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Wreckage of 1944 dive bomber crash found

August 24, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Pipeline workers unearthed the wreckage of a Navy dive bomber that crashed in a field during a Central Coast training flight in 1944.

The workers were digging a pipeline trench on farmland last month when wreckage was discovered 6 feet down along Trafton Road near the Pajaro River levee east of California 1.

A Navy accident report showed that two crew members died when the Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber crashed.

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