Ebeye Fighter


Local Name:

Ebeye Fighter

Depth:

This wreck is resting on a 135 foot bottom. The wreck itself is just about reachable with our 130 foot dive limits.

Anchoring:

This is an area where it is generally a flat sandy bottom with not much to snag with the anchors. I'd suggest going over the wreck and dropping a weight with some line attached to a float to mark the location of the wreck. Anchor as close as you can to it and follow the line to your float down to the wreck. Do this on a calm day!

Location:

Latitude Longitude
Degrees Minutes Seconds Degrees Minutes Seconds
8 46 39.600 167 44 .600
8 46.66000 --------- 167 44.01000 ---------
8.77766 --------- --------- 167.73350 --------- ---------

Notes:

I have dove on this a couple times before I was taking photos. I am not sure if anyone has identified the type of plane that it is. The wreck lies inverted on the bottom. The tail is missing. A small (~100 lb??) bomb is semi-attached to the starboard wing. A large pontoon lies near the wreck in the sand. I recall a metal prop that I believe was 3 bladed. There were some long/narrow hinged door running down the center of the fuselage that were maybe 10-12 inches wide (I forget how long - I need to go back and look at this more closely). Some folks have suggested this might be a Rufe, but I am not sure. I don't think so. This might be a job for my wreck hunting video camera. I'll try to go back sometime when the winds are low.

As a side note, I had some concern about the accuracy of this waypoint, but on 2/17/2007 (Stateside date) Bob Hamel and Tim Hall dropped a weight with an attached float at the coordinates listed and dove the wreck while Scott Phillips served as boat watch. They tell me that the weight that they dropped was within 20 feet of the wreck, so I'd say that the waypoint is good!

Photos:

Well, I never did get a chance to dive this wreck with a camera, but luckily Bob Hamel and Tim Hall dove this and the photos are starting to trickle in! Thanks Guys! Here's the first photo that I received taken on 2/17/2007 (Stateside date). I am hoping that between this and any photos that follow we migth be able to identify this wreck. If anyone has any info that would be helpful in identifying this wreck, please drop me a note!

Photo by Bob Hamel and Tim Hall



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