This time we’re going to show you how they salvaged the Il-2 which was shot down in 1942 near Demyansk.
The plane is located in a wetland with no roads around. Moreover, the access to the crater with the plane is blocked by the river. To get to the plane one can either by foot or on a swampmobile.
The plane is lying deep underground and naturally, the crater is filled with water. That’s why they decide to apply two pumps. Since the Honda pump turns out to be not powerful enough, they use it for pumping water into a fire hose to wash away the ground. The other pump, Soviet, made in 1989, is more powerful that is why it is going to pump out water and dirt to the surface.
Struggling with the made-in-the-Soviet-Union pump.
The magnetometer has indicated magnetic radiation in two places. Picking at one of them resulted in the appearance of an oil spot. Probably, it was a plane engine or an oil box there. Finally, they found some pieces of armoured body, veneer pieces, cartridge cases and some other things. Before that, at this very place, they had found an arm… It must have belonged to the pilot.
The plane could have been blown up by someone who wanted to sell ferrous and nonferrous metal. Maybe, the explosion was caused by bombs which had remained in the plane…
It is usually impossible to stay on the crater with no support. In this case, they use such hand-made ladders made of improvised materials.
Finally, they’ve managed to start up the pump!
These two guys are Ok working together. One of them is washing the ground away and the other is pumping the water out. They’ve pumped out two meters of water already, but the Il is lying much deeper. The pump keeps becoming clogged up with sticks and dirt so they have to clean it up from time to time.
They’ve pumped out several hundred more liters of water when the clamp broke loose. They had to take a break until the morning.
On November, 16th, they discovered an engine which had been lying 7 meters underground. Maybe, by its number they’ll manage to determine the names of the pilots. We do hope so.
Location: Demyansk Region