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Water Search for the Coleman B-24

As in previous years we spent a large part of our trip searching the water off the east side of the reef for my uncle's missing 307th Bomb Group B-24 and the Coleman crew. For the second year we received help from Mark Noah and the History Flight organizing to bring advanced underwater search equipment to the island. We used side scanning sonar and an underwater mag to locate numerous target areas to dive. We were not able to dive all the targets located, however, on the final day we locate a number of unexploded American 1000 lb bombs and other wreckage. The bombs are from a B-24 during WWII but we do not know if they're from a B-24 that crashed or a plane that did not arm their bombs when dropped. We plan to continue searching the targets in 2010.

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