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Friday, 8 Apr 2011

New 3D imaging reveals sunken Dornier 17 is still intact

New images have been released of the Dornier 17 German warplane which crashed and sank off the Kent coast on 26 August 1940, revealing that the plane is still intact.

There are hopes that the slim "flying pencil" aircraft can be retrieved from the sands and put on show at the RAF Museum at Hendon.

Originally designed to carry passengers, by the start of World War II the plane had been converted into a military plane used in the Battle of Britain assaults on British cities and RAF airfields in the summer of 1940.

A total of 1,700 Dorniers were built, but the plane discovered in Kent at Goodwin Sands is believed to be the last surviving one.

Dornier 17 Z-2, serial number 1160, of number 7 squadron, 3 Group, third Bomber Wing, was shot down and made an emergency landing into the sea just off the Kent coast. Two of the four crew members died, while two survived and became prisoners of war. The plane sank to the bottom of the sea and rested on its back on the Goodwin Sands, which soon covered it up.

The BBC has been given copies of the 3D images of the plane, which are impressively clear. See BBC for the images and a video.

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