Junkers Ju-87 found at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea
Divers managed to find an incredible relic of the World War II – the German Junkers Ju-87 dive bomber at the bottom of the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia.
History of the find Ju-87R2
This is probably one of two Ju-87R2 bombers of the Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) lost during the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941 (Balkan campaign of World War II). Yugoslav army fighters shot down two of these planes on 12 April 1941, when they attacked ships of the Yugoslav fleet in the Gulf of Yadrovac near Sibenik. One bomber fell on land and its crew was killed, but the other was able to land on the water (which is an achievement in itself, given that the landing gear of the found aircraft could not be retracted), and it is very likely that this aircraft was discovered by divers in September, 2014.
The Invasion of Yugoslavia, also known as the April War
The Yugoslav operation, also known as the April War, is a military operation carried out by the Axis countries (Germany, Italy, Hungary) and Croatia, which declared the independence during the conflict, against Yugoslavia during the Second World War.
The operation lasted from 6 to 17 April 1941, when an armistice was signed between Germany and Yugoslavia on the basis of the latter’s unconditional surrender. The attack was carried out from several sides at once: from the territories of Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania annexed by the Italians, as well as directly from the territory of Germany (Austria). Simultaneously with the operation in Yugoslavia, the Germans launched an invasion of Greece. In the course of a short military confrontation, the armed forces of Yugoslavia were defeated and the royal government fled. The country’s territory remained partially occupied until May 1945.