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Not a Messerschmitt! The story is just beginning - video

The propeller found is not from a Messerschmitt, as was assumed at the beginning of this story, which seems to be gathering pace. In all likelihood, this is the wreck of an English aircraft, which was known to absolutely no one and about which no information is available at the moment. Fortunately, a new find
Published: January 9, 2019 - 20:12
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:41
Not a Messerschmitt! The story is just beginning – video

The propeller found is not from a Messerschmitt, as was assumed at the beginning of this story, which seems to be gathering pace. In all likelihood, this is the wreck of an English aircraft, which was known to absolutely no one and about which no information is available at the moment. Fortunately, a new find is expected to help solve this World War II mystery.

On Monday 7 January, we informed of the discovery of an aircraft propeller believed to be from a German Messerschmitt BF-109 fighter shot down over Plymouth in 1942. Closer inspection, however, revealed information that identified the exact propulsion type and manufacturer…

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The propeller, after cleaning, revealed a nameplate from which it appears to be… an English Rolls Royce Merlin X, Gear Unit GU 16755. This propulsion unit is known from British Handley Page Halifax I, Vickers Wellington II and Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V and VII aircraft. The most interesting thing about all this is that no one has any information that any of the above mentioned units, lay at the bottom of Plymouth Sound.

So begins a new and probably extremely interesting page in Plymouth’s local history. History enthusiasts will try to find out exactly what type of aircraft was found and how it ended up in the surrounding waters.

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Source: facebook.com/TheShipsProject

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