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Russia: Excavation team find WWII Luftwaffe plane and pilot01:27

Russia: Excavation team find WWII Luftwaffe plane and pilot

Russian Federation, Kholmskaya, Krasnodar Krai
May 12, 2016 at 12:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage released on Wednesday shows a Russian WWII memorial organisation, Kuban Platsdarm, unearthing a Luftwaffe Bf-109 Messerschmitt fighter plane and its pilot, near Krymsk in the Krasnodar Territory, on Saturday April 30.

Removed from a swamp, the aircraft was in remarkably good condition, due to the mud and various engine fluids combining to provide an almost ideal environment to preserve the plane. The aircraft is believed to have been shot down by a Soviet plane in the skies over southern Russia, before crash landing and being submerged in the swamp for 73 years.

Kuban Platsdarm was founded in 2014, working to search for unknown and unaccounted for World War II soldiers. During that time they have located over 150 aircrafts, as well as the remains of many who served in the Second World War.

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Footage released on Wednesday shows a Russian WWII memorial organisation, Kuban Platsdarm, unearthing a Luftwaffe Bf-109 Messerschmitt fighter plane and its pilot, near Krymsk in the Krasnodar Territory, on Saturday April 30.

Removed from a swamp, the aircraft was in remarkably good condition, due to the mud and various engine fluids combining to provide an almost ideal environment to preserve the plane. The aircraft is believed to have been shot down by a Soviet plane in the skies over southern Russia, before crash landing and being submerged in the swamp for 73 years.

Kuban Platsdarm was founded in 2014, working to search for unknown and unaccounted for World War II soldiers. During that time they have located over 150 aircrafts, as well as the remains of many who served in the Second World War.

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