On September 14, 2013, a French team managed to retrieve the remains of one Dornier 217 that crashed in June 1944 in the Pyrenees Mountains.

This team, led by Gilles Collaveri’s association, “AEROCHERCHE” had located them in a 90 Meter deep cave hole in 2012.

Thanks to the sponsorship of 328Group, an aircraft service provider and continuing the legacy of Dornier name, and with the authorization of the French Ministry of culture, a  team of 15 speleologists went down this cave hole and took these parts back to light. They had been protected from the rain and the weather for 70 years and several nice parts were found such as a fuel management indication plate or an aileron fragment still with paint;

This Do217 from KG100 was coming back with a sistership aircraft from Cherbourg where they  completed a maritime mission and they probably did not see the mountains and crashed at the same time, a few kilometers one from the other.

The parts found are historically fascinating because not one single complete Do217 aircraft remains on earth today.

These parts will be shown (i) at 328 group headquarters in Germany, on the historical site where the Dornier aircraft were built (ii) in the Berlin Technic Museum (ii) at the Dornier Foundation on the Lake Constance (iii) in the “Aeroscopia” Museum that will open in Toulouse next year (iv) in the Museum of Bagneres de Bigorre which today already shows three BMW engines from these two aircraft.

The team is now looking for the families or relatives of the crews.

If you want more details on these aircraft or their story, feel free to contact gilles.collaveri@hotmail.fr

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24159975