Rescued Dornier bomber finally arrives at RAF Cosford

Staff have been gearing up for its arrival for years – and now the last surviving Dornier 17 bomber plane has finally made its way to RAF Cosford where it will undergo the first stage of a conservation project.

More than 100 people turned out at the site near Wolverhampton to welcome its arrival.

Children waved and cheered as lorries containing the dismantled aircraft went past.

The plane is now available for public viewing and it is expected to draw the interest of thousands of aviation fans from across the Midlands.

It had travelled from Ramsgate after being pulled out of the English Channel off the Kent coastline in a rescue operation which has been planned for several years but was finally carried out last week.

After it was unloaded in several parts it was placed in purpose-built hydration tunnels.

Crabs have been found in the engine of the salvaged bomber, shot down by the RAF in 1940, and traces of oil were found in the oil cooler.

General manager Alex Medhurst said: “It will be a rare and exciting opportunity for visitors in the Midlands to get up close and personal to a unique piece of aviation history.”

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Comments for: "Rescued Dornier bomber finally arrives at RAF Cosford"


I understand the historical views on bringing this up from the sea bed and working on it, however I don't understand that our own Vulcan is reliant on well wishers dipping into their own pockets to keep it operational.

Mel Sharpe

I'm 66 and as interested as most in WW2 aircraft. However, I can think of dozens of better ways of spending £500,000 than raising and "preserving" a load of barely recognisable metal.

So this actual aluminium was a Dornier 17.

Given that many WW2 aircraft were scrapped and that aluminium is a much recycled metal, the chances are that your Coke can contains some aluminium atoms from another Dornier 17 and even from the Defiant that shot it down.

Stare at the can, use some imagination and spend the money on something more constructive.