Wreck WA 1001 is the remains of a four-engined aircraft, probably from the Second World War. The clothing recorded on the site suggests that the aircraft was American.
The two most common four engine bombers used by the United States Army Airforce (USAAF) during the Second World War were the B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-24 Liberator.
Initial research showed that the B-17 ‘My Day’ of the 388th Bomber Group crashed into the sea off the Isle of Wight in 1943. The 388th Bomber Group Association was therefore contacted to find out more about this accident and possibly identify the wreck.
Some of the ROV video footage was sent to the Curator of the 388th Bomber Group Collection to verify whether the wreck could be the remains of a B-17. After a first review of the footage, it was concluded that the remains on the seabed were not those of a B-17 bomber, but could be from a B-24 or a British four-engined bomber. Further footage was then sent to the 388th Bomber Group Collection and the RAF Museum in Hendon, both of which confirmed that the remains are of a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, lying upside down.