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Scotland's Daily Record is running an interesting piece on the apparent remains of a crashed WWII German bomber which ended its days over Greenock in 1941, and which has now surfaced on Google Earth. The Junkers 88 was allegedly downed by anti-aircraft fire during the "Greenock Blitz" in May of that year, a two-night assault …


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  1. Mike Richards Silver badge

    Someone has to say it

    Playmobil please.

  2. lansalot


    Just send someone out with a snorkel, ffs. Put this baby to rest.

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    One Small Step for a man, One Quantum Leap for Mankind .....

    .... and coming to an InterNetional News Feed and AI Seed near you.

    Slow news day, Lester, or are you being stonewalled investigating something stupendous, which is rampant in the wild and spreading like a pandemic/virulent contagion? :-)

  4. Jimmy Floyd


    Personally, I'm just having enough fun repeating the word "Junkers" over and over in the style of Dizzee Rascal's "Bonkers..."

  5. Scott Mitchell

    It's the Daily Record

    It's the Scottish equivalent of The Sun ffs, with as much credibility. Nobody buys it, they even give it away free outside Glasgow Central Station....

  6. Big Bear

    That has me thunking...

    Has Nessie turned up on Google Earth? Or even better, a pixellated face of Nessie of LochView?

  7. Psymon
    Gates Halo

    perhaps they were confused

    It might have beenthat the plane was discovered on rther than google earth.

    I've noticed that live has better arial snapshots in places that google (and of course it also works the other way round)

  8. TeeCee Gold badge

    I favour

    55 55'59.10" N x 4 46'47.12" W meself.

    Sort of more aeroplane shaped in a "very blurred something in the water" kind of way. About the right sort of size too.

    Actually, looking again and squinting at it.............could that be Jesus?

  9. Sergie Kaponitovicz
    Black Helicopters

    Google streetview

    Slightly off-topic (but not much) I was stunned to see a Google StreetViewSpyCar on my residential estate today.

    I am not going to publish my address, but if you do a search on any of the main mapping sites using "Severn Road, Cove, Farnborough, Hampshire" you will see where I spotted the mobile snapper.

    Any ideas what is so interesting about this street?

    If I was an ElReg hack I'd offer a prize for the best answer/suggestion.

  10. James O'Shea

    Achtung! Massive Lizard Army reinforcements!

    Der Nessies, dey are preparing for battle! They haff aeroplanes! Soon dey vill begin der irresistible march southward for der lebensraum! Only Optimus Prime can possibly save us now!

  11. Gary Littlemore
    Thumb Up

    Just found this:-

    Just found this:-,-4.064941&sspn=18.913312,39.418945&ie=UTF8&ll=55.975824,-4.741979&spn=0.002179,0.006845&t=h&z=18

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Look here...

    I think you've posted the wrong image. It's the smaller of the two lakes (lochs?) to the east. Look close to the north bank.,-4.753065&spn=0.001043,0.002358&t=h&z=19

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    what's the scale?

    The Ju 88 is about 15 metres long. Is that indistinct blob about this length?

  14. Pete 8

    Ask Lewis

    if you can borrow his snorkel and flippers.

  15. Thorsten


    This doesn't look like a Ju-88 at all, but looks remarkably like a plesiosaur. There must be some tunnel linking this lake to Loch Ness.

  16. SlabMan

    Found Nemo

    Looks like the Nautilus to me. I'll get my turban.

  17. Aortic Aneurysm

    Greenock got hit by a blitz?

    Jesus, I thought it looked like that all the time.

  18. Gavin Jamie

    The eye of faith,-4.759325&spn=0.000816,0.002068&t=h&z=19

    Could that be it? One wing and the tail. Or it could be some sand.

    Grenade? Well its a bomber.

  19. Anonymous Coward
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    anyone else notice

    Its now amanfrommars 1 not just amanfrommars ?

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Junkers!

    Jimmy Floyd,

    When you tire of repeating the word "Junkers", try "Fokker".

  21. Anonymous Coward

    rumour has it it was carrying a mix of swine flu and a

    another virus that makes a one eyed scottish idiot steal all our money.

    These things may yet come to pass.

    Be very afraid....

  22. james 68
    Paris Hilton


    dont see much of anything

    but on the offchance its true.... they do state its a reservoir

    can i be the one to tell the townsfolk "hey, youve been drinking dead people soup for the last 60 years"

    they probably wouldnt mind though - wickerman territory and all that

    paris - shes loves to gargle men in unform

  23. Scott Mitchell

    I volunteer to swim down...

    ... but if I find the intact skull of a dead Nazi in leather bomber gear staring back at me, or even a planeful of dead Nazis, you Reg readers must club together for my therapy and valium.

    I've seen the film "Shockwaves", I know how this will end. Nazi zombies everywhere!


  24. Jon 66

    re: what's the scale

    it's 12 metres long ( never used the Ruler in Google Earth before :) )

  25. Anonymous Coward

    Could it be on MS maps

    Looks as though MS (Bing) have birds-eye footage, which could be what they're talking about.

    Could this be the outline of a Junkers?

    WTF because it could be anything really

  26. lukewarmdog

    Plane and simple

    "Air crash expert Gordon Lyons told the Record: "Crash spotters have walked by the reservoir thousands of times and never once seen a thing. However, the lake is quite deep"

    Expert in stating the obvious? "People can't see to the bottom of really deep bodies of water. Bit annoying really. Wouldn't need all those expensive bathyscopes if we could, put all those marine biologists and documentary program people out of business I guess."

  27. John Roberts 1


    Looks more like Nessie to me!

  28. Rich 18

    re what's the scale?

    That looks about right compared to the cars near the building to the NE

  29. Foxbat


    If you look at the lake in the article on Google Earth, you can use the time feature to look at old imagery. On 11 Jun 06 the reservoir is pretty dried up, and its fair to assume shallow. So,-4.759325&spn=0.000816,0.002068&t=h&z=19 is not the Junkers. Also, the length of the blur in that image is approx 30m, and a Ju-88 is 15m long!

    If anywhere, I think it's in the small lake to the East mentioned above. Or, unbelievably, the Daily Record is publishing factually incorrect stories.

  30. Anonymous Coward

    Thats actually your new nuclear deterrent

    Since in this cash-strapped era Britain cannot afford Trident, HMG bought a leftover undersea-ride submarine from Disneyland and fitted it with a catapult!!

    Curses! You found us!!

  31. proto-robbie
    Paris Hilton

    James 68: Water plonker.

    Nobody drinks raw water up here, and you're miles out with The Wicker Man. Un(in)formed Junkers.

    Paris, 'cos she'd Wicker Man too.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Sergie Kaponitovicz

    It is That florescent orange seems to be the most popular color for cars in your neighborhood?

  33. David 45

    Location, location, location

    Surely a touch of sonar will confirm, or otherwise?

  34. Anonymous Coward


    Acht s'only Nessie going for a swim.

  35. bigphil9009

    Re: DeFex

    Perfect answer! Who gives a flying wotsit what's so special about that egotist's street!

  36. Lunatik

    Old media...sheesh

    The Daily Record feel compelled to write a few hundred words on the subject, but don't include a link or even lat/long? Does anyone in Anderston want to pop round and explain to them how the web works?

    Or maybe just bash their narrow-minded gangster/old firm/shortbread tin heads off their desks?

  37. Gavin Park Weir

    Floating sunken ship near lake with no plane

    Have a look at this amazing floating sucken shop just off the coast. Scary place stay away.

  38. Andus McCoatover

    Last words?

    Vee are dead in ze vatter!

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters




  40. Yorkshirepudding

    all this has happened before

    clearly its a crashed cylon heavy raider

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters


    Actually, the equivalent of The Sun is The Scottish Sun, but yeah, you're absolutely right. Also known as the Daily Rangers, or of course the Daily Retard, along with the the most vile publication ever, The Sunday Mail.

    I can't really see it as a hoax, I mean why bother, we know the place was bombed by those planes so why on earth would anyone try that? Hmm, maybe a local B&B :o)

  42. planespotter


    To be honest I was the original finder. It isn't the big sqaure dam, its to small one to the right. Its true there have been rumours for years and to the people who dont get the measurements your doing your calculations wrong. It may not be anything, but's its a bit mad anyway. I've since spoken direct to the expert qouated in several of the papers and whereas they've said he said it was an amazing discovery, I get the impression he thinks its some other feature rather than a plane. O well:(

  43. Scott Mitchell

    Robert Murat would disagree re the Daily Record

    @AC 14:16

    No, the most vile publication is The Sun, closely followed by the News Of The World, but the Record runs them close with completely made up anti-SNP propoganda and stories about the Old Firm joining the Atlantic Fish Steak League every other week.

    BTW, the Record isn't based in Anderston any more, it's now at Atlantic Quay, facing the Kingston bridge.

    Regarding the plane, I dived in last night, and found a propellor!! All I need is £2 million and I will raise the wreck and make it into a floating disco. Please donate to my paypal account. Cheers!

  44. Jim 4

    The Bun is harmless...

    Definitly the Daily Mail is the most vile daily publication in the UK.

    More complaints received by PPC than virtually all other daily papers put together - They seem to have no problem changing/making up facts to suit their opinion.

    And, bizarrely, used as a yardstick as to the mood of the UK electorate by politicians!

  45. Scott Mitchell

    The Bun Is Harmless?

    Tell the families of the Heysel 96 that, and Robert Murat too. Oh and the McCanns. Oh and Alfie Patten's family too.

    The Sun is scum from top to bottom.

    Anyway, back to main topic - this "bomber". Do we have any Scottish amateur/pro divers on here willing to go down and take a look? Come on, there must be a Glasgow diving club willing to travel the small distance and go find out once and for all!

    They found a Wellington bomber in Loch Ness not so long ago, so it's not unfeasible...

    Oh aye, crap story: I used to live near Townhill Loch in Scotland. When the loch was being dredged in 1994/95 in preparation for the site becoming a waterskiing centre, the lackeys pulled all sorts out of it - mini metros, vauxhalls, sheep bones, and even - believe it or not, what appeared to be a van... I would not be surprised if they found bombers in there, the ark of the covenant and a spaceship carrying "The Thing" too

  46. J Ford

    More pirate treasure

    There's a crashed tie-fighter in the lake to the west. Possibly

  47. Bill Fresher

    Crashed Plane

    It isn't a crashed plane... it's a reflection of the plane taking the aerial photographs.

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