FOUND! A WW2 Italian fighter Macchi C202 “Folgore” wreck (VIDEO)

By Pierre Kosmidis The ROV Hercules came across the remains of a downed aircraft in Sicily, Italy. The Wing Roundel on this Regia Aeronautica’s aircraft is still visible after 70+ years at the bottom of the sea! This fighter aircraft is a WW2 Italian fighter Macchi C.202 Folgore. SOURCE

Strange fish! Fishermen caught a Corsair F4U-5

By Pierre Kosmidis A post WW2 Corsair, most probably a F4U-5 was lifted off the seabed in Sicily, in 2007. Despite the fact that some researchers claimed it was lost during WW2, in reality no U.S. Corsairs were active in the Mediterranean theatre of operations during the Second World War. See a video here

Aviation Archaeology: Solving the mystery of the Lancaster NN775

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and Research: Cynrik De Decker, Frédéric Pauwels/Collectif Huma, Planehunters and BAHAAT (click links in RED for further reading). It is thanks to the efforts of Aviation enthusiasts that the world finally found out about the sad fate of 7 airmen killed in action in the last days of World War Two. Buried deep in Belgian […]

Battlefield Archaeology: An insider’s view on WW2 battle relics excavation

By Pierre Kosmidis Military archaeology, the research for battlefield relics dating to World War 1 and World War 2 is a widespread practice in many areas across the world. In Europe, the fierce battles fought on the Eastern Front during WW2, produced millions of dead soldiers, many of whom lay where they fell. Groups of […]

Vickers Wellington: A rare WW2 treasure at the seabed of the Aegean Sea

By Pierre Kosmidis PHOTOS: LENA TSOPOUROPOULOU  www.wreckdiving.gr   The Vickers Wellington bomber found in Sifnos Island at the Cyclades, Greece, is one of the few wrecks of its type -if not the only one- that is preserved in such an excellent condition. Another forgotten page from the years of World War II was discovered thanks […]

FOUND! A downed WW2 German Bf109 fighter aircraft frozen in time!

By Pierre Kosmidis The island of Crete, the “graveyard of the nazi fallschirmjagers”, a title earned because of the horrific casualties the German elite paratroopers suffered during the invasion of the island in May 1941, is a battlefield that still yields relics related to the fierce battles fought on the ground, as well as at […]

August 8, 1942: Japanese aerial assault on the U.S. fleet at Guadalcanal and Tulagi

By Pierre Kosmidis On the 7th August 1942, just eight months since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, the United States started its island campaign in the Pacific – the U.S marines landed on the South Solomon islands of Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Florida. The landings themselves were unopposed and the Japanese who had been holding […]

Found and fully restored! The A6M5 Zero 43-188 shot down on June 19, 1944 浜松基地

By Pierre Kosmidis A Mitsubishi A6M5a Zeke Model 52ko Serial Number 4685 Tail Number 43-188 is currently exhibited at Hamamatsu Air Base 浜松基地 in Japan, after being fully restored.  According to research conducted by Pacific Wrecks, this aircraft flew its last mission on June 19, 1944, the first day of the Battle of the Philippine Sea […]