- On 11/06/2013
- In Airplane Stories
From Huffington Post
A British museum on Monday successfully recovered a German bomber that had been shot down over the English Channel during World War II.
The aircraft, nicknamed the Luftwaffe's "flying pencil" because of its narrow fuselage, came down off the coast of Kent county in southeastern England more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain.
The rusty and damaged plane was lifted from depths of the channel with cables and is believed to be the most intact example of the German Dornier Do 17 bomber that has ever been found.
"It has been lifted and is now safely on the barge and in one piece," said RAF Museum spokesman Ajay Srivastava.
The bomber will be towed into port Tuesday, he added.
A few fragments of the plane dropped off as it was being lifted, but officials said divers will retrieve them later.