German WWII bomber raised from English Channel decades after it was shot down

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  • Updated: June 10, 2013 - 5:47 PM

LONDON -- A British museum on Monday successfully recovered a German bomber that had been shot down over the English Channel during World War II.

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davehougJun. 10, 13 7:23 PM

This pic shows the difference between salt water and lake Superior when it comes to preservation.

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DufferHJun. 10, 13 9:37 PM

"Remarkably undamaged?" Not hardly. You notice they are not talking about any restoration efforts.

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petenelsonJun. 11, 13 2:30 AM

This is a flying tomb, given that there were likely 6-8 German airmen on board this bomber when it was shot down, which accounts for its ragged status. So, this is a preservation effort vs. a restoration, for those who are critical. Whatever is left of the crew will be salvaged, relatives notified, and plenty of space will be between the exhibit and the public.

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EleanoreJun. 11, 13 9:04 AM

This would have been a war grave of up to 4 crewmen, pilot, copilot/navagator, and two gunners. Google it.

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EleanoreJun. 11, 1310:14 AM

Could, not would. Maybe they'll figure out if it was after the fact. Now it's going to be a curosity in a museum.

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EleanoreJun. 11, 1310:36 AM

Maybe we should do this with the Titanic, or perhaps the USS Arizona. Thoughts?

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EleanoreJun. 11, 1311:45 AM

With a little web research I’ve found that two members of the crew died when the plane crashed into the sea while two others, including the pilot, survived and became prisoners of war. At least one of the men who died, Luftwaffe Corporal Heinz Huhn, is buried at the Cannock Chase German war cemetery in Cannock, central England so it's likely not a war grave. The plane will now be restored and exhibited at the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, London. Cool.

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