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WWII bomber recovered from Lake Michigan to be restored

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A WWII bomber recovered from Lake Michigan has arrived at the Air Zoo in Portage for restoration.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that the restoration process for the U.S. Navy Douglas SBD-2P Dauntless Dive Bomber is expected to take three to five years to complete. The restoration will be done mostly by volunteers.

The plane is the third Lake Michigan-recovered aircraft project granted to the Air Zoo. The plane was lost during a secret Great Lakes training mission, when Lt. Junior Grade John Lendo of Massachusetts crashed into Lake Michigan on Feb. 18, 1944. Lendo survived the incident.

The aircraft was recovered from the lake in June 2009. It arrived at the museum on Friday.

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