2008 News Archive - Holidays - WW2 plane to be raised off coast of Crete

07 11 2008

Holidaymakers in Crete might soon be able to watch a salvage operation in action.

The Hellenic Air Force is to attempt to rescue a German fighter plane from the second world war from the sea, on the coast of Hania.

Ana-mpr.gr reports that the salvage unit is to look at the possibility of pulling up the Messerschmitt Bf 109 as well as searching other remnants in the Maleme region, with the aim of adding them to the neighbouring Air Force Museum.

The plane is said to be one of 210 Luftwaffe planes that were shot down by the allies during the Battle of Crete.

According to the news agency, the aircraft is still in relatively good condition, with the manufacturer's insignia intact and parts of the engine and fuselage unworn.

Hania's official website claims that the prefecture offers "a heavenly and pure land brimming with natural beauty, history, memory and culture".

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