in

WWII aircraft discovered on English beach after 76 years


Debi Hartley, a 51-year-old warehouse supervisor and her partner, Graham Holden, a 54-year-old lorry driver, were walking their dog Bonnie on Monday on a beach in the town of Cleethorpes when they spotted the plane.

The couple did not initially realize what the wreckage was, and spent 45 minutes exploring it and taking photographs before identifying it, Hartley told CNN.

After they returned home to begin researching it they discovered the plane dated back to World War II.

Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum confirmed to CNN it believed the plane to be a Bristol Beaufighter TF.X, with the aircraft serial number JM333, from the 254 Squadron RAF.

Ian Thirsk, RAF Museum head of collections, said in a statement to CNN that the aircraft crashed on April 21 1944 soon after take-off from nearby North Coates in Lincolnshire after both engines failed.

“The crew were uninjured and escaped to safety,” Thirsk added.

The couple discovered that the crew likely escaped from the aircraft and survived the crash.

Speaking to CNN, Hartley said she had been surprised to stumble across the “amazing” wreckage, given that she and her partner had walked on that stretch of beach many times before.

“(I had) never seen anything like it before in my life,” she said.

“We took the the dog on her usual walk and all of a sudden we saw this wreckage,” she added. “It was an amazing find.”

A well preserved example of a  Bristol Beaufighter TF.X at the RAF Museum, London.

“My partner has lived in Cleethorpes for 30 years and he’s walked that same walk (all that time) and never come across it before.”

She said that before the unique discovery she “wasn’t interested in history at all” but…



Please follow article at original source CNN top news

What do you think?

Written by admin

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading…

0

Comments

0 comments

Transfer rumours: Sane, Hernandez, Hendrick, Bellingham

Coronavirus: Greece to open up in two weeks, but not to the UK