Plane found submerged in Japan may be US WWII fighter
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published: September 22, 2016
Fujio Sakoda wasn’t sure what it was, submerged about 150 feet in Oshima Strait.
He was spearfishing in 1987 in the fertile grounds between Amami-Oshima and Kakeromajima islands in Kagoshima prefecture. A fish escaped, so he chased it into the depths.
“Suddenly there was a huge object in front of me,” he said recently from his Amami-Oshima home, which lies between mainland Japan and Okinawa. “I was shocked because I thought it was a shark, but after taking a closer look … I realized that it was a plane.”
Sakoda couldn’t see inside the cockpit because the plane was upside down, but even with the tail missing, he was convinced it was a World War II-era American fighter. It was otherwise intact with four propellers, and he could see the underside of the wings.