A HUNDRED years ago it was dropping bombs on Britain’s foes in the Great War.
Now historians think they have found part of a famous First World War bomber in the roof of a Flintshire warehouse.
The roof of the warehouse, which belonged to former shipping company Coppacks in Connah’s Quay, is being supported by the wings of a Handley Page Type O biplane bomber, experts announced this week
The roof of the workshop, on Dock Road, contains sections of the upper and lower wings of one of the famous bombers, which at the time were the biggest aircraft in the UK and were the only heavy bombers used by the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War.
Historians think the wartime artefacts would have been bought after the planes were decomissioned at RAF Sealand after the war ended in 1918.
Colin Barber, chairman of Rhydwymym Valley History Society, identified the plane in the building earlier this week.
“When we knew it was this giant aircraft, which was a collosus of its time, it was absolutely mindblowing.
“Everyone’s been knocked back by it, a 100-year-old plane in a local garage!
“People were so thrilled to find something like this in the run up the First World War centenary next year, it feeds beautifully into that.
“This is a major find, it’s really important, a unique and valuable piece – and it’s ours.”
Local environmental campaigner Klaus Armstrong-Braun has now contacted Flintshire Council to request that the entire building be considered a building of local interest.
The warehouse, which is now privately owned, was previously occupied by Coppacks ship chandlers, which specialised in supplies and equipment for ships coming in to the port of Connah’s Quay.
It has been unoccupied for the past five years – having served as a garage from the 1970s.
Mr Armstrong-Braun said: “This was brought to my attention by a historian whose mother lived in the area and who’d been looking into this site for a long time and wanted to protect the history of the area.
“The ship builders are important to Connah’s Quay.
“The aim of my agency is to ensure the protection of natural cultural heritage and it is important residents do not lose this heritage.”
Jerry Spencer, conservation and design officer for Flintshire Council, said: “The roof of the workshop behind the main building is supported by the recycled wings of a First World War Handley Page bomber.
“Officers are considering a request to add the building to the council's list of buidings of local interest.”