Dive in! Take a virtual 56-metre underwater tour of an aircraft wreck dating back to WWII
If you’re not a deep-sea diver but fascinated by history and historical wrecks, you’re in for a real treat.
Via Heritage Malta’s Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit, you could explore a virtual dive to the wreck of the B-24 Liberator, an American heavy bomber that was used in World War II, and is one of the world’s most produced multi-engine aircraft, used extensively throughout the war.
Heritage Malta explains that the aircraft, which lies on a sandy seabed approximately 1.5km south-west of Marsaxlokk at a depth of 56 metres, was used in May 1943 for an attack on Reggio Calabria, which saw two waves of B-24’s, totalling 50 aircraft, coming from North Africa and raining bombs on the Italian region.
One of these developed engine trouble and attempted a landing at Luqa airport, which failed and forced the crew to ditch the plane into the sea. Of the 10 crew members, 9 survived and one remains unaccounted for.
The wreck was discovered in 2015 through a remote sensing survey, and in 2016, a team from the University of Malta and the Armed Forces of Malta investigated the site, with excavations taking place in 2018 and 2019.
While the whole wing structure of the B-24 Liberator remains well-preserved, the nose of the aircraft is destroyed and the cockpit is torn open.
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