The Soviet fighter of the Second World War was raised from the bottom in the area of the bridge under construction across the Kerch Strait, informs the information center “Crimean Bridge”.
Curtiss P-40 American production found in six kilometers from the Taman coast search expedition “Great landing – 2017”. According to the head of the detachment Alexander Elkin, the plane was hit during the Kerch-Eltigen operation in 1943. “Most likely, the pilot was able to land the car on the water and, possibly, survived,” the search engine said.
After the location of the P-40 was installed, the participants of the “Great Assault” asked the builders of the Crimean bridge to raise the fighter from the bottom of the Kerch Strait. “We immediately supported the search engines who applied for help, our entire team responded to each other … For each of us, this is a tribute to the soldiers who fought for our future.We know what fierce fighting was going on the banks and in the strait, we know the price This victory and keep the memory of this feat, “- said the captain of the floating crane Igor Demyanenko.
The fuselage weighing more than 3.5 tons was raised with the help of special equipment. According to experts, the fighter is in very good condition. “Almost perfectly preserved aircraft … When we unearthed, cleared it, we saw even perfectly preserved fragments of paint,” – commented the find deputy director of the Black Sea Center for Underwater Research Viktor Vakhoneev. According to him, the car will be placed on the territory of the 29th coastal battery of the Kerch reinforced sector of coastal defense of the Black Sea Fleet of the USSR.
During the Second World War, the United States supplied the Curtiss P-40 fighter aircraft in the USSR under the Lend-Lease program. From 1941 to 1944, the RKKA Air Force received more than 2,400 combat vehicles of this type.
Original: Строители моста через Керченский пролив подняли со дна самолет времен ВОВ