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Recovered Naval Aircraft

Discussion in 'Allied Bomber Planes' started by mon, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. mon

    mon New Member

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    Where can I get information as to whether or not a Naval aircraft was recovered after ditching and sinking in shallow water off Boca Chica NAS, Florida on September 8, 1944?
     
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    Locheed PV-1 Ventura BuNo 33425? She's probably still down there.

    You could probably start by contacting local dive shops, as they would know what is on the bottom to be explored.
     
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    You may wish to remember that this plane, and goodness knows how many others littering the ocean bottom, remains the property of the US Navy.
     
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    And we have seamen standing watch on them.
     
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    My uncle, Johnnie Antley ARM 3c, was on board the plane. They were practicing night take-offs and landings out of Boca Chica NAS around 1 AM, when the plane unexpectedly struck the water after take-off All three occupants exited the plane but did not have on and PFD's. Uncle Johnnie was a poor swimmer and drowned almost immediately. I had the priviledge of talking to the pilot. Frank Koehler, jr. of Portland, OR. several years ago. I have always wondered about the plane as it was only about 1/4 mile offshore.
    Thanks for the responses.
     

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