We recently published that divers in the German army were rescuing a Stuka plane from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. However, the analysis of the remains that have been recovered during the last week has allowed researchers to know that it is a completely different type of aircraft, even though just as peculiar.
The spokesman for the German Museum of Military History, Sebastián Bangert, affirms that they have managed to re-float enough to know that not a JU87 Stuka single engine, but a JU88 twin engine. Both devices shared several parts, such as engines, so that the remains that lay on the seabed they were easily confused. The difference is that now they have managed to recover a section of the wing that shows that it is the JU88.
“It looked like the Stuka in the underwater photographs and all they had brought us had been parts that were used in the JU87 so there was no reason to doubt it.”, Explains Bangert, while classify this finding as “more relevant, historically speaking”.
Besides having corrected the identification of the plane, the experts have found several human remains, among which is a skull, which they hope to be able to associate with a soldier of the time. Bangert clarifies: “Right now there is someone who only knows that his grandfather or great grandfather disappeared during the war, so our goal is to help him close that chapter. Also, for us as a history museum, the plane is the only way to convey information about the history behind the airplane, the personnel who manned it, etc..”.
Although the Junkers JU87 it was better known than JU88, the truth is more units of the latter were produced. The JU88 twin engine served as dive bomber, but also adopted other functions, such as the tactical bomber or the night fighter.
Today only a few JU88s remain intact or almost intact, including one in the RAF Museum in London, which happens to have one of the two remaining full JU87s.
The recovery operation will end on Friday But considering that more than half of the plane is still buried at the bottom of the sea, Bangert is hopeful that they will return shortly to finish the job.
Passionate about History, he has a degree in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication. Since he was little he loved history and ended up exploring the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries above all.