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Ben Cropp - Search For The Mystery Bomber

Ben Cropp - Search For The Mystery Bomber

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Documentary 52 minutes ~ Color


Two Hundred and thirty one allied planes crashed in Australia's north in WWII. Some are still missing, their exact whereabouts still unknown; all the crew died in the crashes. No survivors, no witnesses, no position to report. Now, Australian marine explorer Ben Cropp is lifting the veil on at least one of these lost warbirds. He's found the sunken wing of a four-engine WWII bomber lying beside a coral reef.This film is the story of exploration and discovery. The wing and two engines are shrouded in coral. The dive team uncovers enough to guess that it may be a B17 Flying Fortress Bomber. When the news of the find hits the press and TV, aviation experts differ. Some think it's a B24 Liberator. One even suggests it could be a Japanese Emily Flying boat. Now the team will return to the site, armed with all the knowledge they can gather to correctly identify it and perhaps lay to rest the aircrew that died in the crash. Could this mystery bomber be the B17 called 'Pluto' that carried an American General, or, the B24 called 'Punjab' carrying high-ranking officers? The whereabouts of both are unknown; all died, and the relatives of these lost airmen have never known their final resting place.

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