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World War II bomber lifted from its watery grave

The only surviving German Second World War Dornier Do 17 bomber has been lifted from its watery grave in the English Channel. The aircraft was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain.

Lifting equipment raises a World War II Dornier bomber Credit: PA Wire

The project is believed to be the biggest recovery of its kind in British waters. Attempts by the RAF Museum to raise the relic over the last few weeks have been hit by strong winds but today, the operation was finally successful.

The bomber was raised from the English Channel Credit: PA Wire

Irish soldiers 'pardoned' for fighting in World War Two

Thousands of Irish soldiers who joined the British Army to fight Nazi Germany will be officially pardoned today.

The Irish Government will pass special legislation which grants an amnesty to the former troops who were branded deserters for joining up.

Rules bought in during the Second World War saw these ex-soldiers face widespread discrimination such as being barred from state jobs and refused military pensions.

Dublin's Justice Minister, Alan Shatter said "unfortunately, many of the individuals whose situation is addressed in this Bill did not live to see the day that this state finally acknowledged the important role that they played in seeking to ensure a free and safe Europe."

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