World War 2

WWII Era Fighter Plane Retrieved From Lake Michigan

On the 71st anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack


A World War II Fighter that has been sitting at the bottom of Lake Michigan off the Chicago shoreline for more than 65 years will be brought to the surface this week.

The National Naval Aviation Museum with the Naval History and Heritage Command initiated the undertaking. The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation is sponsoring the location, recovery, restoration, and eventual display of a World War II Eastern Aircraft FM-2 "Wildcat" Fighter from the depths of Lake Michigan. The Foundation will complete the recovery portion of the effort this week using a crew from A and T Recovery. This recovery has been made possible through a generous donation from Mr. Charles Greenhill, of Mettawa, Illinois.