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Dennis

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Saw this on the news last night, guy finds an unusual piece of metal in his backyard and next thing you know, he's got "aluminum fever".  Another wreck hunter is born.  Dennis

http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/article_7cb445d8-681c-577c-9720-3ef828a1396e.html
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Looks like another "Digger" is born. He dug up lots of stuff. 

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Someone should tell him all that stuff is not worth very much, but maybe he'll get lucky and find the master data plate.

Someone needs to tell him where he can order accident reports to ID the wreck.

I wonder what the NAVY really said to him or if they know he is digging up one of "their" planes. 

I thought there were laws against digging up Navy planes?

I wonder where all that stuff is going to end up? I know the Navy does not want it back, The local museum most likely does not have room for it, and I bet his wife won't want it in the house. It does look like he has a nice man cave with TV and 2 chairs and a "temporary" display area. 

Yes, another "Dreamer" is born... 
  



Dennis

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A lot of "ifs" and "maybes" in there.  There are at least 3 articles about this.  In one article, he alleges that He inquired with the Navy about Ground penetrating radar (what? did he hit the lottery?).  The Navy allegedly told him it wouldn't do any good (you'd think they'd have Seal Team 6 being dropped over his property while they had him on the phone).  The most intriguing was that the Navy claims to have lost 6 SBDs in the area (like they'd tell him?) but they have no record of this one (how do they know w/o an I.D.?).  The interesting thing is it's on HIS property.
  A debris field the size of "2 football fields" is a little big.  From my experience and reading many crash reports, about 300 feet is the norm.  Dennis
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The story just does not add up. I wonder who he talked to in the NAVY? or was it just someone in the NAVY or just associated with the NAVY. Or did he just make that part up? Only he knows.

Anyways, He found some SBD parts, nothing really special.  
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Now they are saying it may be one of six missing Dauntless...

http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/02/20/pkg-florida-scrap-metal-missing-plane-1940s.wesh

(sorry, you gotta sit through an advert...)

They found personal effects which may suggest the pilot remains in it.   Cadaver dogs being used, etc.

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I like how the guy says at the end that he wants to put up a memorial marker at the site. 
They are going to need to do a lot of digging to figure out which plane it is. 
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First, the media tries to make it look like another "Flight 19" by saying "6 planes took off..."  Nonsense!
Second, as most of us know, just because you find personal items, doesn't mean the body wasn't recovered.  In a crash like that, they're rarely intact.
Third, if they are really interested in identifying the plane, they need to focus on the area where engine parts were found in hopes of finding the engine data plate.  Dennis
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