German bomber to be conserved

The only surviving German Second World War Dornier bomber has been raised from its watery grave in the English Channel.

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Sunken WWII German bomber plane salvaged and now ashore, but what happens next?

A World War Two German bomber that was raised from the sea off the Kent coast on Monday 10th June 2013 has been brought back to shore. The Dornier 17 aircraft lay underwater for more than seventy years.

Staff from the RAF Museum have said the plane is remarkably well preserved with the tyres still inflated, the engines and propellors in good condition, and the bodywork still intact.

Our reporter David Johns spoke to David Keen from the RAF Museum about the salvage operation, the significance of the plane and what happens next.

Sunken German bomber brought in to land at Ramsgate

German war plane salvaged from sea off Kent is brought in to land at Ramsgate Credit: RAF Museum

The RAF Museum has been posting images of a salvaged German bomber plane that has been raised from the sea off the Kent coast. The Dornier 17 aircraft has been under water since World War Two. It has been underwater for the past seventy years.

The Dornier 17 aircraft has been underwater for more than 70 years Credit: RAF Museum

Sunken WWII bomber due to come in to shore soon

Staff from the RAF Museum has been posting live updates on social media about when they expect a salvaged German bomber aircraft from WWII to be brought in to shore at Ramsgate. The Dornier 17 has been under water off the Kent coast for more than seventy years.

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The Dornier is raised from the sea bed

The bom,ber is lifted after more than 70 years in the English Channel Credit: Stuart Barnes

The Dornier bomber, shot down over the Kent coast more than 70- years ago, has been raised from the bottom of the English Channel. It is believed to be the only intact example of its kind in the world. The operation was organised by the RAF Museum

German Dornier bomber raised from English Channel

The Dornier is the only example left in the world Credit: RAF Museum

The Dornier bomber, shot down over the Kent coast more than 70- years ago, has been raised from the bottom of the English Channel. It is believed to be the only intact example of its kind in the world.

The Dornier was salvaged by the RAF Museum from the Goodwin Sands. Strong winds have hampered previous attempts to raise the aircraft. After a two-year restoration project, the Dornier will go on display at the RAF Museum in Shropshire.

Further attempts to raise World War Two plane

Underwater side scan of a twin-engined Dornier 17 German bomber discovered on a sandbank off Dea Credit: Wessex Archaeology

Marine archaeologists will attempt to raise a the only surviving German Second World War Dornier Do 17 bomber from the English Channel later.

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