Wreckage believed to be that of a P-47 Thunderbolt was recovered from the bottom of the Adriatic Sea May 12, 2009, by an Italian fishing boat crew. An Italian aero club signed for the wreckage during a Nov. 14, 2009, ceremony in Chioggia, Italy, and hope to recover a serial number from the landging gear during their restoration project expected to take two years. The serial number is a key to Air Force historians so they can trace the aircraft to a specific unit and in identifying who was piloting the aircraft the day it crashed.
U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael O'Connor
October 17, 2012
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