Intact WWII P-38 Found

Photo: The International Group for Historical Aircraft Recovery

About seventy years ago, this gorgeously preserved Lockheed P-38 Lightning, one of the coolest fighter planes of WWII, went into the drink near Wales. The pilot, Lt Robert Elliott, survived the incident caused by engine failure. Shortly thereafter, however, he disappeared in Tunisia – forever missing in action.

Shifting sands revealed the aircraft, The Maid, in 2007, and it appears remarkably intact. The International Group for Historical Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) is keeping the location secret while they mount a careful recovery effort. Hopefully it hasn’t deteriorated in its ┬ásalt water home too much, and can find its way to restoration.

It belongs in a museum!

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2 Responses to Intact WWII P-38 Found

  1. Rick Brandt says:

    I would like to find out how I get permission to use the above photo of the p-38 for our Estrella Warbird Museum in Paso, Robles, CA. Please advise. Additionally the museum website is ewarbird.org

    • Anonymous says:

      Which one? The artistic one or the aerial? The aerial is by the International Group for Historical Aircraft Recovery.

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