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Wreck of WW2 bomber found on beach in NE England

Fri May 29, 2020 9:36 am

The wreckage of what is believed to be a Bristol Beaufighter has been found by a local resident on the beach at Cleethorpes in north-east England: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-52837526 It's thought that the aircraft crashed soon after taking off from nearby RAF North Coates in April 9144. Both crew members survived. More on the Bristol Beaufighter here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Beaufighter
 
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Re: Wreck of WW2 bomber found on beach in NE England

Fri May 29, 2020 5:34 pm

The Beaufighter was a fighter-bomber rather than primarily a bomber aircraft though it was so versatile that, in addition to its heavy gun armament, rockets, torpedoes and bombs could all be carried, depending on variant and role.
 
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Re: Wreck of WW2 bomber found on beach in NE England

Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:56 pm

Fascinating. I wonder why it wasn't recovered at the time.

I also wonder how it so suddenly presented itself.
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Re: Wreck of WW2 bomber found on beach in NE England

Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:57 pm

cjg225 wrote:
Fascinating. I wonder why it wasn't recovered at the time.

I also wonder how it so suddenly presented itself.


Recovery likely wasn't a high priority in the middle of a war. The crew survived, and they probably stripped anything of use from it at the time. Tides must have deposited enough sand to cover it, and over time, moved enough of that sand for it to become visible again. I'm always reading stories of old shipwrecks along the Atlantic Ocean beaches that reappear after storms, and which are soon covered up again.
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Re: Wreck of WW2 bomber found on beach in NE England

Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:26 pm

I'm also inclined to believe that the aircraft may have simply not been in a salvagable state to begin with. It may have simply been thoroughly wrecked. It's virtually impossible to tell without some timely pictures made available.
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Re: Wreck of WW2 bomber found on beach in NE England

Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:04 am

Moose135 wrote:
Recovery likely wasn't a high priority in the middle of a war. The crew survived, and they probably stripped anything of use from it at the time. Tides must have deposited enough sand to cover it, and over time, moved enough of that sand for it to become visible again. I'm always reading stories of old shipwrecks along the Atlantic Ocean beaches that reappear after storms, and which are soon covered up again.

That makes sense regarding why it wasn't recovered at the time. But for why it presented itself so suddenly now, a storm would make sense... but you'd think they'd mention something like that in the article. Or maybe they didn't know.

The guy says he's been in that place many times, but maybe not recently.
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