Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, six WWII Army Air Corp airmen who died in a B-26 Marauder training crash off the Florida coast were recognized for their service with Military Honors at VFW Post 10097 in Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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Treasure Hunters Find Treasures More Valuable Than Gold
Ft. Myers, FL – Ask Tom O’Brien what he thinks is more valuable than gold and his answer may surprise you. Tom and his friends set out to locate billions of dollars in gold bullion that was supposedly smuggled out of Cuba on four B-26 bombers during the Castro revolution. Legend has it that one of the planes crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.
Tom and his crew found a B-26 alright, but what it carried was a much more valuable cargo. It carries the hopes, dreams and aspirations of 6 brave patriotic airmen who wanted to protect our American way of life during WWII. But before they could sent overseas, the bomber that they were training in, a B-26 Marauder, crashed into the Gulf. With no trace of the plane having ever been found and with only two bodies recovered, the military gave up the search and illogically labeled the crash with the notion: “Pilot Charged with Accident”.
Instead of cutting their losses on their search for gold, they now had a new priority. Exonerate these men by proving that the crash was the result of a catastrophic mechanical failure common to the B-26’s. So Tom and his crew created the UHE (Underwater Historical Explorations) and turned the former “treasure hunt” into a personal search for the truth, which would hopefully vindicate these airmen and eliminate 66 years of misperception that was “rubber stamped” on the military’s accident report.
UHE commissioned several expert researchers to identify the aircraft, then more researchers to forensically comb through the wreckage that was now being captured on High-Definition video. All at a substantial cost to Tom O’Brien and his team. And they did it without any thought of reimbursement other than the satisfaction of clearing the names of these six airmen.
Their story is ongoing and although the families of the deceased airmen have found some closure, they are now hoping to find the truth about the real cause of the crash.