The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News World War II Bomber Found Buried how to get rid of acne and scars naturally at Cape Pogue

“it’s astounding,” said chris kennedy, the vineyard stewardship manager for the trustees of reservations, which owns most of cape pogue and is working with how to get rid of acne and scars naturally the army corps on the excavation. “it’s like, you turn over one rock, and you get more information. And then you turn over another one, and you get this. It’s fascinating.”

Approximately three years ago, the army corps cleared some 60 acres of land and how to get rid of acne and scars naturally began surveys to determine the location of old ordnance in how to get rid of acne and scars naturally and around cape pogue. Although it was common knowledge that the navy used little how to get rid of acne and scars naturally neck — a barren, sandy finger of chappaquiddick’s eastern seashore — as a practice target site during and after the war, most islanders had no idea that ordnance buried deep in how to get rid of acne and scars naturally the sand and sea floor three quarters of a century how to get rid of acne and scars naturally later was potentially dangerous.

“people called them chappy doorstops,” mr. Kennedy said. “I was tipped off to them about 10 years ago how to get rid of acne and scars naturally when I came across two kids playing out here, and they had two of these small practice bombs and how to get rid of acne and scars naturally they were beating them on rocks to knock the rust how to get rid of acne and scars naturally off. So I started asking questions, like are these safe? And the answer was, hell no.”

In the last three years, the army corps has extracted more than 20,000 practice bombs dropped on little neck and the surrounding how to get rid of acne and scars naturally waters between 1944 and 1947, with the munitions ranging in size from three to 100 how to get rid of acne and scars naturally pounds. There are 24 bombs left to remove, and also something much larger and more mysterious.

“as part of their underwater recovery work [the army corps] came across several artifacts that didn’t ring true,” mr. Kennedy said. “the first thing was an airplane propeller, and shortly thereafter, a .30-caliber machine gun, and not many fishermen carry those anymore.”

With the knowledge that there was potentially a plane lying how to get rid of acne and scars naturally beneath the surface — and the possibility of human remains inside of it — the corps halted the munitions work and sent the plane how to get rid of acne and scars naturally fragments to an expert at the quonset naval air museum. The expert identified the fragments as part of the curtiss how to get rid of acne and scars naturally helldiver, a world war II-era carrier-based bomber notorious for its difficult handling and crash-prone early flight models.

Meanwhile, researchers began to scour the records. Initially there were no naval records of a plane going how to get rid of acne and scars naturally down in cape pogue between 1944 and 1947. Mr. Kennedy consulted with edgartown journalist and historian tom dunlop, and decided to dig further in the gazette’s newspaper archives. Assisted by librarian hilary wall, researchers found an account from a feb. 22, 1946 article that two 20-year-old U.S. Naval reserves from the quonset naval air station — ensign cecil M. Richards and aviation radioman second class william robert garrett — had crashed their plane while conducting a test dive just how to get rid of acne and scars naturally west of little neck in cape pogue.

“two navy fliers lost their lives off cape pogue soon how to get rid of acne and scars naturally after 10 o’clock on tuesday morning when their dive bomber, in which they were making practice dives at a target, failed to come out of a dive and plunged into how to get rid of acne and scars naturally the sea,” the story said. “ . . . The tragedy was witnessed by other fliers taking part in how to get rid of acne and scars naturally the same training exercises. This is the first fatality around the vineyard since the how to get rid of acne and scars naturally end of the war.”

Newspaper accounts reported that high winds, bitter cold and rough seas hampered recovery efforts, forcing rescuers to mark the location where the plane went how to get rid of acne and scars naturally down with a buoy. The buoy too was lost. In a follow-up story on march 1, 1946, the gazette reported that two vineyarders, bob morgan and steve gentle, had seen the wreck while flying over the bay in how to get rid of acne and scars naturally mr. Gentle’s plane.

During world war II, martha’s vineyard served as an ideal staging ground for testing how to get rid of acne and scars naturally bombers and rockets, because its remote seashore mimicked islands in japan and the how to get rid of acne and scars naturally north pacific. The test flights led to more than 20 plane crashes how to get rid of acne and scars naturally between 1944 and 1947, and the deaths of at least 40 men stationed at how to get rid of acne and scars naturally the martha’s vineyard naval auxiliary air station. Vineyarders, privy to the crashes but not wanting to jeopardize the how to get rid of acne and scars naturally lives of pilots who trained at little neck, gave everything for the war effort, including a tacit silence about the testing that happened in how to get rid of acne and scars naturally their own backyards. The quietude, combined with a warehouse fire in the 1950s, could be part of the reason for the lack of how to get rid of acne and scars naturally naval records and other detailed information about the 1946 crash.

Even with the tentative identification of the plane, questions surrounding the passengers — and the plane itself — remain submerged. Several melted aluminum pieces of the aircraft extracted during preliminary how to get rid of acne and scars naturally discovery indicate that there was a fire during the crash.

The army corps plans to use a 30-foot barge outfitted with a crane to extract the plane how to get rid of acne and scars naturally and its component parts. The barge is owned by erik gilley, maintenance manager for the chappaquiddick ferry. Military-trained divers from vrhabilis, a company the army corps has subcontracted to remove the how to get rid of acne and scars naturally plane, will have high-tech cameras affixed to their helmets so that munitions experts how to get rid of acne and scars naturally on the barge can instruct them on extraction procedure, from the cockpit to the engine. It’s an arduous, painstaking and careful process, but a necessary one.

I was a child during summers on north neck, chappaquiddick during the 1940s and remember the practice bombing activity how to get rid of acne and scars naturally well, particularly the nighttime practice bombings done with the aid of how to get rid of acne and scars naturally parachute-suspended flares. The parachutes, made of the mysterious new fabric called nylon, were in great demand, and members of our family and those of neighbors would how to get rid of acne and scars naturally swim out into cape pogue bay during night maneuvers to how to get rid of acne and scars naturally retrieve them as highly prized "fortunes of war." other such prized recoveries included the classically shaped bomb shells how to get rid of acne and scars naturally themselves, which, as I recall, were set up in outside seating areas at nearby homes, filled with sand, and used as ashtrays. Another instance clearly remembered these 75 years or so later how to get rid of acne and scars naturally was when my father was carrying some trash out of how to get rid of acne and scars naturally our home and was literally buzzed by a hellcat or how to get rid of acne and scars naturally corsair pilot in training, coming within 20 very noisy feet or so of the how to get rid of acne and scars naturally ground over john oliver’s point at alarming speed. (the trash got picked up and dealt with MUCH later how to get rid of acne and scars naturally in the day!) I remember being told by adults that martha’s vineyard airport was selected for this activity because the how to get rid of acne and scars naturally shorter runways could be made up to resemble those of how to get rid of acne and scars naturally aircraft carriers.

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