RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

There's been a discovery reported this week of a fighter plane from World War II uncovered just yards away from a beach in Wales enjoyed by swimmers.

The American P-38 was flying a practice mission back in 1942. Something went wrong with the fuel supply; the pilot made an emergency landing in the surf. He walked away, leaving the plane behind.

Over time, it was buried in the sand, forgotten. The aircraft was first spotted last summer by a family on vacation in Wales.

Preservation groups have been studying it since then. They won't say where it is, but they hope to recover the nearly intact fighter this spring.

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