Pierre Kosmidis

Pierre is a journalist, fully certified scuba diver, Media Relations and Media Operations specialist, based in Athens, Greece, with a keen interest in World War 2 History, with a focus on the events as they unfolded in Greece. He is the author of hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and is the managing editor of www.ww2wrecks.com

If you can’t own it, you build it. Building a Sdkfz 222 Replica from scratch

If you can’t own or buy it, you make it and that’s exactly what Zacharias Ourgantzidis from Thessaloniki, Greece did. He decided to build a replica of the Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz. 222, a light four-wheel drive armored car, used by the German armored forces during World War II. The production ran from 1937 until 1943 and a …

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The "hidden" entrance at Arpalouki fortress. Note the bullet holes on the walls, a vivid reminder of the fierce battles that took place exactly here in April 1941

Lt.Col. (ret.) Ilias Kotridis and the “Metaxas line”

Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Ilias Kotridis has dedicated his life and efforts unearthing the lost secrets of the “Metaxas Line”, a complex of concrete bunkers and fortresses that withstood the German invasion. The Germans launched their attack on April 6, 1941 and the Greek army stationed at the bunkers caused a significant number of casualties to …

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The B-25D-5 "Elusive Lizzie/Miss America". (Credits: Rod Pearce)

The Sad Story of B-25 “Miss America” and her crew

Built by North American as a model D-5 and initially nicknamed “Elusive Lizzie” she was later renamed “Miss America” (before both nicknames were then covered by 38th Bombardment Group’s Green Dagon nose-art insignia). On August 5, 1943 B-25 “Miss America” (Serial no. 41-30118), assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron, …

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World War II Wreck of the “Hawk of Kastellorizo”

The experienced technical scuba diver Asım Karsçakar from Turkey made some very interesting underwater photographs of an Italian World War II bomber SM-79 “Sparviero” (“Hawk”). “I dived this aircraft back in 1990 to 1992 and had the opportunity to take some photos and contact the Italian authorities regarding the identity of the aircraft”, Karsçakar said. The …

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Messerschmitt Bf109 found in Suda Bay, Crete

An unknown page of the Battle of Crete came literally back to the surface, as underwater explorers of aviationarchaeology.gr checked on the remains of a WW2 aircraft in the Bay of Suda, Crete. The divers, after taking all the necessary measurements of the aircraft and consulting the official accounts of the Battle, concluded that the downed aircraft was …

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Discovery of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s P-38 “Lightning”, the story behind it.

Luc Vanrell is a diver, photographer and underwater explorer, credited with the discovery of famous author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s P-38 “Lightning”, which was shot down by a German fighter aircraft over the Mediterranean on 31 July 1944. The remains of the aircraft are located at a depth of 83 meters in the Bay of Marseille. Question: Tell us …

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