Museum Details New Aircraft Dump Site

Recently while looking at some Air Force records, a Museum archivist found some interesting leads that might be of interest to local dive operators. According to the records, a number of Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless aircraft were dumped in the ocean off Santo. This was common practice after the war, with the Americans dumping everything from aircraft to trucks and motorbikes to artillery. If it wasn’t worth taking back to the United States, it was easier to dump it. And the waters around Santo were no exception – particularly around Million Dollar Point. These seven Dauntless aircraft were disposed of on two occasions, once in December 1944 and then again in January 1945.

NO28299 dumped in water off Espiritu Santo, South Pacific Dec 11, 1944

NO28691 dumped in water off Espiritu Santo, South Pacific Dec 11, 1944

NO28981 dumped in water off Espiritu Santo, South Pacific Dec 11, 1944

NO29081 dumped in water off Espiritu Santo, South Pacific Dec 11, 1944

NO29082 dumped in water off Espiritu Santo, South Pacific Dec 11, 1944

NO28538 dumped in water off Espiritu Santo in South Pacific Jan 17, 1945

NO29088 dumped in water off Espiritu Santo in South Pacific Jan 17, 1945

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