In september 2014, remains of Ju 87 "Stuka" dive bomber were discovered near Croatian Island of Žirje. The wreckage was in surprisingly good condition after all this years under the relatively warm waters of the Adriatic and it stood on its wheels down position on the seabed. It was estimated that it is possible to be fully restored which is planned in the future.
There are only 2 of these existing aircrafts in museums in Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, and London, Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, out of nearly 6,500 built, 2 other wrecks from the Norway and Greek waters were found in much worse conditions.
It was discovered by luck fallowing the information from local fisherman community, the dive was conducted by the members of Department of Underwater Archeology of The Croatian Restauration Society, diving club ZG-SUB and Ministry of Defence Military Museum. Croatian underwater archeologist Igor Miholjek revealed that airplane was discovered on depth of 28 meters. According to Miholjek, the newly-founded Adriatic Stuka is one of the most preserved planes of that type in the world. The two-man aircraft was found at a depth of around 90ft off the coast of Croatia, close to the island of Zirje.
According to Miholjek, The engine, which was most likely ripped off when the plane hit the water, was missing and was found nearby, but the rest of the aircraft is complete and in very good condition.
Literature says it is probably the Ju 87 R-2 aircraft from the 239. Squadriglia, 97 Gruppo Bombardamento a tuffo which on 12.04. 1941 with 2 more aircraft was involved in attack on Royal Yugoslav Navy hydroplane squadron anchored in the bay of Jadrtovac near the city of Šibenik.... two planes were hit, one plane was shot down and its crew was killed, second one was damaged and was forced to land on the sea where it layed until now.
Seabed discovery_The plane was found around 28 meters (91 feet) down
Well preserved_The wreckage of the Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (Sturzkampfflugzeug) 'dive bomber' was discovered in remarkably good condition, as this picture shows
Wreckage_A rare, well-preserved German World War II bomber has been found in Croatia's central Adriatic more than seven decades after it was shot down