WINGS of a World War One bomber found in the roof of a Flintshire warehouse have been given a more suitable home.
Last month the Leader reported how parts of wings of a Handley Page Type O biplane bomber – 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 – were found supporting the roof of a workshop in Connah’s Quay.
But now the prized artefacts have been relocated to an RAF museum in Stafford for use in a special First World War commemorative project.
The wings will be be put together with parts from a number of decommissioned warplanes, with a view to creating a replica plane to mark the centenary of the Great War next year.
It is expected that the wings will be constructed at RAF Cosford next year.
The wings were collected from the back of the building on Dock Road earlier this month, after being discovered in the roof in September.
Colin Barber, chairman of Rhydwymym Valley History Society, who first identified the wings, said it was a shame the wings had left Deeside despite their role in the First World War tribute.
“It is a great pity we couldn’t keep them in Wales,” he said.
“They’ve taken them out of the area and it would have been good for them to remain here, but it was the best result they were taken by the RAF museum.”
Historians believe the wings were bought to the Deeside area after the planes were decomissioned at RAF Sealand when the war ended in 1918.
Flintshire-based environmental campaigner Klaus Armstrong-Braun said he was disappointment the wings had left Connah’s Quay.
He said: “I’m annoyed by the lack of interest from local residents in this particular building, when there’s been discussions about there being a museum put in the town.
“This is one of the most important buildings in Connah’s Quay with one of the remaining bits of physical history in Connah’s Quay.
“Once you lose one link, you lose the whole chain.”