In the village of Anissara, near Hersonissos, you can admire the remains of Messerschmitt Bf 109, which, 800 meters from the shoreline, rest on the seabed. It was a relatively small one-seater machine, which was the basic type of fighter aircraft used by the German air force. Today for wreckers, this wreck is one of the biggest attractions that can be enjoyed in the middle of Crete.
The plane located by the coast of Hersonissos comes from the time of World War II, but most probably it was not shot down during the biggest battles in the area of Crete, that is during the "Mercury" operation. It is highly probable that the machine comes from a later period of war. Military experts have identified this fighter as Messerschmitt Bf 109 in version G-6, which was produced only from 1942-43.
Despite the usual meticulousness of German documentation regarding the history of military units, unfortunately, no information related to this event has been found so far. So far, the only thing that remains is speculation.
The main damage to this aircraft was caused by contact with water. It can therefore be presumed that launching was forced by some mechanical failure. Despite the fact that the wreck is divided into several parts, which are scattered at the bottom of the sea, most of them are still well preserved. Inside the plane, complete armament with ammunition is visible. The front part of the hull including the engine and propeller is located at a depth of 24 meters. About 80 meters behind the main remains is the tail of the plane.
If you have the right skills and qualifications to allow you to dive with a bottle and you plan to spend your holidays in the central-eastern part of Crete, then you should add this attraction to your plans.
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