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WWII Plane Wreck On Bottom Of Baltic Sea Not JU87 Stuka Divebomber, But Larger JU88 Aircraft

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BERLIN -- It looked like a Stuka, partly buried in the muck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, but researchers now say the wreck German military divers have been recovering for the past week is a totally different – but nearly as rare – World War II aircraft.

German Military Historical Museum spokesman Capt. Sebastian Bangert said Friday that enough of the plane has now been recovered to make clear it is not a single-engined JU87 Stuka divebomber, but a twin-engine JU88 aircraft.

The two Junkers planes shared several parts – including the engines on many models – and from the way it sat in the seabed Bangert says it appeared to have been a JU87.

But now that a wing section is up, he says it's clearly the larger JU88.

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