During WW2 as today Jan Mayen was vital for predicting the weather in Europe. With an allied foothold on the island, the German Luftwaffe was forced to fly reconnaissance flights to the region for collecting weather data. Most likely in dense fog, the Junkers Ju 88 flew straight into one of the south western steep cliffs. The crash site remained undiscovered into the late fifties. Today the crash site is more or less untouched, with easily recognizable fuselage parts, instruments and ammunition scattered across the terrain. The site is one of the few places on the planet where treasure like this are left untouched.