The wreckage of a World War II US-made fighter plane has been found on the far-eastern Russian island of Sakhalin.
The Bell P-63 Kingcobra fighter jet was discovered in the Aniva region of Sakhalin, the largest island of the Russian Federation and the northernmost island of the Japanese archipelago.
The wreckage was found by members of the Search Movement of Russia, a group of volunteers who search for the remains of fallen soldiers left on the battlefields in Russia during World War II.
The volunteers said they are still hoping to find the plane’s engine number to establish its exact history, however, they suspect the US-made fighter jet was used during the Soviet-Japanese War.
The war began on 9th August 1945 with the Soviet invasion of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo.
After three weeks, the Soviets and Mongolians ended Japanese control of Manchukuo, Mengjiang (Inner Mongolia), northern Korea, Karafuto, and the Kuril Islands.
The wreckage is in a swampy area of the Russian island and is badly corroded, however the Search Movement hopes to establish more facts behind the plane.
On their Instagram page, the Search Movement said: “The landing gear was badly bent, confirming the theory that it was a type of emergency landing.”
The Bell P-63 Kingcobra was not accepted for combat use by the US Army Air Forces, however, they were used by the Soviet Air Force during World War II.
They were also used by the French Air Force during the First Indochina War at the end of 1946 before being replaced in 1951.