Tuesday, 29 September 2020 07:19

WWII Plane Found in Black Sea After Crashing 77 Years Ago

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The remains of a Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter aircraft from the Second World War is removed from the Black Sea.

As part of a joint expedition between the Russian Geographical Society and the Russian Ministry of Defense, the plane was taken from the water in Kalamita Bay, near the village of Novofyodorovka, Crimea.

The aircraft entered service with the Black Sea Fleet in 1943, but was required on a training flight to make a water landing only one year later due to a mechanical failure.
'The soldier was moved to a bus, the guards were mobilized,' Anatoly Kalemberg, an expert from the Ministry of Defense's Expeditionary Center, told TASS.


It is assumed that the aircraft will now become an attraction at one of the museums nearby.


'I am a proponent of keeping the aircraft in Crimea, since the history of this aircraft and the past of this regiment are closely connected to the peninsula, and parts and assemblies need to be maintained for this.

The Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter entered service with the Black Sea Fleet in 1943 during the Kerch-Eltigen operation and participated in the liberation of Crimea.

Between 1944 and 1945 the regiment remained on the peninsula as they guarded the airspace during the Yalta Conference.

But this craft, which was piloted by junior lieutenant Vladimir Shishkin, crashed in July 1944.

'Seeing the smoke coming from the engine, he landed on the water. The plane sank after 30 seconds, the pilot sailed to the shore, has a slight head wound.

'Cause of the accident: from the testimony of the pilot and the nature of the engine operation, presumably, the connecting rod broke,' Sergei Ivanov, a researcher at the Institute of Archeology of Crimea of ​​the Russian Academy of Sciences, cited from the official records.

The total flight time recorded in this plane at the time of the accident was 9 hours 25 minutes.

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