War­bird shore is a shock

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A BEACH­COMBER used a 99p plas­tic spade to dig up the re­mains of an en­gine from a Ger­man bomber which crashed on a beach.

Chris Glead­ell be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter com­ing across a cog and other parts stick­ing out of the sand.

He re­turned to the beach near his home in Sher­ing­ham, Nor­folk, at low tide with a child’s spade bought from a toy shop. Chris then scooped around the en­gine so he could see more.

He said: “I dug out around it for an hour or so to ex­pose one camshaft with a cou­ple of con rods and five pis­tons. The cog is the main camshaft gear.”

The keen ex­ca­va­tor found lo­cal history re­ports which re­vealed a Junkers Ju 88A-5 bomber had crash-landed at the spot af­ter abort­ing a bomb­ing raid on Liver­pool on May 3, 1941.

The twin-en­gine bomber was hit over Skeg­ness, Lincs, by an RAF Boul­ton Paul De­fi­ant night fighter of 151 Squadron, flown by Guy A Ed­min­son and Sgt A G Beale.

The plane’s four-man crew sur­vived and were taken prisoner by the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

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