telegraph Europe World News

    USAAF bomber ,shot down in December 1944 returning to an Italian base.Found resting on the Adriatic seabed .

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/world-war-2/7916625/Second-World-War-US-bomber-missing-for-66-years-is-found-in-Adriatic-Sea.html

    There always can be hope while MIA WW2 aircraft are being found .

    Anne
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    Dear Anne
    Iím sure all on this forum share your hope for news of the recovery of your fatherís aircraft.
    Best wishes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorraine View Post
    Dear Anne
    Iím sure all on this forum share your hope for news of the recovery of your fatherís aircraft.
    Best wishes
    Lorraine
    Anne

    May I echo Lorraine's sentiments

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    Lorraine & Colin
    Thank you .

    I know WW2 aircraft & ship wrecks are being found in water & as usual these finds make me feel hopeful but also "queasy " or apprehensive. In some ways I'd rather not know where my father's plane [31 Sqdn. SAAF Liberator of 205 group RAF ] is IF remains had to be left in the sea but, on balance, I suppose it's best to know where for sure ??

    Retrieving human remains which have been in the sea or lake for 66 yrs must be almost impossible .If found in land I think they are better preserved ?

    I don't know how long it is since this USAAF plane find & the Telegraph report ?

    Anne
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    For Anne,

    I did a little investigations in this American B-24. The B-24 came from 461st BG , 765th BS, #42-51430 lost on 17. December 1944.

    Below some links you can explore:

    http://www.15thaf.org/49th_BW/461st_BG/Missions/December1944.htm#12-17-44

    http://www.15thaf.org/49th_BW/461st_BG/Aircraft/Losses/Losses.htm

    http://www.15thaf.org/49th_BW/461st_BG/Aircraft/Nose%20Art/765th%20Nose%20Art.htm#tulsamerican

    http://www.15thaf.org/49th_BW/461st_BG/History/765th%20History/PDFs/765%20December%201944.pdf

    Best regards

    Finn Buch

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    Finn
    Thanks for yours & the 461st website links, which I read. Looks like they were based at Cerignola, Foggia .

    My main interest is that a WW2 bomber wreck, a Liberator, has been found, in the sea & that it was based in Italy. .
    It seems that 3 crew were killed on impact & the rest escaped & were picked up .Therefore the rough position of the crash was known ?

    From this website but there are others on google
    http://xmb.stuffucanuse.com/xmb/viewthread.php?tid=6814

    "As we circled the second time, Ford saw we couldn't make it and ordered us to bail out, but before we could get out, the other two engines quit and he yelled 'ditch'.

    With the bomb bay doors open, gear down and no power we really hit the water hard and the plane sank immediately. Ford, Landry, and Priest were killed on impact, but the rest of us were picked up by a couple of Yugoslavian fishermen in a small boat and taken to a large building of some kind, where they striped us and wrapped us in blankets and poured down us what I think was Vodka.

    We were then moved to the small hospital on Vis. We were then flown to the hospital at Bari, Italy. Only one of the crewmembers was known to return to duty, the tail gunner S/Sgt Jim Hazel"

    Regards
    Anne
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    More photos of the plane on the sea bed here:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1298678/Chance-discovery-marks-end-cousins-27-year-search-WWII-bomber-shot-Adriatic-Sea.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    Simon

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