Battle of Midway bomber moves through Nebraska

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- The Nebraska State Patrol found a bit of World War II history on the road on Friday.

The NSP's Carrier Enforcement Division stopped a truck hauling a Douglas SBD Bomber on I-80 near North Platte.

It was used in the Battle of Midway in June of 1942. The plane took damage and was then used for training pilots on how to land on aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan.

During that training, a pilot missed the deck and put it in the water. The pilot survived, but the plane sat at the bottom of the lake until 2011 when it was recovered.

The Nebraska State Patrol shared the story on social media, saying that the vehicle was over width, requiring an NDOT permit.

Troopers say the family of the pilot is now paying for it to be restored. It will then go to the Aircraft Carrier Museum in San Diego.

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