A German WWII Bomber that sunk to the bottom of the English Channel was rescued on Monday. Workers from a British museum worked to recover what is believed to be the last intact model of the bomber.
Nicknamed Luftwaffe’s “flying pencil,” the aircraft featured a narrow fuselage that helped it avoid enemy gunfire. The bomber in question, however, did not avoid fire and was shot down off the coast of the county of Kent in southeastern England.
The German WWII Bomber was shot down during the Battle of Britain more than 70 years ago.
According to researchers, the plane is the only intact German Dornier Do 17 bomber left in existence.
The plane will now make its way to RAF Museum where it will be restored and put on display. According to museum spokesman Ajay Srivastava: “It has been lifted and is now safely on the barge and in one piece.”
After ensuring the safety of the aircraft, researchers began moving the recovered ship on Tuesday.
Researchers from RAF Museum attempted to recover the bomber over the last several weeks but were delayed because of strong winds.
The German Dornier Do 17 bomber was discovered in 2008 when divers found the aircraft in 50 feet of water.
Once restored, the German WWII bomber will be placed on exhibit right next to the wreck of a British Hawker Hurricane fighter. The Hurricane fighter was shot down during the very same Babble of Britain.
Experts who have had the chance to examine the recovered WWII bomber say it has been preserved underwater in “remarkable condition” given the time it spent hidden under the English Channel.
It has been a busy few weeks for WWII relics after officials in Tokyo discovered an unexploded WWII bomb near a busy subway platform.