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Sunken Aircraft of the Battle of Midway

Author(s): Bert S. Ho ; Kelly Gleason Keogh

Year: 2017

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In June of 2017, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway will occur as archeologists begin the first dedicated project to discover the sunken aircraft at the atoll involved in the battle. Often considered as the turning point of the Pacific Front in World War II, Midway has been difficult to study archaeologically because of the remoteness of the location, and the difficulty in surveying around the treacherous reefs that surround it. Efforts to locate submerged aircraft have been made within the last several years, and successful identifications of lost aircraft have been made. To date, only a small fraction of what was lost has been found. This paper will discuss preliminary findings, and the plans to return to Midway in 2017 in a joint project led by NOAA's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and the U.S. National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center.

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Sunken Aircraft of the Battle of Midway. Bert S. Ho, Kelly Gleason Keogh. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435528)


Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 673

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America