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Mammoth, sunken Nazi WWII plane discovered in Sardinia


(ANSA) – Cagliari, September 12 – The wreckage of the only
known example of a mammoth, Nazi-era, German airplane was found
by a diver in waters near the Italian island of Sardinia.
The Me-323 "Gigant" was the largest land-based transport
aircraft used in World War II.
The German airforce produced about 200 models of the plane,
which had a 55-metre wingspan and six engines.
The planes were 10 metres tall, 30 metres long and weighed
45 tonnes.
Military history buff and diver Cristina Freghieri found
the sunken wreckage 64 metres under the sea near La Maddalena
archipelago at the northeastern tip of Sardinia, after a
year-long hunt through archives and history studies.
The Me-323 was shot down by a British plane during an air
battle on July 26, 1943.
A Milan bookseller specialized in military history tipped
Freghieri off to recent work by a historian retracing the flight
of the British plane, locating the area where it had downed the
German transport plane.
In early January, Freghieri went to La Maddalena and began
dropping a wire-guided camera into the water.
A local fisherman, Mario Vitello, took her to a location
where he thought the plane had gone down.
She began trying the area on May 27 and found the sunken
plane the next day.
"It was a dive, a little forced due to fatigue from the
morning's work. It was a pure emotional charge to suddenly see
the airplane in the veiled blue of the sea. First we saw a piece
of a sheet of metal, then another until the plane appeared, in
an explosion of images, in all its beauty. My heart skipped a
beat," Freghieri said.
Freghieri's friend, Aldo Ferrucci, accompanied her on her

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