One of the fascinating things about living on an island is the world of discovery we have on the land and in the waters.
US Army Corps of Engineers' divers assigned to the recovery of WW II munitions on Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge found an eerie remnant of the war yesterday. Divers recovered the propeller blade from a WW II Naval Dive Bomber which crashed in the waters of Cape Poge while on a training mission during the war. Anecdotal information from a witness described watching a parade of dive bombers hurtling towards the bomb target site on Little Neck. Each plane would release its practice bomb loads on the target and steeply pull out of its dive. All except one, which could not recover from its fatal plunge. The witness, now deceased, described how the Navy recovered the fuselage of the warplane and the body of the pilot. Now, 71 years later a key part of the plane has apparently been recovered from the shallow waters of Cape Poge Bay.
The cost of peace has never been cheap.