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Posted on Wednesday 16th May

A Second World War Kittyhawk P-40 that crash landed in the Sahara desert in 1942 was discovered in April by a Polish oil worker. Remarkably well-preserved and intact, the fighter plane is now expected to be sent for display in the RAF Hendon Museum.

The stray fighter went down over Egypt on June 28, 1942, as British RAF pilots came under attack from German general Erwin Rommel. The P-40 is believed to be that flown by 24-year-old RAF airman Dennis Copping, who disappeared while transferring a damaged P-40 between British bases in the region in June 1942. Pieces of parachute were found at the crash site but the pilot's remains were not, suggesting that he survived the impact.

The plane, which has been subject to looting since it was discovered, remains the property of the Ministry of Defence, and the museum is currently in the process of applying for a license to retrieve the historic craft.

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