ROV-Based 3D Modeling Efforts on a Submerged WWII Aircraft for Museum Display

Author(s): Megan Lickliter-Mundon; Bridget Buxton

Year: 2016


In 1944, factory workers and community members from Tulsa, OK bought war bonds to finance the last B-24 Liberator built by the Tulsa Douglas Aircraft plant. They named her, wrote signatures and messages on her fuselage, and sent her to Europe with a part Tulsa crew. She went down off the coast of Croatia after a bombing mission but was never forgotten as a WWII community icon. Archaeologists are now in the process of preserving the cultural heritage and physical remains of the site, as well providing the Tulsa community with tangible materials for a museum display of ‘their’ aircraft. Diver-based methods of producing a 3D site map were difficult to follow due to the 130 foot depth, so ROV technology was used to assist divers in acquiring imagery. This presentation will discuss the methodology used with ROV-based mapping of archaeological sites and the importance of 3D modeling aircraft in-situ.

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ROV-Based 3D Modeling Efforts on a Submerged WWII Aircraft for Museum Display. Megan Lickliter-Mundon, Bridget Buxton. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435089)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 156