How undersea robots found long-lost WWII bombers

The families of hundreds of Americans missing in action in Palau since World War II have long wondered what happened to their loved ones. Now cutting-edge oceanographic technology is helping find answers.

To find lost jungle graves, beware of unexploded WWII bombs The cutting-edge tech behind the hunt for lost WWII planes

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