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TitleTyphoon aircraft salvaged from Blackwater.
Abstract

Mersea fishermen often had damaged nets from a 'fast' in the River, and eventually Mike Lungley persuaded divers to go down, see what was there, and to try and salvage it. A barge was used as a base and a number of divers were involved.

The wreck of the aircraft contained live ammunition, which was subsequently disposed of by the Military. The wreckage was brought ashore on the mud at the back of the Nass. Much of it soon deterioriated. Some bits were taken to East Essex Aviation Society Museum and Point Clear and some have found a resting place in homes on Mersea Island.

The Typhoon had been forced to ditch on 22 March 1944 when the engine over-revved on take-off from RAF Bradwell Bay. The pilot, Flt Sgt R.W. Pottinger was rescued, taken to the Naval Hospital in Brightlingsea, but returned to the Squadron next day.

The colour photographs were originally taken on Brian Jay's camera.

There was an article on the Typhoon in the Regatta Programme 2005.

SourceMersea Museum / Karen Kallaby
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 Colchester Diving Club salvaging Typhoon which had ditched in the River Blackwater during WW2. The boat belongs to Derek 'Dink' Ball. Ashley Upsher in orange sitting on barge. Brian Jay in diving gear with his back to the camera. In the red hood is Captain Bill King from Harwich, with his wife Mavis to the right.
 Photograph by Brian Jay.  CDC_TYP_001
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Title: Colchester Diving Club salvaging Typhoon which had ditched in the River Blackwater during WW2. The boat belongs to Derek 'Dink' Ball. Ashley Upsher in orange sitting on barge. Brian Jay in diving gear with his back to the camera. In the red hood is Captain Bill King from Harwich, with his wife Mavis to the right.
Photograph by Brian Jay.
Date:1971
Source:Mersea Museum / Karen Kallaby
 Colchester Diving Club salvaging Typhoon which had ditched in the River Blackwater during WW2. A section of the wing resting on the mud. The conger eel was living in the wing.
 Typhoon No. R.8895 was based at Bradwell Bay. It ditched in the River Blackwater 22 March 1944, after the engine over-revved on take-off and the pilot could not make height. The pilot, Flt Sgt R.W. Pottinger, was rescued.
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<p>2016 - there are two heritage projects running that are dedicated to the Hawker Typoon. <a href=http://www.hawkertyphoon.com/> www.hawkertyphoon.com/</a> in the UK and <a href=http://www.typhoonlegacy.com/>www.typhoonlegacy.com</a> in Canada.
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Title: Colchester Diving Club salvaging Typhoon which had ditched in the River Blackwater during WW2. A section of the wing resting on the mud. The conger eel was living in the wing.
Typhoon No. R.8895 was based at Bradwell Bay. It ditched in the River Blackwater 22 March 1944, after the engine over-revved on take-off and the pilot could not make height. The pilot, Flt Sgt R.W. Pottinger, was rescued.

2016 - there are two heritage projects running that are dedicated to the Hawker Typoon. www.hawkertyphoon.com/ in the UK and www.typhoonlegacy.com in Canada.

Date:1971
Source:Mersea Museum / Karen Kallaby