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59 years after military crash off Mayport, debris washes ashore

59 years after military crash off Mayport, debris washes ashore


WAITING BACK TO HEAR FROM ST. JOHNS COUNTY.>>>NOW TO STORY YOU WILL SEE ONLY ON OUR WEB SITE. ROUGH SURF ALONG OUR BEACHES THANKS TO HURRICANE IRMA THEN MARIA IS BEING CREDITD WITH HELPING UNCOVER LONG LOST PIECES OF MILITARY HISTORY.>>TAREK HAS REALLY INTRIGUING STORY AND SOME PRETTY DRAMATIC PHOTO OF WHAT THE CANADIAN MILITARY AND FAMILY OF FALLEN PILOT THOUGHT WOULD BE LOST FOREVER AT SEA.>>Reporter: LET ME TAKE YOU BACK TO 1958. 29-YEAR-OLD CANADIANS NAVAL PILOT FLYING A JET TO TAKEN WITH THE U.S. NAVY. HE CRASHED OFF MAYPORT. LOST HIS LIFE AT SEA. VERY LITTLE FROM THE DOWNED AIRCRAFT WAS RECOVERED. UNTIL NOW. PIECES OF PARACHUTE RIGGING. HARNESS. UNIDENTIFIED PIECES OF METAL. ALL WASHED ASHORE LAST FRIDAY AT HANNA PARK. WE HAPPENED TO NOTICE THIS BALL OF STUFF OPEN THE HIGH LINE. OTHER MENTION HE WAS PIT HIMSELF AND ON THE FLIGHT DECK PARK RANGERS KNEW HE FOUND SOMETHING WITH TREMENDOUS HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE.>>I KNEW I FOUND SOMETHING SPECIAL WITH THE STENCIL ON BACK OF THE COAT.>>Reporter: THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE BROUGHT IN AND TOGETHER DID SOME DIGGING. COMPARING PIECE ALSO OF THE MYSTERY. TO DOCUMENTED NAVAL HISTORY. THEY HAD A LIFE VEST WITH THE LETTERS U.S. N. SOME ITEMS WITH SPECIFIC MARKINGS. INCLUDING SERIAL NUMBERS THAT CAN STILL BE READ HELPING MAKE THE CONNECTION WASHINGTON THIS. LS LIEUTENANT TROY EMBROIDERED ON PARACHUTE HARNESS. THE INITIALS FOR THIS NAVY PILOT REPORTED OVERDUE FOR TRAINING AT MAYPORT IN 1958 AND PRESUMED DEAD.>>CANADIAN NAVY ACTUALLY HAD A PLANE THAT WAS COMING HERE TO TRAIN IN 1958 WITH MAYPORT. THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER WERE DOING SOME MANEUVERS HERE WITH THE MAYPORT AND THIS PLANE NEVER ARRIVED SO THEY ASSUMED IT HAD CRASHED.>>Reporter: BECAUSE THE MAYOR CHAT INGOOD CONDITION. POSSIBLY BURIED SOMEWHERE UNDERNEATH THE SAND ONED PEACH BUT NOT IN THE OCEAN.>>OCEAN IS BRUTAL ENVIRONMENT. CLOTH WEICK TO SURVIVE THERE. I SPOKE WITH THE BROTHER BY PHONE UNDERSTANDABLY EMOTIONAL TO CERTAIN SOMETHING THAT BELONGED TO HIS PROPERTIES STILL EXISTS.>>THESE ARE WAR REMAINS. REMAINS OF PILOT THAT THINGS THAT HE WAS WEARING WHEN HE WENT DOW IN A CRASH I KNOW IF IT WAS MY FAMILY I WOULD BE THRILLED TO FIND SOMEBODY FIND IT AND PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED AFTER 58 YEARS AGO. WARM MY HEART AS WELL.>>Reporter: LIEUTENANT TROY BROUGHT LIVES IN CALIFORNIA AND SAYS HEARING FROM ME ABOUT THIS DISCOVERY WAS VERY SPECIAL MOMENT FOR HIM. EVEN THOUGH IT 59 YEARS FAMILY THINKS ABOUT TRAGEDY.>>>I PUT HIM IN COMMON WITH THE JACKSONVILLE THE SO THAT SOME OF THE TREASURES CAN ACTUALLY BE RETURNED BACK TO LIEUTENANT TROY FAMILY ONE DAY.>>DOES THE PARK RANGER THINK THERE’S MORE OUT THERE.>>IT’S AMAZING. PARK RANGER TELLS ME HE ACTUALLY HAD FOUND A PIECE OF APP ARC ACTUAL AIRCRAFT AND THINKS THE PLANE IS NOT FAR OFF THE COAST OF HANNAH PARK SO IF YOU FIND THAWMS WASH ASHORE CALL THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE OR PARK RANGER AT HANNAH PARK. FASCINATING STORY. HE WAS SO EMOTIONAL TO LEARN THAT FINALLY SOMETHING HAD BEEN FOUND ABOUT HIS BROTHER.>>HOPEFULLY A LOT OF RED TAPE WON’T KEEP THAT FRUM THEM.


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