WWII aircraft buried by sand discovered on English beach after 76 years

Debi Hartley and Graham Holden found the World War II aircraft buried on a beach in England.

(CNN)A British couple have found the wreckage of a crashed World War II fighter plane, believed to be a Bristol Beaufighter TF.X aircraft, on a beach in northeastern England.

Debi Hartley, a 51-year-old warehouse supervisor and her partner, Graham Holden, a 54-year-old lorry driver, were walking their dog Bonnie on Monday on a beach in the town of Cleethorpes when they spotted the plane.
Debi Hartley and her partner discovered the wreckage on Monday while walking with their dog, Bonnie.
The couple did not initially realize what the wreckage was, and spent 45 minutes exploring it and taking photographs before identifying it, Hartley told CNN.
    After they returned home to begin researching it they discovered the plane dated back to World War II.
    The couple spent 45 minutes studying the wreckage before realizing it was a crashed plane.
    Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum confirmed to CNN it believed the plane to be a Bristol Beaufighter TF.X, with the aircraft serial number JM333, from the 254 Squadron RAF.
    Ian Thirsk, RAF Museum head of collections, said in a statement to CNN that the aircraft crashed on April 21 1944 soon after take-off from nearby North Coates in Lincolnshire after both engines failed.
    "The crew were uninjured and escaped to safety," Thirsk added.
    The couple discovered that the crew likely escaped from the aircraft and survived the crash.
    Speaking to CNN, Hartley said she had been surprised to stumble across the "amazing" wreckage, given that she and her partner had walked on that stretch of beach many times before.
    "(I had) never seen anything like it before in my life," she said.
    "We took the the dog on her usual walk and all of a sudden we saw this wreckage," she added. "It was an amazing find."
    A well preserved example of a  Bristol Beaufighter TF.X at the RAF Museum, London.