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The Dornier 17 Recovery Project

In 2008 the remains of an intact Dornier 17 were discovered on the seabed of Goodwin Sands. This was a discovery of international importance, as this aircraft, which was shot down on 26th August 1940, is the world’s only surviving Dornier 17.

With the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a number of other sponsors, including Wargaming.net, the Dornier 17 was successfully lifted from Goodwin Sands in front of a live international TV audience at 6:20pm on 10th June 2013 before being transferred to the Wargaming.net Dornier Interpretation Zone at Cosford.

This is just the beginning of a project that has developed new conservation techniques and new technologies to share with the our visitors at Cosford, London and on-line the powerful and poignant story of the Dornier Do17, the RAF, the people of Britain, and the early days of World War Two.


The recovery and conservation of the Dornier Do 17 was made possible by the National Heritage Memorial Fund, EADS, 328 Support Services, The Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation, Kirby Laing Foundation, The Hobson Charity, Atkins Charitable Foundation, John S Cohen Foundation, the RAF Historical Society and all those who wish to remain anonymous.