Perfectly preserved Nazi plane unearths secrets of WWII

  • [Tuesday] 22nd Apr,2014
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A belt buckle bearing Nazi insignia, a shaving brush and a pair of boots were among items found within a sunken World War Two war plane which have helped to solve the mystery of its disappearance, Daily Mail reported yesterday.

The Luftwaffe plane was found at the bottom of the Black Sea by a team of divers nearly 70 years after it vanished mid-flight, the report said.

The fate of the aircraft and its nine crew members had remained a mystery since it was reported missing in 1942.

Underwater photographer Andrey Nekrasov, 42, was part of the team which found the wreckage 23 metres beneath the surface off the Ukrainian coast, near Odessa, according to the report.

Divers recovered a pair of boots, which suggested that some of the crew survived the crash-landing.

A shaving brush, toothpaste and a toothbrush, a torch, part of a pair of goggles, a briefcase and some colourful maps were also recovered, the report said.

The team of divers also found a thermos flask signed 'Wichert', as well as a belt buckle signed 'Wich'.
 
It was later discovered that one of the crew was called Wichert.

Using these items, Mr Nekrasov and his team determined the wreck was a transport flight carrying nine passengers which had been reported missing in early 1942, at a time when the Soviet Army had been on the offensive on the Eastern Front, according to the report.