By Pierre Kosmidis
Photos by Robert Peczkowski
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.
The wreck was discovered in June 1999 in 17 metres (56 ft.) of water and was subsequently recovered by Rekin Diving Club.
It is now located at Fundacja Polskie and occasionally dispalayed in the Muzeum Lotnictwa, in Poland.