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B-24 Liberator found off Newfoundland

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Acclaimed film-maker and technical diver Jill Heinerth is currently part of a highly experienced multi-national dive team on expedition in Canada, and they have confirmed the discovery of a World War Two-era B-24 Liberator bomber.

The aircraft crashed on take-off on 4 September 1943 into Gander Lake, Newfoundland, with four souls aboard. Previous search and salvage efforts conducted by military divers at the time of the crash were abandoned due to extremely dangerous conditions, and the aircraft – dubbed Liberator 589D – has remained undisturbed ever since. Until now.

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Jill Heinerth and the rest of the expedition team

Using state-of-the-art underwater imaging equipment, the team completed a survey dive on 5 September in the cold, tannic waters of Gander Lake, and the divers subsequently found the aircraft upside-down on a steep ledge nearly 50m below the surface.

The expedition is supported by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), the Shipwreck Preservation Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and Ocean Quest Adventures.

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Wheel and landing gear on the B-24 Liberator
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The remnants are remarkably well preserved
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Team diver examining the B-24 wreckage

Photo credit: Maxwel Hohn and Jill Heinerth

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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