Tuesday 7 May 2013
Dornier Found in English Channel
A rare German bomber from the Second World War is set to be raised from the English Channel where it has lain for seven decades, it was announced today.
The retrieval of the last surviving Dornier Do 17 from the Goodwin Sands off the coast of Kent will be the biggest recovery of its kind in British waters.
The aircraft was first spotted by divers in 2008, lying 50ft below the surface on a chalk bed, surrounded by debris.
Sonar scans carried out by the RAF Museum, Wessex Archaeology and the Port of London Authority confirmed that the plane is the Dornier Do 17Z Werke number 1160, which was shot down during the Battle of Britain.