Dornier 17 raised from the channel

  Quickbeam 08:02 AM 12 Jun 13

It looks a bit rotten to me to be worth all the bother they made of it, there must be hundreds of planes down there along with ships of that period that are equally semi dissolved.

The wooden oak wrecks of centuries ago fare much better in soft mud than steel and alloy of the 21st century.

  Aitchbee 10:03 AM 12 Jun 13

... a Barnacles spokesperson said " They [the barnacles] had no say in the matter."

  Flak999 10:06 AM 12 Jun 13

It does look very decayed, but it is the sole surviving example of it's type. I am an enthusiastic student of WW2 military history and the RAF museum at Hendon have another example of a crashed Halifax bomber rescued from a fjord in Norway.

The difference here being that the Halifax was retrieved from a fresh water fjord whilst this Dornier has been retrieved from the sea, meaning of course that the corrosive effect of the salt water will be much greater.

It will be very interesting to military historians both amateur and professional to be able to view the remains of this aircraft once it is put on display assuming of course that the corrosive effects of the sea water can be stabilized.

  morddwyd 17:17 PM 12 Jun 13

Once saw one of these displaying at low level over Newport (Gwent).

Unfortunately my Dad came along and sent me gown the shelter with a thick ear!

(Ignore those contemporary propaganda films showing children scurrying dutifully for the shelter. Most of us, girls included, used lots of wiles to stay above ground and watch the fun!)

Believe it or not I have actually worked on the "Tante Ju", which resulted in an embarrassing interlude at Duxford thanks to me son!

  john bunyan 17:27 PM 12 Jun 13

As a wartime child in London, we had packs of aircraft recognition cards; as kids we would spot Dorniers, and in particular Junkers 88's (I can remember their sound even now) and other German aircraft, and more often than not, like morddwyd, we only went into the shelter when bombing was imminent. I remember my granny reading a "Rupert" book to me whilst watching such aircraft flying through Flak from Finsbury Park - My friends and I would then go out and collect shrapnel to swap.(Luckily did not pick up a butterfly bomb). I guess this recovered aircraft will be difficult to restore - the engines are due up soon ; although metal ,maybe some lessons from the Mary Rose will be of use?

  spuds 18:15 PM 12 Jun 13

Reading various items about this, it makes me wonder how far the proposed restoration is intended to go.

The restoration of a Vulcan (XH558) was a time and very expensive exercise, and to this day, there is further demands of big funding to keep that project solvent or at least air worthy.

  Quickbeam 00:21 AM 13 Jun 13

I don't think it'll fly again!

  Brumas 09:06 AM 13 Jun 13

Quickbeam Ja ich weiss, Gesundheit und Sicherheit ;o}

  HondaMan 17:22 PM 13 Jun 13

Quickbeam, |I wouldn't bet on it!

  Bing.alau 21:00 PM 13 Jun 13

When are we going to hear any news about those crates of spitfires supposedly hidden underground in the Far East? I think somebody was having a larf....

I too remember the sound of the German Aircraft engines as they flew over and I was about 100 miles away from any big city. Like jb, we had aircraft recognition posters and cards everywhere. The LDV (that shows Brumas my age) were recently formed and they had them. They also had pitchforks, scythes, axes and various other farm implements as weapons, and wooden dummy rifles to drill with. Captain Mainwareing types were also in charge, so the TV people got it right.

  Woolwell 22:24 PM 13 Jun 13

The news about the crates of spitfires was that there weren't crates of spitfires.


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