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Remarkable Underwater Discovery Called a 'Very Important Part of What Happened in World War II

"They finally lost power and just dropped out of the sky."

World War II wreckage was found off the coast of Oahu. Image credit: HawaiiNewsNow

Almost seventy years after it crashed off the Windward Oahu coast, a plane that flew in World War II has been recovered, Hawaii News Now reports.

"It's quite a sight. It's beautiful there. There are lots of fish," Ron Tubbs, the scuba diver who found the plane, remarked.

World War II wreckage was found off the coast of Oahu. Image credit: HawaiiNewsNow World War II wreckage was found off the coast of Oahu. Image credit: HawaiiNewsNow

The Hawaii Undersea Research Lab quickly got involved, concluding that the plane was a PBM sea plane. They also found the crash report, which stated the plane went down on January 23, 1945 after the engine was leaking fuel.

Lt. TJ Connolly, the pilot, and five others survived. Eight people were killed.

"They finally lost power and just dropped out of the sky," said Steve Price of the Hawaii Undersea Research Lab said.

World War II wreckage was found off the coast of Oahu. Image credit: HawaiiNewsNow World War II wreckage was found off the coast of Oahu. Image credit: HawaiiNewsNow

Tubbs speculated that many World War II veterans, including those related to those who perished in the crash, are "unaware" that the wreckage was even found.

"This is a very important part of Hawaii's history and very important part of what happened in World War II," he said.

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