A very interesting point and one which I must confess I hadn't considered.Renegadenemo wrote:After a gazillion wreck dives I can say with absolute conviction that not everything you find on a wreck actually came from the wreck. Whatever that is doesn't look like it's been in seawater for seventy years and seeing as wrecks are the perfect dumping ground for any unwanted rubbish so far as fishermen are concerned (that way they tend not to trawl it back up again) it could have come from anywhere. How deep is the wreck? What are the tides like? If there's a lot of tide all manner of detritus wanders over the seabed to be collected by a wreck.
Having said that - I know as little about aeroplanes as I know lots about wreck diving so Mike might be along in a minute to say precisely what it is.
In answer to your queries: The wreck site (not a wreck as such, as it was blown up in the '60's by the locals who wanted it for the aluminium), lies in 17 metres. No tides to speak of, it's in the Med (or Ionian if you want to be precise) and too close inshore on a rocky bottom to be a bother to fishermen. It's strange but some parts which are definitely from the aeroplane come up pristine, and others are really badly corroded and encrusted.
The word is that the locals used abandoned German munitions to do the demolition, so that may be another line of enquiry worth following; meanwhile I think this capsule is going back where it came from.....
For those who may be interested, the aircraft is Beaufighter NE 595, shot down in July 1944. The pilot survived as a POW.