P-39 Airacobra recovered from Mart- Jarv lake Northern Russia

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    P-39 Airacobra recovered from Mart- Jarv lake Northern Russia

    that site has best pics and most of the story is here but here are some other facts and tidbits

    It was a journey that began christmas morning, 1943 in Wheatfield. A P-39 Airacobra, one of the 30,000 planes produced here in Western New York for the war effort, rolls from the hanger and takes off, headed west.

    She was one of 10,000 planes, many from here in Western New York, that were sent to Russia. It was also a bit of WNY technology turned the tide against the Nazi's.

    The P-39 was known as the "flying cannon". She was a force in the air. It was equipped with 2 machine guns in the wings, two more in the nose, a 37 mm cannon in the nose and a state of the art radio system.

    But on a mission in 1944, this plane disappeared

    Fast forward 60 years to July 2004. A fisherman on Lake Mart-Yavr in arctic Russia spotted something under the water.

    A British warbird recovery team was called in and what they found was absolutely astounding.

    The plane was recovered intact. The pilots remains, and medals were still in the cockpit, so was the plane's logbook.

    That history has come full circle. Representatives of The Ira G. Ross Aerospace Museum went to Great Britain and bought the plane. The head conservationist at the Imperial War Museum in Britian told them this is a tremendous acquisition. Not only what was found, but also where it would be going. It is now being rehabbed in the very building in which it was built, the former Bell Aviation plant.

    It is also a treasure-trove of tributes to the plane's history and the people who made it. An even more significant find came after one of the former Rosie the Riviters called up and said "do you know we used to write our names and addresses on parts of the planes?"

    Sure enough, clear as a bell, they found the names Helen Rose on one piece, and Elenor Barbaritano on another. They were written in pencil, preserved like they were written this morning.

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    After more than 60 years, historians found this place and lifted the aircraft from the lake (surprisingly enough, but the aircraft was well preserved). They buried the pilot and even found canned pork.
     
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    Astounding
    that's a powerful piece of history. Finding the pilot, the addresses of the rivetters and the fact that it's being rebuilt in the very building where it was originally manufactured; so many pieces of the jigsaw 'coming home'. Emotive stuff.

    Great find. 8)
     
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    Reckon that;s been posted before...? Interesting none the less!
     
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    That is some preservation. If they get it all fixed up, I wonder where they will display her?
     
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    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
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    Remarkable preservation. Wonder what the plans are for her.
     
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