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.

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World War II plane to be raised

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