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Underwater Graveyard Of WW2 Planes Revealed In Dramatic Images

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:24:32 Z)

Underwater photographer Brandi Mueller published eerie images of aircraft sitting on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean near the Marshall Islands, dumped there by the U.S. military 70 years ago.

Military officials decided the surplus warplanes were too expensive to ship back to the U.S. after Japan surrendered in 1945. Instead, they were sunk in the Kwajalein Atoll.

Mueller's photos -- see the full gallery here -- include Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, F4U Corsairs, TBF/TBM Avengers, Helldivers, B-25 Mitchells, Curtiss C-46 Commandos and F4F Wildcats.

Lead Stories' Trendolizer picked up on the remarkable collection thanks to a Mashable story trending on social networks. To see other stories like this, scroll to see what Trendolizer's found.


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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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