Friday, December 4, 2015


4 December 2015: After over 20 years of trying, archeologists (students, actually) from University of Hawaii have found and studied the wreck of a U.S. Navy PBY - a Catalina flying boat - that was shot down during the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on 7 December 1941.

It was only in 30 ft of water, but water has been generally murky with greatly reduced visibility. Sport divers actually discovered the wreckage and turned the site over to the archeologists for examination. The site, because it contains the final resting place of the three crewmen, is protected and the actual location remains undisclosed.

At the time the plane was shot down, it was attempting to take off from the waters of Kane'ohe Bay, but barely got airborne when the enemy planes found them and shot them down. Here's what it looks like now:

The precise identity of the aircraft remains a mystery, but as the images indicate, it is clearly one of the PBY's shot down during the earliest moments of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

And the anniversary of that Day of Infamy is only a few short days hence....

Until next time,

                                   Fair Winds,
                                    Old Salt

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