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Gigantic discovery off Sardinia

Appeared in DIVER February 2013

The wreck of a Messerschmitt Me323 Gigant cargo aircraft, sunk in a World War Two air raid, has been found off Sardinia’s La Maddalena archipelago. It’s a draw for experienced technical divers, says GABRIELE PAPARO – and a wreck that stirs folk memories for Italians. Underwater photography by STEFANO D’URSO

Gabriele Paparo on the engine
Gabriele Paparo on the engine

  • The massive Gigant could carry large quantities of cargo and/or personnel
    The massive Gigant could carry large quantities of cargo and/or personnel
  • Inspecting the middle engine of the left wing
    Inspecting the middle engine of the left wing.
  • Gabriele checks out the wheels on the starboard side
    Gabriele checks out the wheels on the starboard side
  • A very well preserved engine
    A very well preserved engine
  • A gas or oxygen mask inside the wreck
    A gas or oxygen mask inside the wreck.
  • Gabriele Paparo
    Gabriele Paparo
  • Click on any thumbnail photo to enlarge it and use the slideshow
    Click on any thumbnail photo to enlarge it and use the slideshow