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Croatia: Stuka dive-bomber found beneath the waves

Croatia, Zirje
October 3, 2014 at 06:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

The well-preserved remains of a World War II-era Stuka dive-bomber were found off the coast of Croatia, Thursday. The wreck of the German-made aircraft was discovered lying on the bed of the Adriatic.

The Stuka, a ground attack plane officially know as the Junkers Ju 87, was found by divers over 70 years after it was shot down during the war. The two-man aircraft was discovered at a depth of 27 metres (89 ft) close to the island of Zirje.

Although German-made, it is believed the Stuka was being flown by the Italian Air Force when it was shot down. It is thought the aircraft was downed by a Yugoslavian warship in April 1941 when the country was invaded by the Axis powers.

Credit Igor Miholjek, Croatian Conservation Institute

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The well-preserved remains of a World War II-era Stuka dive-bomber were found off the coast of Croatia, Thursday. The wreck of the German-made aircraft was discovered lying on the bed of the Adriatic.

The Stuka, a ground attack plane officially know as the Junkers Ju 87, was found by divers over 70 years after it was shot down during the war. The two-man aircraft was discovered at a depth of 27 metres (89 ft) close to the island of Zirje.

Although German-made, it is believed the Stuka was being flown by the Italian Air Force when it was shot down. It is thought the aircraft was downed by a Yugoslavian warship in April 1941 when the country was invaded by the Axis powers.

Credit Igor Miholjek, Croatian Conservation Institute

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