Skip to comments.Rescuing a Russian World War II bomber that was preserved in the mud of a swamp (my title)
Posted on 04/28/2019 1:44:19 AM PDT by vannrox
Already two years history enthusiasts try to rescue pieces of evidence and remains from the WW2 plane crash. It crashed into swamps which makes it much harder to access it. This year they got advanced and found a pilot body, one of the two.
They found his personal belongings including the driver license which helped to identify the pilot.
The WW2 parachute raised from the swamp in an almost perfect condition.
Pilots hat spent 76 years in a swamp.
His medical bag.
And a bag with papers and a map.
This is an actual place where they make their discoveries a hole in the ground in the swamp.
Both his hats the red star still is holding, the threads didnt decay.
Pieces of his DB-3 plane.
Piece of a planes dashboard.
Pilots driving license.
More pieces of the plane.
Here is his driving license, he could drive motorcycles only. His name was Alexandr Osidntsev you can even see a piece of his photo.
This is how the plane looked like.
As you can see its a pretty dirty work.
This things were raised from 5 meter deep inside of a swamp.
A death id every pilot carried. He didnt bother filling it.
Pieces of a plane.
A parachute, was made in December 1940.
Red flag was found in the pilots cabin.
Also his fur boots and socks.
This emblem is holding on the hat since 76 years later.
This was a leather mask protecting pilots face from wind and cold.
Piece of a map still can read names of the local villages.
Leutenant Senior was pilots rank.
Medical bag has a piece of orange medical harness still intact and preserved its color.
Iodine tincture even its paper packaging is still intact.
Pieces of a dashboard.
A commanders book.
Personal belongings of the pilot.
That red flag.
Pilots ID is a very rare occasion to be found intact.
Hope you liked the story!
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If it is so well done, why do you feel the need to make up your own titles?
I can't see most of the photos you have re-posted. Better to go to the web site and wander through, viewing what you find interesting. It has indexes by date and subject.
The Russkies are draining their swamp too? Who woulda thought!
The preservation of the documents is remarkable.
A paper ‘dead id’? Did they not use metal “dog tags” for those in the Red Army or Air Force?
Yes, it was quite interesting.
Thanks for posting. Just a side note but to me that plane looks a lot like a B-26. For some reason.
I worked one summer in the old Soviet, just after the breakup. Wonderful people for the most part - horrible system. Vast country.
The train photos, should you look those over - are most fascinating.
“...to me that plane looks a lot like a B-26...” [OKSooner, post 12]
The resemblance of the images posted to Martin’s B-26 is pretty weak. Beyond a glassed-in nose (which in the B-26 was of different shape & smaller extent), two panel windscreen, dorsal turret, and single vertical stabilizer, nothing really matches.
It’s tough to tell from the posted images, but the closest match appears to be the Ilyushin Il-4, earlier versions of which were called DB-3. Expert analysts divide their opinion on a number of Soviet aircraft from WW2’s earlier days.
Martin’s B-26 had a nosewheel, while no Soviet medium bomber of the day was equipped with anything except tailwheel undercarriage. In the B-26, there was no dorsal extension to the control cabin as seen in the posted image.
Missing from the posted image are the B-26’s air intakes, mounted at 10 and 2 o’clock on the upper edge of each engine cowl, with squared openings.
Furthermore, the posted image shows a low-wing airframe, while the B-26 had a shoulder-mounted wing.
Martin built over 5,200 B-26s. Outside their USAAF service, they equipped UK, Free French, South African, and Turkish forces. None were supplied to the USSR.
The Soviets liked some Western aircraft and copied when they felt like doing so, making over 6000 Li-2s under license (DC-3/C-47), and over 800 Tu-4s, copies of Boeing’s B-29. If they copied the B-26, little is known about the project in the West.
More than one Allied warplane of the early 1940s bears some resemblance to the B-26. North American built the XB-28, a pressurized high-altitude bomber originally intended to replace the B-25. It had a fuselage of circular cross-section, glassed nose, radial engines with nacelles that were big enough to stow the main under carriage when it retracted, and a large single vertical fin. Never got beyond the experimental stage.
I think I see the problem.
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