Skip to: Content
Skip to: Site Navigation
Skip to: Search


German WWII bomber raised from English Channel, only known Dornier Do 17 bomber

German WWII bomber: The aircraft, nicknamed the Luftwaffe's 'flying pencil' because of its narrow fuselage, was shot down off the coast of Kent county in southeastern England more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain.

By Associated Press / June 10, 2013

Lifting equipment raises a World War II Dornier bomber, the only surviving German Second World War Dornier Do 17 bomber, from the English Channel off Deal, southern England, June 10. The aircraft was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain.

Gareth Fuller/AP

Enlarge

LONDON

A British museum on Monday successfully recovered what could be the last intact model of a famous German World War II bomber from beneath the English Channel.

Skip to next paragraph

The aircraft, nicknamed the Luftwaffe's "flying pencil" because of its narrow fuselage, was shot down off the coast of Kent county in southeastern England more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain.

It is believed to be the only known complete example of the German Dornier Do 17 bomber.

RECOMMENDED: Supersonic planes

"It has been lifted and is now safely on the barge and in one piece," said RAF Museum spokesman Ajay Srivastava. The bomber will be towed into port Tuesday, he added.

The museum had been trying to raise the relic for a few weeks, but the operation was delayed by strong winds.

In 2008, divers discovered the undamaged aircraft submerged in 50 feet (15 meters) of water.

Experts say the bomber is remarkably undamaged despite the passage of time.

Museum officials plan to conserve the relic and put it on exhibition next to the wreck of a British Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft that also was shot down during the battle.

RECOMMENDED: Supersonic planes

  • Weekly review of global news and ideas
  • Balanced, insightful and trustworthy
  • Subscribe in print or digital

Special Offer

 

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
Become a fan! Follow us! Google+ YouTube See our feeds!