Another Dauntless found

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  1. Thorlifter

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    Maui dive operator finds intact wreckage of World War II Navy plane | X-Ray International Dive Magazine

    Both canopies were open, with the plane's gauges clearly visible on the console, and the back flaps are down. He said the only detached part was the top tail rudder, which he found resting on the sand not far away.
    Varney says he learned of the plane from a fisherman who complained fish were hiding under its wings. "A local fisherman happened to come into the shop and mention that he was trying to catch some fish under the wings of a plane. I'm like, 'What plane?'" Varney said.

    Varney said the plane is off the beaten path. That may explain why it's gone undiscovered.
    He said it appears the pilot and gunner got out safely.

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maritime archaeologist and historian Hans Van Tilburg said naval records indicate only six Dauntlesses were lost in waters near Maui. In June the wreckage of another Dauntless was pulled from Lake Michigan. Now this one has been found.

    The single-engine two-man bomber could reach speeds of 250 mph, carrying ammunition and a 1,000-pound payload. The United States had over 2,000 of them.

    The Navy is investigating how it got there so he has been ordered not to divulge its exact location.
     
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    Great find!
    Some pics of the wreckage would be nice!
     
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    Thanks for the post...

    an amazing aircraft...
     
  4. Thorlifter

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    You won't get pics for a while, Roman, since the navy is keeping it a secret right now. Hopefully they will get some if/when they salvage it.
     
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    Great find! Would be great to see some pictures of it.
     
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    Unfortunately, the US Navy always says, "It still belongs to me". Quite a few salvors have gone to court to get
    salvage rights on aircraft they have found. And, the Navy will insist it's a "burial site" and cannot be disturbed.

    Charles
     
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    i bet a months pay the pilot survived.

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    Very cool story, Thorlifter! I wonder how deep it is?
     
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    Maui? Salt water? Bird can't be in good condition.
     
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    I would love to pics of the wreck. The way it is described I too think the pilot survived. I think he ditched it in the water.
     
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    #11 diddyriddick, Jan 20, 2010
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    This is from B&B's website. It seems they normally run in the Molokini area. Based on the canopy, and the empty cockpit, the aircrew got out.

    Maui Underwater Photo Gallery
     
  12. Thorlifter

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    If that's it, that plane is gone. Just let it stay there....
     
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    Yea, that would be fun trying to raise.
     
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    Hopefully the Navy red tape can be cut away. Such a famous (and rare) aircraft needs to be saved!

    TO
     
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