An amateur diver went to the rescue when an Eastney fisherman’s net was caught on a mystery object – and dragged part of a Second World War bomber from the murky depths of Langstone Harbour.
With his specially equipped boat, Gina Anne, Maurice Harknett winched up a propeller, Bristol Perseus nine cylinder engine, inscribed with the date May 25, 1939.
It took the efforts of more than half a dozen men to carry the propeller ashore on to Eastney beach.
The specifications suggested the plane was British, almost certainly a bomber and probably the victim of an air battle during the war.
Mr Harknett, who lived at Milton and was a member of the Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, said: ‘Fishermen have lost their nets in the same area not so long ago.’