Tribute honors B-24 bombers that went missing off Shinnecock Inlet in 1944

The B-24 bomber disappeared on April 7, 1944 after making one final transmission.

For decades, the fate of the missing crafts

For decades, the fate of the missing crafts had remained a mystery. Then, last spring, a local fisherman found a rusted piece of landing gear that was later identified as belonging to one of the missing B-24s. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

EAST FARMINGDALE - A touching tribute was given today to the crews of two B-24 bombers that disappeared off of Shinnecock Inlet exactly 70 years ago.

A total of 22 roses were dropped onto the sea from a vintage C-47 military plane. The roses were dropped in memory of the 22 men who lost their lives when the planes vanished during a WWII training mission in 1944.

For decades, the fate of the missing crafts had remained a mystery. Then, last spring, a local fisherman found a rusted piece of landing gear that was later identified as belonging to one of the missing B-24s.

The piece of landing gear is now on display at the American Air Power Museum in Farmingdale.

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