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Wreckage of US world WAR ii B-24 bomber discovered 74 years after he plunged into the sea off the coast of Bermuda

Divers investigate a propeller from the crashed B-24 on the seabed.
(With thanks to Dr. Philippe Rouja and Dr. Art Trembanis)

The wreck of a wwii AMERICAN B-24 bomber crashed in the sea off the coast of Bermuda in February 1945, is discovered by a team of researchers from the University of Delaware.

The Royal Gazette reports that the heavily-loaded bomber crashed into Castle Harbor at the northeastern end of Bermuda’s main island shortly after take-off. Four of the bomber’s nine crew members were rescued from the sea, according to the Royal Gazette, which notes that two bodies were also recovered. The remains of the other three crew members were never found.

The team of students from the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, used the reports from the night of the crash and information about the weather conditions at the time to narrow down the search area. An underwater drone was deployed to search the wreck.

RUBBLE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR B-24 BOMBER DISCOVERED 74 YEARS AFTER IT WAS SHOT

“The find of the wreck of the aircraft was simultaneously exciting and solemn moment,” the project team leader, University of Delaware associate professor Art Trembanis, told Fox News via e-mail. “Exciting for the technical highlight of the planning and execution of the search effort with my students and solemn for the realization and connection it meant for us the tragedy of the crash and the sacrifices of the crew almost 75 years.”

A diver examines part of the B-24 wreck.
((Credit: Dr. Art Trembanis, University of Delaware,))

Terrifying images show the aircraft propeller and other pieces of the wreckage on the seabed.

However, the aircraft fragments is likely to remain at their current location. “There are no plans to retrieve the wreck that we are aware of,” Trembanis told Fox News. The findings are passed to the Bermudan authorities, under whose protection the wreck remains, as well as the relevant U.S. government, he added.

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The University of Delaware students made the discovery during a winter study abroad session at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).

A sonar picture of the B-24 wreck on the seabed. (Credit: Dr. Art Trembanis, University of Delaware)

Citing a spokeswoman for the BIOS, the Royal Gazette reports that the B-24 was making a routine ferry flight to Portugal when she crashed in the sea.

A number of downed aircraft from the second world War have occurred in recent years. The wreck of another U. S. Air Force B-24 bomber was found in Papua New Guinea in 2018, 74 years after it was shot down during a fierce battle with Japanese troops.

WRECK OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AIRCRAFT CARRIER, THE USS WASP HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN THE CORAL SEA

In 2017, engineers work on a sub-sea power link discovered what is believed to be the wreckage of a lost World War II Royal Air Force bomber off the coast of Norway.

The B-24 bomber crashed in the sea off the coast of Bermuda in February 1945. (With thanks to Dr. Philippe Rouja and Dr. Art Trembanis)

In 2015, the University of Hawaii and NOAA released incredible images of a U.S. Navy seaplane that sank during the opening moments of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Last year, an extremely rare world War II Spitfire fighter plane flown by a Royal Air Force pilot who later took part in the “Great Escape” was recovered from a remote Norwegian town of bergen.

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An autonomous underwater vehicle (UAV) was used to find the wreck. (Credit: Dr. Art Trembanis, University of Delaware)

The wreck of the world War ii aircraft carrier USS Wasp was recently discovered in the Coral Sea, more than 70 years after the ship was sunk during the Guadalcanal campaign.

Wasp was spotted on the seabed by experts from the ship RV Troublemaker, which is part of a research organization founded by the late billionaire Paul Allen.

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File photo – A B-24 Liberator starts the bomb during an attack on Vienna, Austria, during the second world War.
(Getty/Bettmann)

Resting at a depth of almost 14,000 feet, photos captured by undersea drone clear Wasp’s bridge, anti-aircraft guns, a 5-inch gun, on the ruins of the Avenger plane, and an anchor.

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