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.