Missing P-38 Found 40ft Underwater Off Italian Coast After 80 Years
Credits to Daily Mail
US Airman Warren Singer and his P-38 Lightning was on a daring raid targeting Italian airfields in 1943 when it mysteriously disappeared off the Italian coast.
Almost 80 years after his disappearance, divers have uncovered what looked like the wreckage of the P-38 beneath the Gulf of Manfredonia at a depth of 40 feet.
Diver Fabio Bisciotti, who identified the wreck, believes that the Lightning probably suffered a mechanical failure that led the pilot to ditch his aircraft in the water.
The divers also noted that the cockpit’s windows were open when they found it. Unfortunately, this meant that Singer might have escaped and drowned in the process.
According to historian Steve Blake, 166 P-38s were slated to brave the skies that day. 137 reached their targets successfully, others turned back because of mechanical problems, but only one vanished altogether.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is still investigating the recent discovery. Hopefully, Singer can have the send-off he deserves in the near future.