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Wreckage of a WWII bomber found in Croatia

The island of Vis has gained another unusual attraction, which has its roots in the Second World War. After 76 years, the wreck of an American B-24 Liberator bomber named “Impatient Virgin 2” was discovered and identified. The area around the island is a real paradise for wreck divers and history enthusiasts, who can devote
Published: September 18, 2020 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:05
Wreckage of a WWII bomber found in Croatia

The island of Vis has gained another unusual attraction, which has its roots in the Second World War. After 76 years, the wreck of an American B-24 Liberator bomber named “Impatient Virgin 2” was discovered and identified.

The area around the island is a real paradise for wreck divers and history enthusiasts, who can devote many dives to exploration here.

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Marking of B17 bomber Vis divers24.pl The wreckage of the plane is located at a depth of about 100 metres, where it was found by members of the Manta Diving Center from Komiža. Interestingly, a year earlier, the same group found the wreckage of another American B-24 bomber called “Organised Confusion” nearby.

Historical photo of the Impatient Virgin II Vis divers24.pl The latest find was made possible by bearings received from local fishermen. A coarse of advanced technical divers were almost certain to find something interesting on the bottom to reward them for the effort such a serious dive requires.

It means a lot to me to be the first to touch, actually not touch, but to be the first to see the plane after very many years. To be the first is a special gift in life,” said Tom Baier, a German underwater researcher

According to divers from the Manta Diving Center, there should be many more World War II aircraft wrecks in the area. On the basis of available information there are 27 units whose remains should be on the bottom. Only 7 have been discovered so far, so 20 units are still waiting to be found.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
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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