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British clean-up begins on rescued German WWII bomber

British experts began on Tuesday an 18-month task of cleaning the barnacles, silt and seaweed from a rare World War II German bomber plane rescued after more than 70 years on the sea bed. The wreck of the Dornier Do-17 plane was slowly raised to the surface at Goodwin Sands, off the southeast coast of England, on June 10. The twin-engine aircraft is believed to be the only Dornier Do-17 left from the war.

Unique German bomber to be lifted from English Channel

LONDON (Reuters) - Work to salvage the sole surviving German Dornier Do-17 bomber plane flown in the Battle of Britain in World War Two began on Friday, more than 70 years after it crashed into the English Channel. Project managers said the plane, lying 16 meters (52 feet) deep, remains in surprisingly good condition and will be raised using a purpose-built cradle later this month in the biggest recovery of its kind in British waters.

Divers start raising German WWII bomber from English Channel

Divers on Saturday began a delicate operation to raise the only German Dornier Do-17 bomber left after World War II from the depths of the English Channel. The aircraft was shot down during the Battle of Britain in 1940 and the operation to retrieve it is the biggest of its kind in British waters, the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum said. The bomber was only discovered in 2008 when it was spotted by divers at Goodwin Sands, off the coast of Kent in southeast England. Sonar scans confirmed it was a Dornier Do-17, and experts say it is in a "remarkable condition".
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