WW2 Warplane hauled from Lake Michigan

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WW2 Warplane hauled from Lake Michigan

November 28, 2009 - 00:10
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A dive bomber that was downed in Lake Michigan during a training run in 1944 has been lifted from the water

The mussel-encrusted SBD-5 Dauntless was raised Friday from 100-feet of water and taken to nearby Waukegan harbor to be hauled out, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday.

SBD Dauntless

The Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber crashed into Lake Michigan in the 1940's.

The Dauntless was one of more than 100 military planes lost in Lake Michigan during World War II when naval pilots trained by landing on a pair of passenger liners turned into aircraft carriers, the Tribune reported.

A World War II-era bomber is to be put on display in a museum in New Orleans, salvage operators who raised the plane said.