Tag Archive: wreck discovery

Oct 19 2012

Burmese Spitfire excavation to start soon

Since the announcement last April that some 20 Spitfire Mk XIV had been found buried in Burma, very little information has been available concerning this extraordinary discovery. Some observers were understandably sceptical, given the lack of information and rumours stating that there could be 60 or more such Spitfires to be found. These last few …

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Sep 18 2012

Unique Me 323 “Gigant” wreck found off Sardinian coast

Italian researchers claim to have discovered the wreck of a Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant heavy cargo/troop transport off the Sardinian coast. Only 200 Me 323 were built during the war and none has survived to this day, the only remnants of the type being a main spar owned by the Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr (German Air …

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Jul 26 2012

Soviet C-47 discovered in Siberia

The wreckage of a lend-lease Soviet C-47 Dakota was recently discovered in Siberia, in a remarkable state of preservation. Aside from some damage due to the crash, most of the aircraft seems to be in good condition. The aircraft, a C-47-DL with c/n 9118, was turned over to the Soviet Union in February 1943 and …

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Jun 04 2012

Rare Heinkel He 115 recovered from the sea in Norway

After the  recovery of a rare Heinkel He 219 in Denmark in April, a just-as-rare German Heinkel He 115 floatplane has been recovered from the sea near Stavanger in Norway. The aircraft was lying on its back under 60 ft of water since World War II. Although it appears to be in a remarkable state …

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Apr 25 2012

Heinkel He 219 recovered in Denmark

The wreck of a Heinkel He 219 Uhu nightfighter was recovered off the Danish coast on Monday, April 23. The aircraft was lying under ten feet of water in the Tannis Bay. The Heinkel He 219 was solely used by the Germans in World War Two and incoporated what was then advanced technology. Although nearly …

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Apr 22 2012

RAF Tomahawk found in Egypt

A P-40E-1-CU Tomahawk flown by the RAF has been found in the desert in Egypt, near Al Wadi al Jadid. The aircraft is thought to have force-landed there in 1942 and appears to be in a very good state of conservation based on the available pictures.

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Apr 14 2012

Twenty Spitfire discovered buried in Burma to return to the UK

A Spitfire Mk II at Duxford (Photo Brian Proctor (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)).

This is such extraordinary news that one wonders if it can actually be true: the Telegraph reports that twenty Spitfire Mk XIV* that were discovered buried in Burma will be returned to the UK. David Cameron himself, having taken an interest in the case, has asked and obtained permission to recover the aircraft from the …

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Jan 03 2012

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver discovered off Florida coast

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Divers from Jupiter, Florida, have discovered the wreck of a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver lying on its back at a depth of 185 ft. The aircraft seems to be in good shape. Its exact identity is unknown. Source.

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Oct 20 2011

Wreckage of Spitfire recovered in France

Group photo of No. 457 Squadron's pilots at RAF Station Redhill in 1942. William Smith is perhaps one of them. (Australian War Memorial image SUK15004. )

The wreckage of a Spitfire that was shot down in April 1942 was unearthed in Hardifort in Northern France. The remains of the pilot, William James Smith, were found at the crash site. Smith, a 24 year-old Australian, was flying with No 457 Squadron when he was shot down and killed. The aircraft’s wreckage is …

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Jul 26 2011

Missing airmen’s A-17 Nomad found in Canadian lake

A-17 Nomad (USAF Photo)

On December 13, 1940 two RCAF Northrop A-17 Nomad on a search mission for a downed aircraft collided in mid-air and crashed, killing their crews. One of the aircraft and its crew was recovered at the time, but the other aircraft was never discovered. It was flown by Peter Campbell, a 24-year old British, and …

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Apr 24 2011

Unique Do 17Z found off the coast in Kent

A rare Dornier Do 17Z has been located by sonar off the coast of Kent, in the UK.

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