By Pierre Kosmidis
Not far from the northern coast of Crete, close to Anissaras, at approximately 800 metres from the beach, in a sandy seafloor, 27 metres under the surface, a German Messerschmitt Bf109 fighter aircraft is lying upside down, frozen in time.
Underwater photographer Philippos Marakis, born in 1982 in Crete, captured unique photos of this aircraft wreck and shares them with www.ww2wrecks.com
It seems likely that this specific Bf109 was not shot down during the Battle of Crete in 1941, code named “Operation Mercury”.
Experts have possibly identified this specific aircraft as a Bf 109 G-6 model variant, which was produced from 1942 to 1943, that is after the Battle of Crete.
“On 22 February, 1944 we sank a small cargo ship and then these Kraut fighters got on our tail and ran our ass the whole way around the eastern
end of the island.”
Pisonya’s gunners were credited with shooting down an Me-109 and a Ju-88 over the Aegean.
Philippos Marakis describes his scuba diving expedition at this WW2 aircraft wreck:
“The emotion I feel in each wreck dive is always interwoven with the conditions and the nature of the wreck. Were there any people who lost their lives or not? What caused this wreck?
All these questions affect the way you think about the wreck, not as a lifeless pile of metal, but as a flying machine that once was piloted by a human being. The good thing is that the aircraft wreck, because of the relatively easy access by boat is easily visited if you know the coordinates, the bad thing is that on the day I went to photograph it, the conditions for photography were hardly ideal.
Due to bad weather during the previous days backscatter made every effort for some good quality “clicks” almost impossible.
The fuselage of the aircraft is, as I have been informed by locals, relatively close. The propeller has detached from the engine block and the aircraft is upside down on the seabed.”
Anissaras in Crete (source: Google Maps)
Despite the fact that Germans kept a detailed documentation of all of their aircraft losses during WW2, research so far has failed to give concrete evidence on the destruction of this specific Bf109.
The search continues!
Philippos Marakis, combined his love for the sea and photography and is an icthyologist.
You can check Philippos Marakis’ photography at the following links:
email info [at] philmarakis dot com