English fighter Hawker Hurricane

The Mediterranean Sea is a silent witness to catastrophes that have taken place on its surface over past millennia. During the last World War it became yet again the theatre of bloody battles, not only on the water this time, or even under it, but also in the air. Countries involved in the struggle experienced great successes and spectacular losses. Both the Allies and the Axis states lost thousands of planes. Some disappeared without trace, but with others we know pretty well where they hit the surface.
Although their final resting places are often inaccessible even to technical divers, because of the depth of the seabed, in the case of some of these aircraft we can look history in the face.

This is the case of the "tropicalised" version of this Hawker Hurricane: initially ferried from United Kingdom through France by air to 80 Squadron in Egypt to replace old Gloster Gladiators, it was used on the battlefield following Italy's entry into the war in June 1940. The Hurricane claimed its first kill in the Mediterranean on 19 June 1940, when F/O P.G. Wykeham-Barnes reported shooting down two Fiat CR.42s, but its success was rapidly declining. There were great losses especially in North Africa and in general on the entire Sicily Channel after the arrival of BF-109E and F-variants and were progressively replaced in the air superiority role from June 1941. From November 1941, beginning in the Libyan desert, it had to face a new formidable opponent: the new Regia Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Folgore so, in this partcular war theater, it was eventually abandoned.

Today we can find the wreckage at a depth of just 27 metres, which makes the dive particularly easy and relaxing.