Souvenirs from World War II – Part 2
World War II was over 70 years ago, but to this day you can still find old wrecks or weapons. Check out our second part of souvenirs from World War II.
Wrecks Of Micronesia
On the day when Allied forces landed in Normandy, the US Army set off a huge fleet from Pearl Harbor to Mariana Islands. Americans wanted to break the first ring of defense of Japan and to gain favorable positions for ships and airports. A few days later, the islands were covered in blood of more than 60,000 victims and more than 10,000 wounded. Today, these volcanic islands are again a tropical paradise. Only wrecks remind us that this paradise 70 years ago has become a hell.
Heinkel He 115, Norway
Heinkel He 115 has been taken up from the Hafrsfjord near Stavanger, Norway in June 2012. It was a seaplane, so it was better protected against corrosion. This allowed it to survive in excellent condition.
Douglas A-20 Havoc, Poland
The wreck of an American light bomber was discovered in 2013 near Oksywia, Poland. This is one of the seventeen existing planes.
Junkers Ju-87 Stuka, Croatia
Symbol of German aviation was discovered in 2014, 27 meters below the surface. The machine belonged to Italian Royal Air Force, and was shot down by the Royal Yugoslavian Navy flotilla. After WWII, there were only 200 Stukas, but only two complete machines preserved to this day.
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress „Ethel”, Italy
When Sergeant Ralph Truesdale painted the name of his wife (“Ileen Lois”) on the turret, he could not expect that 70 years later it will be used to identify the wreckage of the bomber. The machine was shot down in January 1944. The crew managed to jump out of a plane and survive the crash. The inscription on the tower lasted much longer than the marriage of Ralph and Lois, divorced in 1947.
Sd.Kfz. 10, Germany
The Sd.Kfz. 10 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug – special motorized vehicle) was a German half-track that saw very widespread use in World War II. Its main role was as a prime mover for small towed guns such as the 2 cm FlaK 30, the 7.5 cm leIG, or the 3.7 cm PaK 36 anti-tank gun. Wreck of this characteristic half-track was found the beginning of 2014 during excavations at the railway station in Euskirchen, Germany.
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk, Egypt
In 1942, the RAF Sergeant Dennis Copping took off his damaged Curtiss on routine mission. He wanted to transport the aircraft to another airport, but he had never reached the destination. Seventy years later, an employee of an oil company discovered the wreck. The well-preserved site of the accident revealed the tragic story of the pilot. He was shut down, but a lack of corpses and a makeshift shelter lead to a conclusion that the pilot survived the crash. The pilot decided not to wait for rescue. A few months after finding the wreckage, human remains, the RAF buttons and part of the parachute were found three miles away from the wrecked plane.