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Identification of bomb bay (?) panel

Article about: The above has been found by a detectorist in the middle of a randon field. Any info on whether it is RAF or USAAF would be appreciated. Looks right for a WW2 item It has now been cleaned and

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    The above has been found by a detectorist in the middle of a randon field. Any info on whether it is RAF or USAAF would be appreciated. Looks right for a WW2 item

    It has now been cleaned and the text deciphered as:.............

    .......indicator to safe 2 rotate tail cone clockwise (looking forward) approximately 10 degrees (number 8 on tail cone and arrow on ... ody will be in line) until an audible "click" is heard 3 insert first bomb thhrough the front bay. push in ..n the bomb, ....orcing the kickout to rotate in .......... an audible "click" is heard. this indicates that kickout has rotated its limit and is in locked position turn tail cone clockwise until number 7 is in line with ...... there will be a click indicating that ...... otors are positioned fo ...... ading second bomb. (this time through the rear bay) 5 load remaining bombs alternately through front and rear bays, each time following procedures in operation 3 6 leave safety latch in SAFE position until ready to attach container to bomb. a .... to READY - rotate tail cone slightly clockwise and hold firmly. turn safety latch to READY position and then release tail cone CAUTION if the tail cone is inadvertently rotated past the next loading position or an empty kickout is observed ........... as follows:-grasp tail cone firmly and rotate slightly clockwise. move safety latch to READY position retain hold on cone and let cone ....n until rotor assemblies are properly positioned. move safety latch to SAFE and resume normal loading.

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    Interesting instruction plate, the terminology sounds British. I added in a few 'guessed' words for fun

    1. Turn indicator to safe
    2. Rotate tail cone clockwise (looking forward) approximately 10 degrees (number 8 on tail cone and arrow on body will be in line) until an audible "click" is heard.
    3. Insert first bomb thhrough the front bay. push in ..on the bomb, Forcing the kickout to rotate in .......... an audible "click" is heard. this indicates that kickout has rotated its limit and is in locked position turn tail cone clockwise until number 7 is in line with arrow, there will be a click indicating that rotors are positioned for loading second bomb. (this time through the rear bay)
    5. Load remaining bombs alternately through front and rear bays, each time following procedures in operation 3.
    6. Leave safety latch in SAFE position until ready to attach container to bomb. a .... to READY - rotate tail cone slightly clockwise and hold firmly. turn safety latch to READY position and then release tail cone CAUTION if the tail cone is inadvertently rotated past the next loading position or an empty kickout is observed Do as follows:-grasp tail cone firmly and rotate slightly clockwise. move safety latch to READY position retain hold on cone and let cone turn until rotor assemblies are properly positioned. move safety latch to SAFE and resume normal loading.

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