Pacific yields plane wrecks galore

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Brandi Mueller, a Coastguard officer from Wisconsin, USA, has located the remains of around 150 WWII aircraft lying off the Marshall Islands, in the North Pacific, while diving near Roi-Namur. The planes were shipped to the Marshall Islands during the push by the US military from early 1944 to establish a presence on islands that would allow direct strikes on Japan. They were dumped at the end of the war as surplus to requirements, rather than being transported back to the USA.

Classes of aircraft lying on the seafloor include the Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber, TBF/TBM Avenger, Helldiver, B-25 Mitchell, Curtiss C-46 Commando,  F4F Wildcat and F4U Corsair.

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