aircraft of WWII was recovered from the Traunsee in Austria
by Sandy Air Corp.
The P47 was known about for sixty years and was often
discussed at 405FG reunions. The loss had even been
covered in a book on the 405FG in 1986 but it had still
taken nearly sixteen years for someone to initialize
a possible salvage.
Finally, in April 2005, nearly sixty years to the day since
she was lost, '29150 was finally located by sonar and the
next day the pictures were finally seen from the ROV.
'29150 had been located a third of the way up the lake and
about 600 feet out from the Eastern shore. Her depth was
210 feet and she was lying upside down in the silt of the lake
bottom. Having been protected by the depth, cold and silt,
'29150 still looked in very good condition, although some
damage to the lower fuselage was quite visible.
Trojan Aircraft Services funded the search and recovery
and was invited to accompany Sandy Air Corp as guests
and advisers during its recovery.