An institute official said, "The engine, which was most likely ripped off when the plane hit the water, was missing and was found nearby, but the rest of the aircraft is complete and in very good condition. The plane is lying on its wheels as if it smoothly landed on the seabed."
Stuka bombers were designed to handle steep dives and were able to accurately drop bombs at low altitudes. It's believed this particular Stuka bomber was piloted by the Italian forces and was hit by the Yugoslavian navy sometime in April 1941.
Rare German dive bomber discovered
Rare German World War Two dive bomber discovered on seabed
30th April 1940: German Junkers JU-87 dive bombers, commonly known as Stukas, fly in formation during World War II. The planes were a mainstay of Germany's Blitzkrieg style of attacks. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
War and Conflict, World War Two, pic: circa 1940, A German Ju 87 'Stuka' with a press photographer at work, accompanying aerial squadrons in their attacks on England (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
GERMANY - APRIL 10: Model (scale 1:24). A new conception of aerial warfare was demonstrated by the German Luftwaffe in 1939. Advancing Panzer divisions had the close cooperation of dive bombers to blast away at enemy defenses. The aircraft used for this work was the Junkers Ju 87 Sturzkampfflugzeug, or Stuka. it was particularly effective in the German offensives in Poland and France and in the initial campaigns on the Russian front. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
CANADA - MAY 29: A souvenir for the folks back home in India is being clipped out of the tail of a German dive-bomber by these Rajput troops; on service with the Eighth Army in Tunisio. The plane was shot down by British fliers in a recent engagement over battle lines. (Photo by Toronto Star Archives/Toronto Star via Getty Images)