World War II on Lake Michigan

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More than 100 WWII aircraft rest on the bottom of Lake Michigan just off the Chicago shoreline.

This is the story of how they got there.

During World War II, just off Chicago’s shoreline, the US Navy trained over 15,000 carrier pilots on two makeshift “flattops,” both former, coal-fired, side wheel passenger steamers.

Not every pilot landed successfully on the pitching decks of the USS Wolverine and USS Sable and many aircraft went to the Lake bottom.

This is the story of the recovery of those rare warbirds and the ingenious training program that changed the course of the war in the Pacific.

Underwritten exclusively by the Chicago Marine Heritage Society, and its chairman, Capt. Dave Truitt.

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HEROES ON DECK will be broadcast nationally on Public Television stations around Veterans Day, November 2016. For a complete list of broadcast times and dates in your area, check your local station listings.  

In the Chicago area the film will air:  

Thu, Nov 10 at 8:00 pm on WTTW HD

Fri, Nov 11 at 2:00 pm on WTTW Prime 

Sat, Nov 12 at 3:30 am on WTTW HD