German lake with crashed BritishWorld War II bomber for sale

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6 September 2004 , BERLIN - A lake near the former Nazi V2 rocket facility with a crashed British World War II Lancaster bomber resting at its bottom has been put up for sale by the German government, an auction house announced. The 43 hectare lake at the Third Reich's Peenemuende rocket plant on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom will be auctioned off on 23 September. Peenemuende was where the Nazi scientists developed the V1 and later the V2 rockets which were fired at targets in Britain and Belgium at the

6 September 2004

BERLIN - A lake near the former Nazi V2 rocket facility with a crashed British World War II Lancaster bomber resting at its bottom has been put up for sale by the German government, an auction house announced.

The 43 hectare lake at the Third Reich's Peenemuende rocket plant on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom will be auctioned off on 23 September.

Peenemuende was where the Nazi scientists developed the V1 and later the V2 rockets which were fired at targets in Britain and Belgium at the end of the war. The "V" in the rocket's name stood for "Vergeltungswaffe" or vengeance weapon.

The Peenemuende facility was destroyed by British bombing raids in 1943 and it is assumed the Lancaster at the bottom of Koelpinsee lake was shot down during those raids.

According to the auction house, Norddeutsche Grundstuecksauktionen AG, the bomber is classified as a historically protected site and removing it from the lake would probably not be allowed.

The starting price is EUR 29,000.

More information on the sale is available at the websites: www.ndga.de and www.ostsee-auktionen.de.

DPA

Subject: German news

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