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Remains of two crewmen of World War II fighter plane found in Poland

The fighter-bomber plane was shot down by Germany.

THE REMAINS OF a Soviet fighter-bomber plane and two crew members shot down by Germans in 1945 have been found in a river in central Poland amid extremely low water levels associated with a drought, a museum official said.

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Explorers made the find in the muddy tributary of the Bzura River near the village of Kamion over the weekend.

The remnants of the plane have been moved to a museum in nearby Wyszogrod for examination, with more recovery work planned on Saturday.

The explorers believe it is a P-2 plane.

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The head of the museum, Zdzislaw Leszczynski, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that parts of Soviet uniforms, a parachute, a sheepskin coat collar, parts of boots, the pilot’s personal TT pistol and radio equipment have been found, along with a lot of heavy ammunition.

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The inscriptions on the control panel and on the radio equipment are in Cyrillic.

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Leszczynski said that witnesses had described the plane being hit while flying low in January 1945 and crushing down through the thick ice and into the river. At that time in the area, the German army was retreating toward Berlin before the Red Army’s advance.

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Leszczynski said he has informed the Russian Embassy about the find. He hopes the crew can be identified and buried properly in a military cemetery.

Embassy spokeswoman Valeriya Perezhinskaya said officials were still waiting for a written notification, but considered the find important.

She believed the crew could be identified by the numbers on the wreckage and could be properly buried. About 600,000 Soviet troops were killed fighting the German army on Polish territory.

Recent drought that brought river levels to record low in Poland has allowed access to the remains.

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