World War II Russian warplane recovered from the lake 75 years after it was shot down

Part of the story: the ground attack aircraft Ilyushin Il-2 of World War II was recovered from the bottom of a lake in Murmansk, north of Russia.

The remains of a Soviet fighter plane from World War II nicknamed "The flying tank" They have been recovered from the bottom of a lake in Murmansk, north of Russia.

The Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik was shot down on August 22, 1943, during a German Nazi assault on an air base near the Norwegian border.

The pilot, Captain Alexander Ivanovich Kaličev, who was then 34 years old, was able to land the damaged plane on the lake.

Part of the story: the ground attack aircraft Ilyushin Il-2 of World War II was recovered from the bottom of a lake in Murmansk, north of Russia.

Part of the story: the ground attack aircraft Ilyushin Il-2 of World War II was recovered from the bottom of a lake in Murmansk, north of Russia.

Fighter plane: the Soviet warplane was shot down and landed on the lake in August 1943.

Fighter plane: the Soviet warplane was shot down and landed on the lake in August 1943.

Fighter plane: the Soviet warplane was shot down and landed on the lake in August 1943.

Cpt. Kaličev managed to escape from the plane before it sank, and survived World War II.

The plane has been returned to the surface by a Russian organization called Wings of Victory, an organization that works to restore old World War II aircraft.

The organization, which discovered the plane and information about Cpt Kaličev, last year successfully completed the restoration of another Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik.

After being brought back to the surface with giant floating devices, the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik will be transported to the city of Novosibirsk for restoration.

Recovered: the pilot, Captain Alexander Ivanovich Kaličev, managed to escape from this cabin and survived the forced landing

Recovered: the pilot, Captain Alexander Ivanovich Kaličev, managed to escape from this cabin and survived the forced landing

Recovered: the pilot, Captain Alexander Ivanovich Kaličev, managed to escape from this cabin and survived the forced landing

Vital: Josef Stalin once called the Ilyushin Il-2 & # 39; as essential to the Red Army as air and bread & # 39 ;,

Vital: Josef Stalin once called the Ilyushin Il-2 & # 39; as essential to the Red Army as air and bread & # 39 ;,

Vital: Josef Stalin once called the Ilyushin Il-2 & # 39; as essential to the Red Army as air and bread & # 39 ;,

An organization called Wings of Victory, dedicated to saving Russian warplanes, now hopes to be able to completely restore the Ilyushin Il-2.

An organization called Wings of Victory, dedicated to saving Russian warplanes, now hopes to be able to completely restore the Ilyushin Il-2.

An organization called Wings of Victory, dedicated to saving Russian warplanes, now hopes to be able to completely restore the Ilyushin Il-2.

Back in the day: a Soviet air force Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik in full flight

Back in the day: a Soviet air force Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik in full flight

Back in the day: a Soviet air force Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik in full flight

To this day, the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik is still one of the most manufactured military aircraft designs in history.

Once, Josef Stalin cataloged them like "essentials for the Red Army like the air and the bread", with thousands manufactured during World War II to fight against the Nazi Germany.

The 38-foot-long plane was equipped with a heavy armor, and became known among enemy soldiers as a "Flying Tank".

The single-engine aircraft, propelled by propeller could fit a pilot and a rear gunner and had a wingspan of 47ft 11in.

It was in use during World War II, and finally retired in 1954.

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