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The B-17 bomber

In front of the famous citadel of Calvi, the seabed shelters the vestiges of a B-17, American bomber of the years 1940 whose wreck lies 200 meters of the coast, on a bottom of sand and poseidonia, with a depth of between 23 and 27 meters. Diving does not present any particular difficulties. The reasons for the crash of the B-17 bomber are known. On February 14, 1944, while stationed in the south of Italy in Foggia, it flew away on his last mission: the bombing of the Verona marshalling yard, with Captain Frank Chaplik at the helm. As the B-17 bomber approached its target, it left its trajectory, separated from its unit and was attacked by German fighters.

Having suffered great damage, the B-17 bomber could not hope to return to his base. The nearest allied airport was located in Calvi, but the track was too short to accommodate bombers of this size! It was then that Captain Chaplick made the decision to land on the water with the only remaining engine. When the bomber touched the waves, the survivors had a few minutes to abandon it before the plane sunk silently into the water. When visibility is good, it is possible to see the plane almost from the surface. The B-17 bomber had a wingspan of 31.6 meters.

The wreck is almost unchanged since its accident. The engines are still present and only the nose of the plane that crashed during the makeshift landing, was lost. The shallow depth makes it possible to remain underwater for a long time to carefully inspect the wreck, under which big congers hide and, in the cockpit, under the pilot's seat, one can also find moray eels.

Published date: January 2, 2019 Modified date: December 31, 2019 Published by / Owner : Diving Lessons Training Padi

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