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Weymouth divers in bid to find missing plane

US Hercules plane

12:02pm 13th March 2018

A Weymouth diving group's raising £6,000 to locate the wreck of a plane that crashed into the sea almost 50 years ago. 

Members of the Deeper Dorset diving club are planning to search the English Channel for a US Hercules that went down after being stolen by an army mechanic in May 1969.

Simon Brown, who's an underwater photographer with the group, said: "The guy in question, Sergeant Paul Meyer, was a chief mechanic so the fact that he was able to get it off the ground is remarkable, almost like something out of a Hollywood film." 

The young mechanic, who was stationed at a military base in Suffolk, is rumoured to have posed as an officer in order to fly the plane home to his wife in Virginia. 

Simon says: "There's conflicting evidence that says he was shot down or crashed due to bad weather. The family have waited nearly 50 years to find the truth. His wife is still alive and the story just needs to be told."

"He was clearly under a lot of pressure and to steal an aircraft is quite a desperate act. We're coming up to the 50th anniversary, so we want to find out exactly what happened."

You can donate to the club's search fund here

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