Sunken British bomber found off Sweden

Undersea crash site was kept secret to prevent trophy hunters

Author: Pat
3rd February 2012
 

A World War 2 Halifax bomber that ditched in the sea off Sweden has been located by divers.

The remains of the RAF Halifax lie off the southern Swedish coast, some 6 miles from Kampinge Bay.

A university-backed diving project first located aircraft wreckage back in the summer of 2011.

However, the team decided to keep their find secret until identification could take place, to protect the site from trophy hunters.

The site was also kept secret from the public in order for the Swedish military to remove large quantities of ammunition.

Metal remains from the four-engined Halifax heavy bomber lie scattered over a 100-metre area.

Records suggest the plane is one that was struck by lightning on August 3rd, 1943, causing engine failure and forcing the crew to ditch in neutral Sweden.

All seven crew members bailed out safely, although the pilot reportedly landed on top of a cow…

 
 
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