Jan Mayen has been important for predicting the weather in Europe ever since the first meteorological station was established in 1921. World War II was no exception. Norwegian troops were stationed on the Island to maintain the critical forecasts, and was the only part of Norway not occupied by Germany.
The Germans had several flights to the region during to war, to collect weather data, and to occasionally drop a bomb or two on the military base (with no casualties inflicted). At least two german bombers crashed into the Island, probably due to poor navigation in dense fog.
The Junkers Ju 88 crash site remained undiscovered into the late fifties. Today the crash site is more or less untouched, and “rediscovering” the wreck was a mind-blowing experience. It brought history so much closer to see the intact wreck, with easily recognizable items scattered across the terrain. This must be one of the few places on the planet where treasure like this are left untouched.