WWII Bomber Recovered

A World War II bomber has recently been recovered from Lake Michigan.  It is thought that the Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber was supposed to have landed on either the U.S.S. Wolverine or the U.S.S. Sable after departing from the Glenview Naval Air Base for a test flight, but crashed in Lake Michigan in the 1940s during qualification training instead.  Over 17,000 pilots completed qualification training during this period—among them former President George H.W. Bush.  This restoration project is undertaken as part of an effort to recover and preserve lost Navy aircraft from World War II.  Once restoration occurs (expected to take approximately 3 years), the plane will become an exhibit at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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