WWII BOMBER RAISED FROM LAKE MICHIGAN TO BE RESTORED

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WWII BOMBER RAISED FROM LAKE MICHIGAN TO BE RESTORED:

A WWII bomber recovered from Lake Michigan has found a new home at the Air Zoo in Portage, MI and will be restored.

The Kalamazoo Gazette states that restoration for the U.S. Navy Douglas SBD-2P Dauntless Dive Bomber is expected to take three to five years and will be done mostly by volunteers.



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Taras Lyssenko of A and T Recovery, inspects the recovered SBD as it is lifted from the delivering semi-trailer (Photo: Mark Bugnaski/MLive.com)

The plane is the third Lake Michigan-recovered aircraft project for the Air Zoo. The plane crashed on a secret Great Lakes training mission and was piloted Lt. Junior Grade John Lendo of Massachusetts on Feb. 18, 1944. Lendo survived.

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The arriving SBD Dauntless draws a crowd at the Air Zoo in Portage, MI (Photo: Mark Bugnaski/MLive.com)

Though the aircraft was recovered from the lake in June 2009. It only arrived at the museum on Friday.

Air Zoo president & CEO Troy Thrash said that “restoring the aircraft is more than about preserving the object, but about restoring the stories of the people who served the country”.

A and T Recovery raised the plane from Lake Michigan on behalf of The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The museum sponsored the costs of locating and raising the aircraft through a donation from the late Fred L. Turner, honorary chairman and former CEO of McDonald’s Corporation.

The aircraft will be put on display at the Pacific Aviation Museum once restored.



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