WWII era fighter plane discovered at Midway

LIHUE — Maritime archaeologists working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service discovered the remains of a sunken World War II era P-40K Warhawk fighter aircraft while doing research in Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument aboard NOAA Ship Hi‘ialakai in August. 

The wreckage was found in about 25 feet of water off the southeast side of the barrier reef within the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial.

The Monument has at least 60 potential shipwreck sites and 70 potential sunken aircraft sites. To date, 22 of these have been discovered and documented.


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