Nazi Bomber Plucked From Beneath English Channel

German plane was shot down 70 years ago
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 10, 2013 7:16 PM CDT
Nazi Bomber Plucked From Beneath English Channel
Lifting equipment raises a World War II Dornier bomber, the only surviving German Second World War Dornier Do 17 bomber, from the English Channel.   (Gareth Fuller)

(Newser) – A British museum has successfully recovered what could be the last intact model of a famous German World War II bomber from beneath the English Channel. The Dornier Do 17 aircraft was shot down off the coast of Kent county in southeastern England more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. In 2008, divers discovered the undamaged aircraft submerged in 50 feet of water.

The RAF Museum had been trying to raise the relic for a few weeks, but the operation was delayed by strong winds. Museum spokesman Ajay Srivastava says the bomber was successfully recovered today, and it will be towed into port tomorrow. (Read more World War II stories.)

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