Bunker Archaeology: The WW2 178 mm coastal artillery emplacement of Fleves island, by Konstantinos Kirimis

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and information submitted by researcher and author Konstantinos Kirimis, used by permission Author and researcher Mr. Konstantinos Kirimis, from Greece, has conducted extensive and systematic investigation and on site exploration of WW2 bunkers and other fortifications. One such bunker and artillery positions complex, located at Fleves island, still survives to this day, reminding […]

Η πυροβολαρχία των 178 χιλ. του Ναυτικού Οχυρού Φλεβών, από τον Κωνσταντίνο Κυρίμη

By Pierre Kosmidis Φωτογραφίες: Κωνσταντίνος Κυρίμης, δημοσίευση κατόπιν αδείας Ο κύριος οπλισμός του «Ναυτικού Οχυρού Φλεβών (Ν.Ο.Φ.)» ήταν μια πυροβολαρχία (τεσσάρων πυροβόλων) των 178 χιλιοστών, εγκατεστημένη σε δεσπόζον ύψωμα, στο μέσο του νησιού. Τα πυροβόλα (όλα είχαν αφαιρεθεί από το παροπλισμένο θωρηκτό «Λήμνος») βρίσκονταν εδραιωμένα σε μεγάλες τσιμεντένιες βάσεις, με διάμετρο 9 μέτρων. Ο σύγχρονος επισκέπτης, […]

The WW2 “flying coffin” that never returned: The search for the lost Beaufort

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos and info by Pamela Harrison In a solemn ceremony, the relatives of  Flying Officer Arthur Aitken and Flight Sergeant Peter Hastie threw flowers on to the ocean gently lapping the shore. It was on the 72nd anniversary since the ill-fated RAAF Beaufort A9-317 took off from RAAF Busselton Air Base on September 9, 1943, never to be […]

Wartime graffiti: Soldier artists turn their barracks into an art gallery

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos: Markos Spanos Leros Island in the Dodecanese, Greece,  was a theatre of fierce fighting in 1943, marking the last German victory of strategic importance in the Aegean, with the Operation code named “Taifun”. READ MORE: Battlefield Archaeology: The rare relics of Leros, 1943   The Battles for Kos and Leros, 1943 – […]

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 […]

The WW2 Pacific Treasures of Kwajalein Lagoon by Dan Farnham Part 14: Exploring the graveyard of the 11 PBJ-1H Mitchell aircraft wrecks of US Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB-613)

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos, text and research submitted by Dan Farnham, used by permission Designed in 1938, the B-25 ‘Mitchell’ started out as a private, in-house design by the North American Aviation company, and was designated the NA-40B, for North American Model 40B. The NA-40B was originally intended to be an attack bomber for export to […]

The rare warbirds of the Hellenic Air Force Museum

By Pierre Kosmidis   The Hellenic Air Force Museum, located at Dekelia Air Base (ICAO: LGTT), at the north of Athens, features some unique aircraft, ranging from WW2 to today. The Air Base started operating in 1918 and features a single runway with a length of 1764 metres. The airport is currently used by the […]