Searching for sunken Warbirds.
The majority of carrier qualifications during WW II occurred on the decks of Sable and Wolverine, and a large number of landing signal officers and flight deck crew learned their trades in the two ships. Losses due to accidents were expected during this demanding training. Between 1942 and 1945, there were 122 aircraft losses and more than 200 separate flight deck accidents. Although the majority of these incidents resulted in only minor injuries, eight Naval Aviators lost their lives. Approximately 120,000 successful landings took place, and an estimated 17,000 Naval Aviators were qualified.
The Naval Historical Center's Underwater Archaeology Branch has management responsibility for the Navy's historic ship and aircraft wrecks. The aircraft lost in Lake Michigan have long been of interest, and this survey was the Center's first opportunity to search for the wrecks. Information obtained will help in the development of a management plan for all underwater wrecks in Lake Michigan. For more information, visit www.noaa.gov or www.history.navy.mil.
By National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Public Affairs
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|Title Annotation:||WW II aircraft|
|Publication:||Naval Aviation News|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Sep 1, 2004|
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