World War II plane F4U-4 Corsair

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WWII Researcher: Wreckage Is Plane Of MIA Pilot From NY

May 24, 2019 - 6:10 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A World War II researcher says wreckage discovered near a Japanese island in the 1980s is a fighter-bomber flown by a pilot from New York still listed as missing in action.

Justin Taylan tells The Associated Press the submerged plane is from the type of F4U-4 Corsair 2nd that Lt. John McGrath was flying when he crashed off Iriomote Jima in July 1945. Taylan says no other warplanes are known to have crashed in that area.

The U.S. military still officially lists McGrath as MIA, although Japanese newspapers reported in the late 1980s that U.S. military divers recovered human remains from the wreckage.

Pentagon officials say they couldn't immediately confirm that report and were looking into the matter.

Taylan examined the wreckage during a scuba dive in March.