Divers In Lake Michigan Found A WWII Plane That Was Probably Used For Aircraft Carrier Training

Image: U.S. Navy

Divers working for a salvage firm descend into the cold waters of Lake Michigan. Soon, they reach the lakebed and locate what a previous sonar scan has identified. It’s the wreck of a World War II fighter plane, instantly recognizable. But how on Earth did this relic of 20th-century global conflict end up at the bottom of the lake?

Image: IJN

To fully understand this intriguing tale, we need to go back to the winter of 1941. At this stage, the U.S. was not yet engaged in WWII, although that was soon to change. And what propelled the country into the conflict was of course the surprise attack by Japanese planes on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that took place on December 7, 1941.

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