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About 5 years ago, my French friend and colleague located a crashed WW2 aircraft in the mud and silt of the river Orne in Normandy. After spotting something sticking out of the mud in the Orne estuary near Caen at low tide he decided to investigate. He could see only small parts of the legendary Spitfire plane at the site, close to the D-Day landmarks of Sword Beach and Pegasus bridge, however it was enough to start an incredible recovery project. My colleague has vast experience in Archaeology and recovery, however had never recovered an aircraft from the mud and silt of a river before. Recovery planning started, and target research uncovered a tragic WW2 story, which was later published in the Daily Mail. The main recovery problem was that the team could only dig the site at low tide. They overcame this problem with a brilliant idea, which not only worked, but was gentle on the relic airframe, preserving history. For anybody interested, I will post about this incredible find, it is a remarkable story. The picture below shows the location site marked at high tide. I have a picture journal of the entire recovery.