This is the wreckage of a P-39 Airacobra that crashed near Harsens Island on December 12, 1943. The engine caught on fire and the plane fell from 5000 feet, exploding on impact with the water. The pilot was Nathaniel Rayburg, a Tuskegee Airman, at Selfridge Field for advanced fighter training. He was also a well-known golfer and sports writer. There is still a significant amount of debris on the river bottom at the crash site. 

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