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article imageWWII bomber recovered from English Channel

By Saunon Malek     Jun 12, 2013 in World
London - A Dornier DO-17 German bomber from WWII has been salvaged from the English Channel, initially discovered in 2008 by divers.
The bomber is said to be the last of its kind, among the 1,500 models built, says the RAF Museum.
The plane was shot down during the Battle of Britain in 1940, where it was damaged in a dogfight with RAF Defiant fighters while trying to attack airfields in Essex. The pilot attempted to make an emergency landing on the Goodwin Sands, where it ended up sinking upside down nearly 50 feet, into the English Channel.
According to the museum's website, "The aircraft is in remarkable condition -- considering the events surrounding its loss plus the effects of spending so many years under water," it continued to say, "Other than marine concretion it is largely intact, the main undercarriage tires remain inflated and the propellers clearly show the damage inflicted during their final landing."
The RAF museum plans on restoring the aircraft, a process taking nearly two years, where the first step of restoration includes bathing the plane in a citric acid solution, to stop corrosion. Following this, the plane will be showcased in the museum in north London.
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