Scilly Fisherman Lands WWII Aircraft Engine

The aircraft engine, photographed by Robin Mawer

The aircraft engine, photographed by Robin Mawer

An islands’ fisherman has recovered a World War II aircraft engine from the seabed.

It’s thought that the 9-cylinder BMW air-cooled rotary engine, probably from a wartime German Arado 196 or Heinkel 115 floatplane.

It was landed at Porthmellon by Barry Bennett after snagging in his fishing gear north of Tresco.

Keen photographer and wildlife watcher Robin Mawer snapped a photo of the engine. Robin says there’s some very interesting marine growth on the recovered part.



One Response to Scilly Fisherman Lands WWII Aircraft Engine

  1. David Metcalf April 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I wonder if this is the plane that my grandfather Graeme Metcalf helped to shoot down from St Agnes in 1940. Would be great to hear from any of the older island residents who might remember or have heard about this incident.