Found, salvaged and restored: A Bf109 at a depth of 17 metres (56 feet) of water

WW2, WW2 Wrecks

By Pierre Kosmidis

Photos by Robert Peczkowski 

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On May 28, 1944 at 08:31 hrs a Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6, W.Nr. 163306, ‘Red 3’, crashed into a lake near Gebbert (today Jaworz in northwest Poland) airbase during a transfer flight, causing the death of its pilot Feldwebel Ernst Pleines of 2 Staffel, Jagdgruppe West.

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The wreck was discovered in June 1999 in 17 metres (56 ft.) of water and was subsequently recovered by Rekin Diving Club.

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It is now located at Fundacja Polskie and occasionally dispalayed in the Muzeum Lotnictwa, in Poland.

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CREDIT: All photos used with permission by Robert Peczkowski

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Robert Pęczkowski has written a number of books including the major work in English on the Polish air Force of WW2.
Robert Pęczkowski has written a number of books including the major work in English on the Polish air Force of WW2.