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Huxley_S
02-20-2004, 04:48 AM
Just came across this on a diving web site I was reading.

http://www.cdnn.info/industry/i040218/i040218.html

Huxley_S
02-20-2004, 04:48 AM
Just came across this on a diving web site I was reading.

http://www.cdnn.info/industry/i040218/i040218.html

Taylortony
02-20-2004, 10:31 AM
dead link http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

DONB3397
02-20-2004, 11:05 AM
Interesting story. Wonder if they'll be able to identify the specific a/c or unit. B-24s had a major role in the PTO (before the 29 came along) because of their range.

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tttiger
02-20-2004, 11:07 AM
(the link worked fine for me)

Diving WWII shipwrecks (and airplane wrecks) all over the Pacific has been one of my hobbies for the past 20 years and several times I've been lucky enough to be part of groups that found new wrecks.

It's a very, very mixed emotion when you do. There is certainly a sense of discovery. But there also is a knowledge that people, certainly young people, died here. This is even sadder when you learn that part of the crew was executed.

Even more ironic, I consider Palau one of the most beautiful island groups in the world. There is a hilltop in Koror from which you can see the entire and spectacular chain of Rock Islands. On the same hilltop are the rusting remains of Japanese AAA gun. It probably fired at that same B-24. WWII is never very far away in the Pacific.

Finally, as a Hawaii resident, I have to say JPAC is hardly "little known" here. They do some very difficult work recovering the remains of American servicemen from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Many Americans don't even know this, but the bodies (that have been found) of all of the US servicemen who died in the Pacific in World War II were brought back to Hawaii after the war (and continue to be as they are found) and buried at the National Cemetery at the Punch Bowl, the crater atop Diamond Head on Oahu. If you come to Hawaii and want to really feel history, you should visit the gravesites there.

Aloha,

ttt

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A.K.Davis
02-20-2004, 11:15 AM
Hey tttiger, I'm an avid diver and I'm moving to Hawaii for a year this summer. Any suggestions for getting into diving there?

--AKD

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tttiger
02-20-2004, 11:33 AM
AK, send me an email at my work addy (tsommer@starbulletin.com). I'm a reporter covering Kauai for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. I'll be glad to share what I can with you. I took a year off from journalism in 1997 and worked as a dive guide on Maui, so I know most of the dive boat operators there and here on Kauai. Some are great and some aren't.

If ya come to Kauai, I'll buy ya a beer http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ttt

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-- Chuck Yeager describing "The Best Airplane."

MandMs
02-20-2004, 11:48 AM
Nice, thanks. To bad about the crew though.http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Just have to like that journalistic babble.

'mostly intact wreck' but it yet it 'plummeted into the sea' http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif



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