Monday, May 6, 2013

German Dornier 17 Bomber to Be Raised From English Channel

From the May 3, 2013,  Indeendent "Second World War Dornier bomber to be raised from watery grave in the Channel" by Rob Williams.

The effort to raise this plane, the only surviving one of its kind, was announced today.  It was spotted by divers in 2008 at 50 feet deep in a chalk bed with a small debris field around it in the Goodwin Sands off the Kent Coast.

The bombers were called the Luftwaffe's "Flying Pencil" because of its narrow fuselage.  Reports say it is in remarkable condition.

Inspection of it shows it is DO17Z Werke number 1,160.  The undercarriage tires are still inflated and propeller damage from the water crash is evident.

It is expected to take three weeks to lift and is funded by a grant from the National Heritage Fund and its historical value stems from it being one of the main German bombers used during the Battle of Britain.

This is one mighty strange-looking aircraft.  I wonder how it carried the bombs?

Here's Hoping All Goes Well.  --GreGen

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