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« on: Tuesday, 10 October, 2017 @ 03:15:27 »

Air crash expert visits WW2 wreck in Greece and was amazed with what he found

For many years Jim Corbett has investigated the North East sites of scores of air crashes, many of them wartime losses.

And while on a family holiday in Greece, Jim continued his interest by diving on what is left of the wreck of a British aircraft shot down in the Second World War.

Jim is a member of the Air Crash Investigation and Archaeology Group, researching and recording historic aircraft accidents in Northern England and Southern Scotland, and other sites across the UK.

At his holiday destination this year in Kefalonia in Greece, Jim learned of the crash site of a Bristol Beaufighter just off shore and that a local diving team led beginner dives to the location.

His research has revealed that in July 1944, the Beaufighter two-man crew of John Shaw and Harold Yorke was part of a sweep along the Aegean sea, which involved an attack on the harbour of Fiskardo.

Hit by anti-aircraft fire, the plane crashed into the sea.

Jim learned that the aircraft had remained intact until the 1960s when it was mainly salvaged for scrap.

“Even today, in some of the more rural parts, pieces of the aircraft are still being utilised in domestic appliances such as pots and pans,” said Jim.