Remarkable Sonar Image Shows Intact German WWII Bomber
The details state that one Do-17 was “…damaged. Broke formation—smoking from both engines.” It is believed that this is the airplane that made a forced landing in an area of the English Channel called Goodwin Sands at low tide, shortly before 2 p.m. that afternoon. Read the original combat report
It’s almost certain that none of the aircrew on either side had any inkling that this particular bomber would make the news again just over 70 years later.
The Dornier 17 was a twin-radial-engined light bomber built by the Dornier Flugzeugwerke in Friedrichshafen, Germany, beginning in 1934. Known to the Germans as the Fliegender Bleistift and to the British by that nickname’s translation, “Flying Pencil,” more than 2,200 Do-17s were built in Germany and under license in Yugoslavia. Of that number, not a single one was known to have survived.
reportedly stolen from the site by unauthorized sport divers. The Royal Air Force Museum is now working in partnership with Wessex Archaeology on a plan to raise and restore the wreck for display alongside the Museums’ Vickers Wellington, a British medium-bomber that is nearly as rare as the Dornier itself.
On September 3, 2010, the Museum’s Director General, Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye said, “The discovery of the Dornier is of national and international importance. The aircraft is a unique and unprecedented survivor from The Battle of Britain. It is particularly significant because, as a bomber, it formed the heart of the Luftwaffe assault and the subsequent Blitz.” Announcing that the airplane will be displayed at the Museum’s forthcoming “Battle of Britain Beacon” project, Dye went on to say that “The Dornier will provide an evocative and moving exhibit that will allow the Museum to present the wider story of the Battle of Britain and highlight the sacrifices made by the young men of both air forces and from many nations.”
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