with the sonar aid and confirmed it was almost complete. Missing parts were the
fuselage tail cone with tail wheel, complete right side of the tail surfaces assembly
and left vertical tail surface, landing flaps, engine covers, fuselage nose glazing,
bomb bay and landing gear doors. Landing gear itself was still in wheel wells with
tyres still inflated. Despite keeping the wreck location secret „sport divers“ got to it
and removed two of its six machine guns. The preparations for the wreck recovery
started with the participation of RAF Museum, Wessex Archeology company and
London Port Authority. The proposed budget was 600,000 GBP, National Heritage
Memorial Fund contributed more than half of it.The first recovery attempt in May
2013 was spoilt by the weather but on June 10, 2013 first time after 73 years, Dornier
surfaced. It was hanging on the crane in the air for a while-it was its last flight.
Then in was loaded on the barge. Next day the divers scanned the sea bottom
and still recovered several pieces that had been separated from the airframe, for
instance a propeller, wing and engine parts. The wreck was then transported to
the RAF Museum in Cosford where they separated the fuselage from the wings.
After that, in order to stop corrosion, all parts were stored in the large bathtubs
were they were sprayed with citric acid and other compounds on the regular basis.
This lasted for two years followed by the lengthy process of the wreck restoration
which continues until these days. Initial plans to exhibit Dornier in the RAF Museum in London were abandoned. During the restoration it turned out that several
parts of the airframe are too fragile and the aircraft might not survive the transportation. Therefore it will remain in Cosford after the restoration is completed.
Do 17Z from KG2 after an emergency landing. Judging by the yellow band in front of the tail surfaces the aircraft belongs to an Eastern Front unit in 1941.
After 73 years Dornier Do 17Z-2 W.Nr. 1160 is emerging from the sea.
INFO Eduard - March 2021