Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sunken War Bird Emerges From Lake Michigan-- Part 1

From the August 1, 2013 Stars and Stripes/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by Meg Jones.

William Forbes didn't like cold water and especially didn't relish the idea of taking a swim in frigid Lake Michigan even more so in December.

On December 28, 1944, he powered his Grumman FM-2 Wildcat engine along the deck of a converted ship made into an aircraft carrier.  Just as he reached the end of the flight deck, his engine died and he and his plane went into that really cold water.  The plane sank to 200 feet.

This past December, that very same plane was hauled out of Lake Michigan.  Its rusted remains are on display at the EAA Air Show in Oshkosh this week.  It is proving to be quite a popular exhibit.


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