On 15th of April 1941 , nine days after the German invasion in Greece and following several great scale Luftwaffe air raids against airfields in the north region of the country, two Royal Hellenic Air Force PZL 24 fighters ( 23rd Squadron ) intercepted over Larissa area a German Hs 126 recon aircraft. Soon the one of the Greek fighters left the interception due to mechanical problems , but the other with pilot the staff sgt P. Koutroubas , after a long time exchanging fire with the rear gunner of the Henschel , finally shot down the German plane which crashed in the seaside of Platamon area , under Olympus mountain.
The crash side was in shallow water ( 8-9 meters deep only ), but the occupation forces during the war made no efforts to recover the plane pieces . Since the late 1980’s, a friend of mine who is living there, informed the Hellenic Air Force for the relics presence of this ww2 plane there, but with out any response by. So 20 years ago, organized the recovery of the aircraft engine, which was already was detached from the rest fuselage structure debris and remained half buried by the sea bottom sand, the rear gunners MG 15 as and several other items. See ( Photos of the recovered engine and other relics )
After a good preliminary cleaning and protection the Bramo 323 engine donated to the HAF and today is on exhibition in the museum hangar .