Remains of Nazi plane on display at museum

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The remains of a Nazi bomber shot down before it could carry out on raid on Wellingborough are among the new items on display at a county aviation museum.

The Dornier 217 G4 set off from Germany on a mission to drop bombs on key ironworks in the town on the morning of August 3, 1942.

But while its partner bomber managed to drop its load on the town, the large plane was shot down over Finedon by a Spitfire pilot, a Flight Lieutenant Black.

More than 50 years on the remains of the bomber have been dug up and are now on public view as part of a new display at Sywell Aviation Museum.

It is inside a new hall opened up at the museum which covers the impact of the German Luftwaffe on the county and charts the history of the US Air Force.

On Saturday the museum held an official opening for the new displays with a special event which included a Spitfire display and a show of military vehicles and uniforms.

Museum trustee Haydn Salter said: “The new displays are a fantastic addition to the museum.

“They further improve the exhibits we have here showing the impact of aviation in and around our county.”

Despite the poor weather so many people turned up for the event that the car park filled up and people were left having to put their cars on the grass bank outside the site.

Inside, the museum was full while people lined the landing strip to watch Peter Tiechman fly his Spitfire before landing.

A ceremony followed with a welcome speech by museum chairman Andy Shemans and the official opening of the new hall.

Mr Sheman said: “For whatever reason people in recent years are becoming more interested in what we have here.

“The numbers are going up and I think the fact we are opening new areas to the museum reflects that.

“I’m so pleased so many people have turned out today and I hope many more come along this summer season.”

The museum is open from every weekend and bank holiday until the end of September from 10.30am to 4.30pm.