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Welcome to Simon Parry's aviation archaeology site. Here we hope to tell you about some of the recent excavations that have been carried out in Europe and to provide useful links to web based resources.
Countless aircraft fell to earth during World War 2, many more crashed at other times, but remarkably few of the crash sites were accurately documented. Throughout Europe and indeed the rest of the World, enthusiasts have been gathering information about aircraft crashes in their regions from eye-witnesses before the stories are lost for ever. Mostly the wreckage of crashed aircraft were taken away at the time or salvaged for scrap, but occasionally it has been possible to recover of the remains of a crashed aircraft. Depending upon the significance and condition of the parts recovered, items found recently have been displayed in museums or have been used in restoration projects.

Simon Parry with Dambuster veteran George Johnson
during the filming of 'The Last of the Dambusters'.


The phenomenon of ‘Aviation Archaeology’ – finding the wrecks of long-lost aircraft – has captured the public’s imagination and millions have watched the TV documentaries as legendary machines have been lifted from their muddy graves. Popular history shows such as Channel 4’s TimeTeam and BBC2’s Time Watch and Meet the Ancestors - have featured these excavations, as have one-off prime-time documentaries.
This books follows the excavations, the history and the men and women who made the programmes happen – the Spitfire Hunters – to tell the fascinating inside story.
Featured shows:

The First Blitz - finding the Zeppelin L48 at Theberton (BBC2 TimeWatch)
Spitfire P9373 - Sgt Klipsch - No. 92 Squadron at Wierre-Effroy (Ch4 Time Team)
Billy Drake and the Fighter Boys – No. 1 Squadron Hurricane (BBC2 Meet the Ancestors)
Fighter Dig Live - Hurricane P2725 Sgt Ray Holmes / Search for the Lost Fighter Plane – (Ch5 - National Geographic)
Who Downed Douglas Bader? – Spitfire W3185 (Ch4)
Last of the Dambusters - Lancaster ED825 - George Johnson 617 Squadron (Ch5 - Military Channel)
Flying Fortress B-17s - 385th Bomb Group (Ch4 Time Team)
A-26 Invaders - Warton (Ch4 Time Team)

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BBC Dig1940
Details of the aircraft excavations undertaken for the new WW2 history series Dig 1940 made for BBC1.
Historian and archaeologist Jules Hudson with his aviation archaeology team - led by Steve Vizard and Gareth Jones - make some remakable discoveries.
1/ The Battle of France. Aircraft featured:
Do17 at Lubey and Ju87 at Valmestroff

2/ Battle of Britain Hurricane

3/ The Blitz - Heinkel He111

BBC Dig1940 site

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