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2010/04/19 09:15:57 (permalink)
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Pacific Graveyards

Historical research often uncovers uncertain and questionable "war stories".  I have heard the following story from time to time and wonder if there is any truth to it.
 
At the end of hostilities with Japan in 1945 the navy sent out an order to aircraft carrier commanders to destroy all aircraft and so perfectly good operational airplanes of many types were simply shoved overboard.
 
In todays world this would seem somewhat foolish but in 1945 it could have been reasonable.  True or false?
 
Maybe it is just a tale to make the heart of a salvage operator flutter?
 
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Re:Pacific Graveyards 2010/04/19 15:10:06 (permalink)
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John,
From this "OLD SALT" it is not a tale, it is cold hard fact. I just went into a long diatribe as to the whys and whatever and this @#$%^&*(+?" SOB  "Windows Premium Vista" bombed on me as I was about to post reply.

Fair Winds and Following Seas,   John
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Re:Pacific Graveyards 2010/04/20 00:54:21 (permalink)
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True!!
 
  I can remember my dad talking about witnessing the creation of the "Billion Dollar Reef" coming back from Okinawa.  Not hard to believe at all.  
 
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Re:Pacific Graveyards 2010/04/20 09:20:51 (permalink)
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No surprise at all.
It is still going on. Refer: http://www.dgmarket.com/tenders/np-notice.do~4696435
It appears that US Government regulations on "demilitarization" of obsolete equipment overrides any historical interest.

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