A German bomber shot down off the coast of Kent in the Second World War has been lifted from the English Channel after more than 70 years. The Dornier 17 plane, believed to be the only surviving intact example of the aircraft, will be restored at a site in Shropshire before going on display at the RAF Museum in Hendon, north London.
Peter Dye, director general of the museum, said: “The RAF museum has worked extremely closely with SeaTech [the dive company involved in the project] throughout this process, and both organisations remain determined to complete this challenging task and see the Dornier safely recovered as planned and delivered to the museum’s conservation centre for preservation and public exhibition”.
Damage to historic Mali sites ‘underestimated’
The extent of damage to historic sites in Timbuktu is much worse than had been estimated, according to experts from UNESCO. Staff from the UN agency, who travelled to the city in Mali for the first time since its occupation by Islamist militants earlier this year, discovered that more mausoleums had been damaged and more documents lost than had been previously thought.
’10th-century lamps’ found at Northampton Castle
Two oil lamps believed to date from the 10th century AD are among the artefects discovered in an archaeological dig on the former site of Northampton Castle. The project, which is being carried out ahead of the development of a new railway station in the area, has already revealed a range of other objects including a Saxon brooch and a medieval silver penny.
‘Final letters’ of Eva Braun uncovered
An expert on Nazi Germany claims that she has found previously undiscovered letters written by Eva Braun as Soviet troops took control of Berlin in April 1945. The letters, purportedly verified by the descendants of the recipient Herta Schneider, span the days leading up to Braun’s suicide alongside her husband Adolf Hitler on 30 April.
Medieval dungeon found near Faversham
A dungeon and prison thought to date from the 14th century have been uncovered in the Kent market town of Middle Row. The site’s use as a jail is believed to be supported by other local records, and archaeologists will document the discovery before the completion of work to install a new water main.
Jersey hoard is ‘world’s largest’ Celtic coin discovery
A hoard of coins found in Jersey in 2012 is the “largest in the Celtic world”, according to a local expert. Jersey Heritage Trust conservator Neil Mahrer has been working on a replica of the haul, which was estimated to be worth as much as £10m at the time of its discovery.
‘Oldest man in history’ dies in Japan
A man thought to have been the oldest to ever have lived has died in the Japanese city of Kyoto. Jiroemon Kimura, who was 116 years old, was born on 19 April 1897 and worked in a post office for much of his life. He reportedly had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.