American WWII Airplane Found in the Sea Between Vis and Biševo

By 22 February 2019

Croatian Radiotelevision reports on the newest finding in the sea near Vis: an airplane, probably an American WWII airplane found there recently!

A diver from Komiža Andi Marović, recepient of the Blue Ribbon for his efforts in salvaging the Adriatic from the ecological disaster, has found yet another wreck from the World War II. Supposedly it is a B24 bomber airplane, wound in the Biševo channel, and HTV crew was present for the dive. Last year, some divers thought that the spot seemed somewhat suspicious, but recently a piece of aluminium was recovered there, which lead the divers to dive at the spot once more. After 20 minutes at the bottom, and 4 hours of decompression (it was at the depth of 90 meters!), they resurfaced with smiles on their faces. The visibility at the bottom was excellent, so they discovered that the airplane is not in one piece, but most bits are there. 

- You can see the engines and propellers, bits of the body of the plane and many smaller parts such as the landing gear - the divers explained.

The crew has been finding planes around Vis regularly, and they know that there are as many as 27 allied planes from the WWII around Vis. It was an important hub of activity during the war, and you can read more about that here.

They speculate that the WWII airplane found might be the B24 bomber which was forced to land at sea 75 years ago, as historical records report. There were 10 people onboard, 6 parachuters were saved, while the sea claimed the remaining four, as well as the plane.