Archaeologists discover buried fighter plane ME 109 in Hungary

Near at the end of World War II, the toughest aerial opponents of the Russians were the ME-109 pilots of the 101st Fighter Group of the Royal Hungarian Air Force - also called "Pumas". The 101st Fighter Group consisted of three 16-plane squadrons. Captain B. J., commandant of one of the squadrons has been on a mission on 4th November 1944, where he was shot by russian flak.

One part of the airscrew of the ME 109 fighter plane found in Hungary.
One part of the airscrew of the ME 109 fighter plane found in Hungary.
The engine block of the crashed Messerschmitt ME 109 (formerly BF 109).
The engine block of the crashed Messerschmitt ME 109 (formerly BF 109).

When Captain B. J. was hit by the russian flak, he did a forced landing near to the city of Abony, 6 km behind the front line in Pest county, Hungary. It is located around the national capital Budapest. The pilot died during this crash landing on 4th November 1944. Because of the russian occupation his remains has been buried together with the rest of his fighter plane in 1948 to hide it from the enemy.

Miscellaneous fighter plane parts including conduits and trunking.
Miscellaneous fighter plane parts including conduits and trunking.
Bombs discovered with the buried fighter plane.
Bombs discovered with the buried fighter plane.

The archeologists from Hungary were looking for the buried airplane with the modern geophysical instrument Future I-160. By analyzing the three-dimensional computer graphics, created with the software Visualizer 3D, the team was able to locate the exact location of the buried fighter plane ME 109. The fighter plane ME 109 was the standard airplane of the German airforce during World War II.

A lot of fighter plane parts located with Future I-160.
A lot of fighter plane parts located with Future I-160.
A larger part of the fighter plane wing.
A larger part of the fighter plane wing.

After takeover of the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke by Willy Messerschmitt, the previously produced BF 109 has been renamed into ME 109. The Messerschmitt ME 109 was a single seater fighter plane of the 1930s and 1940s. It was produced in a total of about 33000 airplanes. The ME 109 was developed by the german airforce as an air superiority fighter, as interceptor against bombers and used as fighter-bomber (low flying) against ground targets. In tactical senses the ME 109 has been better or at least equal compared to the British fighter planes. In medium and high altitudes, it was faster than the Spitfire and in all heights significantly faster than the Hurricane.

Technical component of the machine with German inscription.
Technical component of the machine with German inscription.
Mounting fixture to hold the arms of the Messerschmitt ME 109.
Mounting fixture to hold the arms of the Messerschmitt ME 109.

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