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Posted on Tuesday 11th June

A German Dornier Do-17 bomber which was shot down off the coast of Kent during the Battle of Britain over 70 years ago has been raised from the bottom of the English Channel.

The aircraft is believed to be aircraft call sign 5K-AR, which was shot down on 26 August 1940 during the Battle of Britain. The pilot and another crew-member survived the crash and became prisoners of war, while two more crew members perished. It is the only intact example of its kind in the world, and has lain at the bottom of the Channel for over 70 years.

The wreck was spotted by divers in 2008 and sonar scans enabled the aircraft's identity to be confirmed by the RAF Museum, Wessex Archaeology and the Port of London Authority. The plan to bring the Dornier to the surface took 3 years to out into practice and a National Heritage Memorial Fund grant allowed the project to begin.

Strong winds over the last few weeks have hampered attempts by the RAF Museum to salvage the relic, but yesterday evening (10 June) weather conditions were good enough to allow the hour-long operation to take place.

The engines are due to be raised separately today, Tuesday, 11 June, and the Dornier will be restored over 2 years at RAF Cosford, Shropshire before it eventually goes on display at the RAF Museum, Hendon.

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The Battle of Britain: Luftwaffe Blitz

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This new collection of archive imagery from Philip Kaplan offers a gripping, graphic view of the routine repeated each day and night, from the summer of 1940 through to the following spring, by the German bomber crews bringing their deadly cargoes to Britain. Through mainly German archival photos, it profiles airmen on their French bases and in the skies over England; the aircraft they flew, fought and sometimes died in; their leaders; their targets and… Read more...

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