Seeking gold, divers find B-26 wreckage

By | July 7, 2008

Thirty miles southwest of the Sanibel Lighthouse, an eerie tableau of silence, sea life and grim reminders of death spreads across the sea floor.

Spanish mackerel rocket through a ball of cigar minnows undulating above an intact aircraft wing in 70 feet of water; 1,350 feet away, goliath grouper loaf near two massive Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp radial engines; tomtates drift slowly around the badly bent propellers, one of which is still attached to its engine, the other lying on the sand a few feet away.

A thriving marine community is on this otherwise barren section of the Gulf of Mexico only because of the anomalous hardware, wreckage of a B-26 Marauder that crashed more than 60 years ago and took the lives of six young airmen. – newspress

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