The Navy pushed aircraft over the side of aircraft carriers, so they could use the space for more important stuff, after the war. I suppose the aircraft were "accounted for", unlike the pistol in a duffel bag?
I have a 1842 Springfield musket, which belonged to someone on my mom's side of the family. Her great-grandfather was a Civil War vet, so it was probably his, right? Now that my mom has passed, there's nobody to question that it was the very musket carried at Vicksburg by "Great Grampa" so-and-so. I still tell the story that way, but my daughters may, in twenty years, remember only the part about a Civil War vet and his musket.