LOS-ANGELES, October 30 (Itar-Tass) — Fragments of a U.S. heavy bomber which the Soviet troops used during World War II in the framework of the Lend-Lease Act, were brought to San Francisco on Monday.
Leonid Nakhodkin, President of the Joint Humanitarian Organization, told Itar-Tass that it was a first plane returned to the United States which was found thanks to joint efforts made by a Russian search team ,the AlSibUral organization and diplomats of the two countries. The Russian organization AlSibUral carries out search operations for fragments of planes, which crashed during WWII, and organizes ceremonies in memory of WWII heroes killed during the war.
The fragments of the plane were found by the Russian search team headed by Vladimir Rykshin in the area of Yekaterinburg. The remains of an unknown pilot found on the crash site were buried with military honors.
A few kilograms of the plane wreckage, including weapons it had on board, were cleaned, studied and then turned over to U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg Mike Reinert.
On Monday, a long-awaited container with the plane fragments finally arrived, Nakhodkin said. In November, we are planning to establish a memorial plaque with built-in fragments of the plane on the premises adjoining the House of the Veterans in the center of San Francisco. The plaque will symbolize joint efforts made by the two big powers in the struggle for the great victory, Nakhodkin stressed. The joint work of Russian and U.S organizations known as "people's diplomacy"makes its own contribution to the cause of strengthening the relations between the two countries, he said.
Russian experts believe that the found plane is a medium-range bomber B-25 Mitchell. During World War II the United States supplied 807 planes of this modification to the former Soviet Union.