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The only surviving World War Two A-class submarine left in the world, HMS Alliance, is undergoing restoration.

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World War II mission is retraced

They were terribly injured serving their country - one of them lost both legs and an arm. Yet a group of amputee soldiers and veterans are planning to honour the fallen of the Second World War by retracing a famous daring mission.

Operation Frankton - immortalised in the film the Cockleshell Heroes - was an attack in 1942 on German shipping in the French port of Bordeaux carried out by a small unit of Royal Marines in canoes. All but two lost their lives.

More than 70 years later a charity has brought together modern day war heroes to make the same gruelling journey. Mike Witt is from the Pilgrim Bandits.

Up for auction: the Rolls Royce that was converted into a wartime dental surgery

The 1913 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer Credit: Bonhams

A Rolls-Royce used as a mobile dental surgery during the First World War will join the impressive line-up of motor cars at this year’s Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on Friday 12th July.

The 1913 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp ‘Silver Ghost’ London-to-Edinburgh Tourer was bought by a wealthy Englishman for £1,016 (approximately £100,000 in today’s money) in September 1913, before passing to its second owner Auguste Charles Valadier in October 1915.

On the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 Valadier had been keen to help the war effort in some way. He volunteered his services to the British Red Cross Society in Paris, who accepted him for duty in October that year.

Valadier established the first unit dedicated to the treatment of facial injuries, which helped facilitate the later progress of plastic surgery for use in facial reconstruction.

By the end of 1916 he was stationed at Boulogne and the Rolls-Royce – then bodied in limousine style – had been modified to incorporate a dentist’s chair in the rear.

A colleague who worked alongside Valadier at the time noted: “In Boulogne there was a great fat man with sandy hair and a florid face, who had equipped his Rolls-Royce with a dental chair, drills and the necessary heavy metals. The name of this man... was Charles Valadier.”

Salvage of WW II bomber aircraft postponed

by Derek Johnson

Organisers will try again to lift a World War Two German bomber from the Goodwin Sands. Last night's attempt was abandoned due to bad weather. Crews could head out on Thursday or postpone the operation for a week.

We speak to Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye from organisers RAF Museum Hendon, Martin Barker from the diving company, Paddy Hughes the son of an RAF pilot, and aviation author Chris Goss.

World War 2 Bomber in 'remarkable condition'

Wessex Archaeology handout photo of an underwater side scan of a twin-engined Dornier 17 German bomber discovered on a sandbank off Deal

Experts are excited by the find because other than the effects of sea life, such as barnacles, coral and marine life, it is largely intact.

Amazingly the main undercarriage tyres remain inflated but the propellers clearly show the damage inflicted during the bomber's fateful final landing, experts have said.

Lifting it from the sea will use pioneering technology and but will be tricky because of tide and weather conditions.

Once it has been lifted, work will start to conserve and prepare the Dornier for display. The work will take place at the Michael Beetham Conservation centre, the RAF Museum's conservation centre at Cosford, Shropshire.

It will be placed in two hydration tunnels and soaked in citric acid for the first stage of its conservation. Once the delicate process is complete, the aircraft will be displayed at the museum's London site within the context of the Battle of Britain story.

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Hitler's bomber rises from its watery grave

Photo of twin engined Dornier 17 used by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Credit: RAF/PA Wire
RAF Museum handout photo of a a section of the wreck as work has started to raise the Credit: RAF Museum/PA Wire

Sonar scans by the RAF Museum, Wessex Archaeology and the Port of London Authority then confirmed the identity of the aircraft as the Dornier Do 17Z Werke number 1160.

Nicknamed the Luftwaffe's "flying pencil" bombers because of their narrow fuselage.

A platform is now above the wreck and divers have started to build a cage around the aircraft - working in 45-minute shifts - at the start of the salvage operation which should take around three weeks.

Nazi bomber to be lifted from seabed

Photo issued by the RAF of a 360 Degree Animation of a Dornier Do 17 bomber in its watery grave in the English Channel Credit: RAF

Work has started to raise the only surviving German Second World War Dornier Do 17 bomber from its watery grave in the English Channel.

The aircraft was shot down more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain and the project will be the biggest recovery of its kind in British waters, the RAF Museum said.

The existence of the aircraft at Goodwin Sands, off the Kent coast, became known when it was spotted by divers in 2008 at a depth of some 50ft lying on a chalk bed with a small debris field around it.

Hundreds flock to see Bomber Command boys

Hundreds flocked to The Wings Museum in Sussex to meet 14 veterans of Bomber Command. It may end up being one of the last events of its kind in the South as the former flyers and air crew are all in their 90s now.

Our reporter Derek Johnson speaks to Wing Commander John Bell and Air Commodore John Langston as well as Daniel Hunt from the Wings Museum and Aidan Mars, whose grandfather was a navigator on Lancaster bombers.

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