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Fallen heroes memorialized at WWII plane crash site off SWFL coast

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Seventy-five years after a World War II training flight crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, several relatives of the men on board visited the crash site on Saturday.

Six men died in the B-26 Marauder that crashed off the coast of Southwest Florida in November 1942 during a training mission, but only two bodies were found after the crash.

Local fishermen discovered the wreckage in the 1990s, leading to a major diving exploration and research into the crashed plane and the young men on board.

A memorial has since been created at the crash site.

Family members of several of the men on board the plane attended memorial service at the site. At the event, scuba-divers went to the ocean floor to leave behind family mementos in honor of the fallen.

At the Imaginarium in Fort Myers, a new exhibit offers visitors the chance to see some of the items removed from the wreck as part of the investigation into the cause of the crash.

There's also details on each of the six men on board the plane at the time of the crash.

 

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