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BBC News – WWII Dornier bomber raised from English Channel

A German World War II bomber has been raised from the bottom of the English Channel.

The Dornier Do-17 aircraft was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain.

via BBC News – WWII Dornier bomber raised from English Channel.

Now the long haul up to Cosford, and the long haul of preservation begins.

For other blog posts here about this story, search for “Dornier”.

Incidentally, it’s been mildly annoying hearing all the female news presenters pronounce Dornier like their favourite cosmetics company.

RAF Museum, Cosford – a set on Flickr

(For those blessed with Flash-free iDevices, follow this link to the Flickr set page.)

This last week three of us took a four-hour drive from Kent to just the other side of Birmingham in order to visit the RAF Museum Cosford. None of us had ever been there before, and with the added attraction of rare public access to the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre, we decided it was worth the trip.

And it turned out to very well worth the trip. It’s a horribly long way for a day out—especially in November—but we enjoyed it a lot. Highlights for me were seeing a BAC TSR2 in the flesh, seeing progress on recreating a Handley Page HP.52 Hampden in the MBCC, and seeing the happy faces of youngsters on various school trips as they scampered around the museum exhibits.

The RAF Museum Cosford is free to enter, like the main museum at Hendon, London, but you have to pay for the car park. At £3 for a full day, it’s not that expensive. If you have any interest in aerospace history with a skewed British perspective, make time for a visit. You won’t regret it.

History of the Battle of Britain – Royal Air Force Museum

In this online exhibition we examine the economic factors and political forces that lead to the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939 and the Battle of Britain in 1940, before examining the phases of the Battle and its importance in preventing the invasion of the United Kingdom by German Forces in the autumn of that year.

As you probably know, I am a bit of a Battle of Britain nut. If the whole subject is a mystery to you, having a rummage around the RAF Museum microsite may help.

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I built this model over a decade ago. It represents a plane that was shot down near Maidstone, and was intended for a local museum display that never really got anywhere. This is the aircraft type that the RAF Museum hopes to recover from the Goodwin Sands.

The RAF Museum’s web site has a video of the 2010 underwater survey, which is well worth watching. It shows the remarkable state of preservation of the wreck.

BBC News – £80m Battle of Britain monument plan unveiled

Battle of Britain Beacon

Plans to erect a striking 116-metre beacon as a monument to the Battle of Britain have been unveiled.

The Battle of Britain Beacon will cost £80m and be taller than Big Ben.

The structure will be built at the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, north west London, and will house a permanent exhibition on the WWII air conflict.

The museum announced the scheme ahead of the 70th anniversary of the battle, which raged in the skies over Britain from July to October 1940.

Being a long-time Battle of Britain nut, I’m not sure what to make of this.