It does look very decayed, but it is the sole surviving example of it's type. I am an enthusiastic student of WW2 military history and the RAF museum at Hendon have another example of a crashed Halifax bomber rescued from a fjord in Norway.
The difference here being that the Halifax was retrieved from a fresh water fjord whilst this Dornier has been retrieved from the sea, meaning of course that the corrosive effect of the salt water will be much greater.
It will be very interesting to military historians both amateur and professional to be able to view the remains of this aircraft once it is put on display assuming of course that the corrosive effects of the sea water can be stabilized.
As a wartime child in London, we had packs of aircraft recognition cards; as kids we would spot Dorniers, and in particular Junkers 88's (I can remember their sound even now) and other German aircraft, and more often than not, like morddwyd, we only went into the shelter when bombing was imminent. I remember my granny reading a "Rupert" book to me whilst watching such aircraft flying through Flak from Finsbury Park - My friends and I would then go out and collect shrapnel to swap.(Luckily did not pick up a butterfly bomb). I guess this recovered aircraft will be difficult to restore - the engines are due up soon ; although metal ,maybe some lessons from the Mary Rose will be of use?
When are we going to hear any news about those crates of spitfires supposedly hidden underground in the Far East? I think somebody was having a larf....
I too remember the sound of the German Aircraft engines as they flew over and I was about 100 miles away from any big city. Like jb, we had aircraft recognition posters and cards everywhere. The LDV (that shows Brumas my age) were recently formed and they had them. They also had pitchforks, scythes, axes and various other farm implements as weapons, and wooden dummy rifles to drill with. Captain Mainwareing types were also in charge, so the TV people got it right.