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Luftwaffe Dornier 17 off the Kent coast

Working closely with the RAF Museum at Hendon, the Port of London Authority (PLA) has surveyed the wreck of a German bomber sunk off the Kent coast.

A further detailed survey was recently carried out by the PLA and a BBC film crew was onboard the PLA's survey vessel "Yantlet" at the time.

 
PLA's Paul Cowderoy sets a course for the wreck site

PLA's Paul Cowderoy sets a course for the wreck site

Surveyor Alex Mortley lowers the calibration equipment ready for the survey

Surveyor Alex Mortley lowers the calibration equipment ready for the survey

Collecting the data

Collecting the data

PLA Deputy Port Hydrographer John Dillon-Leetch tells the BBC what is happening

PLA Deputy Port Hydrographer John Dillon-Leetch tells the BBC what is happening

Peter Machin of the BBC interviews John Dillon-Leetch

Peter Machin of the BBC interviews John Dillon-Leetch

Ian Thirsk of the RAF Museum at Hendon explains the significance of the find

Ian Thirsk of the RAF Museum at Hendon explains the significance of the find

PLA's Martin Garside with Ian Thirsk and Peter Machin

PLA's Martin Garside with Ian Thirsk and Peter Machin

Sonar scan of the Dornier on the sand

Sonar scan of the Dornier on the sand

Sonar scan of the aircraft

Sonar scan of the aircraft

 

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