THIS WEEK IN 1971: Fisherman netsÂ parts of mystery bomber
An amateur diver went to the rescue when an Eastney fisherman's net was caught on a mystery object '“Â and dragged part of a Second World War bomber from the murky depths of Langstone Harbour.Â
Â 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.Â
It took the efforts of more than half a dozen men to carry the propeller ashore on to Eastney beach.Â
The specifications suggested the plane wasÂ British, almost certainly a bomber and probably the victim of an air battle during the war.
Mr Harknett, who lived atÂ 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.'Â '‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹