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The wreckage of a 1944 B-17G bomber has been found in the Szczecin Lagoon

The Museum of Polish Arms in Kolobrzeg has reported that the wreck of a 1944 B-17G bomber is believed to have been located in the Szczecin Lagoon. According to Aleksander Ostasz, director of the Museum of Polish Arms in Kolobrzeg, a very interesting discovery has been made during research work. In the waters of the
Published: September 20, 2022 - 09:00
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 01:19
The wreckage of a 1944 B-17G bomber has been found in the Szczecin Lagoon

The Museum of Polish Arms in Kolobrzeg has reported that the wreck of a 1944 B-17G bomber is believed to have been located in the Szczecin Lagoon.

According to Aleksander Ostasz, director of the Museum of Polish Arms in Kolobrzeg, a very interesting discovery has been made during research work. In the waters of the Szczecin Lagoon, researchers located the wreck of an airplane.

Polish researchers during search with ROV robot

The wing, engine and fuselage are clearly visible. Everything indicates that these may be the remains of an American B-17G bomber, which was shot down on October 7, 1944 reported Alexander Ostash at a press conference.

It is most likely an American B-17G bomber numbered 44-8046 from the 457th Bomb Group of the United States Air Force. The Germans shot it down in 1944 while it was leading a formation of 149 Allied B-17 bombers.

The target of the raid was the synthetic gasoline factory in Police. At this stage, the Allies wanted to cut off the Third Reich from raw materials and fuel supplies so that it would not be able to continue fighting. This would allow a quicker end to hostilities.

Wreck visible on sonar scan

The wreckage of a B-17G bomber

According to available information, the crew of the flying fortress consisted of eleven people. Five of them survived the downing of the aircraft, while three of the crew members who died were buried by the Germans. The fate of the other three is unknown, and to this day they are considered missing. Therefore, researchers do not rule out that their remains may be hidden in the wreckage of the B-17G bomber.

It can be seen that this is a large machine and the region also agrees. So everything points to it being this plane. One hundred percent certainty as of today we do not have, but we will continue to conduct research Ostasz said.

Investigators located the wreckage of the bomber near the site where it previously More than 100 tons of relics have been excavated. Among them were the engine of an American B-17 bomber. As you can see, the indications that seem to confirm the hypothesis of the researchers from the Museum of Polish Arms in Kolobrzeg are numerous.

More studies have been planned

At this point, no one is pursuing the topic of bringing the wreck to the surface. In the next stage of the research, scientists intend to take a closer look at the debris around the wreckage. They hope that with a bit of luck they will be able to come across elements that will allow them to determine with certainty whether this is the wreck of a 1944 B-17G bomber .

Photo: Press materials of the Museum of Polish Arms in Kolobrzeg

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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