Monday, 25 September 2017

An update on the Sandwich Flats B17 G 42 -31243 303rd bomb group ditched 01.12.1943

Sandwich Flats B17 G 42 -31243 303rd bomb group 427th bomb squadron ditched 1st December 1943.

25th September 2017
So far since February this year not many items have come ashore from the site of the B17. The wings are now deteriorating to such a point that the outer skin just flakes away. Same applies to the corrugated inner wing panel, as that is also breaking away in the tide. This is now exposing the fuel pipes and tanks.

In January this year parts of the right stabiliser came ashore. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and was able to retrieve parts that had come ashore. Once the wreckage is ashore away from the wreck site I can legally take them as they are classed as surface wreckage as long as I take them to a museum of which I did. Fortunately I was able to take them direct to the RAF Manston history museum where they were conserved immediately. It has taken a bit of time, as the B17 parts are now on display at the RAF Manston History museum. To date I have lost count of what I have found from the B17 at Sandwich Bay, but please be rest assured as every single piece is now with the Manston Museum conserving the B17 legacy.

Some of the pieces of the B17 flying fortress on display at the RAF Manston history museum found ashore at Sandwich Bay in a 12 month period between February 2016 and February 2017

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