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German Bomber Lifted from the Water

murph

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#1
A German bomber from WWII has been raised from the sea bed in the English Channel.

The Dornier Do-17 aircraft was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain.

Believed to be the only intact example of its kind in the world, it has lain in 50ft (15m) of water on the Goodwin Sands.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22850596

Awesome! :1: :1: :1:
 

murph

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#5
Trekker - 11/6/2013 16:43

It's going into cosford for restoration isn't it?
Yup, restored at the Cosford Conservation Centre. Not sure whether it will be a full restore, or a case of preserving what was left.

Is in great condition considering how long it's been down there.

Think some would argue with the cost of the operation, but it is part of our history. The RAF Museum in Hendon has a number of restored German WW2 aircraft.
 

murph

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#9
Villa_Grizzly - 11/6/2013 23:33

Were the skeletal remains of the crew 'on-board'?

:10:
If there had been it would have been considered a 'war grave' and therefore it would not be permitted to be salvaged.

If I recall correctly, the crew bailed out safely.
 

murph

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#11
Villan57 - 12/6/2013 13:06

the crew are buried in Staffordshire
Seems we were both half right!

"Two of the 4 crew members died and were buried elsewhere, and 2 – including the pilot – survived to become prisoners of war."

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/raf-museum-successfully-raises-dornier-do-17
 

murph

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#13
Funnily enough not many German aircraft survived after the war.

So much so that the majority of the German aircraft in the film "The Battle of Britain" weren't technically German - licence built in Spain.
 

murph

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#15
BodyButter - 12/6/2013 17:04

They must have been badly built.
Some were wooden models to be fair!

Primarily the ones that blew up, as there was something apparently not quite right about blowing real aeroplanes up and shooting people in films.
 
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murph - 12/6/2013 13:14

Villan57 - 12/6/2013 13:06

the crew are buried in Staffordshire
Seems we were both half right!

"Two of the 4 crew members died and were buried elsewhere, and 2 – including the pilot – survived to become prisoners of war."

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/raf-museum-successfully-raises-dornier-do-17
I meant to say that some survived , they mentioned this on WM a week or so ago
 
#17
murph - 11/6/2013 16:53

Trekker - 11/6/2013 16:43

It's going into cosford for restoration isn't it?
Yup, restored at the Cosford Conservation Centre. Not sure whether it will be a full restore, or a case of preserving what was left.

Is in great condition considering how long it's been down there.

Think some would argue with the cost of the operation, but it is part of our history. The RAF Museum in Hendon has a number of restored German WW2 aircraft.
The plane is being covered in a preserver and made safe but not having a full restoration , so the man from Cosford said
 

maundy

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#18
A superb feat of engineering and great that we'll get to see this particular aircraft, whether restored or not, on display.