RAF Luftwaffe Dornier 17 Bomber Recovery Project goes on display one year on

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RAF Luftwaffe Dornier 17 Bomber Recovery Project goes on display one year on

WWL ALS is privileged to have been involved in one of the most important historic projects in recent years to recover the aircraft from beneath the English Channel.

The Dornier Bomber was shot down over the Kent Coast in World war 2 over 70 years ago, with the loss of 2 of it’s crew in the Battle of Britain on Goodwin Sands.

This project was purely funded by fund raising including a National Heritage Memorial Fund a grant of over £345,000 which allowed the operation to start.

WWL ALS have been involved in this high profile and challenging project as part of a tri company tendering team that won the project almost 3 years ago over an 8 month period from the planning and bidding stages.

The WWL ALS Team was responsible from off hook including the coordination of removal from the barge ramp, loading to specialist trailers, transportation, escorting and supervising lifting/offloading from vehicles at the RAF Museum in Cosforth.

The last surviving Dornier 17 Bomber was laid to rest at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosforth in Birmingham one year ago and has undergone painstaking work on the remains before it could go on public display.

When the aircraft arrived at Cosforth it weighed 9 Tonnes, however only around 5.5 Tonnes was the aircraft’s weight as the reminder was a mixture of sand, seaweed and barnacles from the sea bed.

Further information:

BBC news – http://www.bbc.co.uk/search/?q=dornier
RAF museum – ALS mention as partner/ stakeholder – http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/news/dornier-do-17-arrival-at-raf-museum-cosfor/
Video – ALS escort vehicle and mention http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDpI838THpI