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Af­ter be­ing hit by an­ti­air­craft fire dur­ing a World War II bomb­ing raid in 1944, this USAAF B-17G Fly­ing Fortress bomber crashed on ap­proach to a small airstrip on the is­land of Vis. The co-pi­lot was killed, but the sur­viv­ing crew es­caped in dinghies. The wreck is in re­mark­able con­di­tion and lies at 236 feet. I had only one dive, and the depth gave me very lim­ited bot­tom time. I wanted to cap­ture an im­age that showed the true scale of the air­craft, so I shot with nat­u­ral light. Af­ter­ward, I met the fam­ily of the de­ceased co-pi­lot, which was par­tic­u­larly touch­ing be­cause they had not seen his fi­nal rest­ing place.

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LO­CA­TION Vis Is­land, Adri­atic Sea

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Steve Jones

Boe­ing’s B-17G was its fi­nal ver­sion of the Fly­ing Fortress; a to­tal of 8,860 were built in 1943.

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