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Article about: A chance meeting with a friendly farmer recently got me permission to search a small wooded area on a former Norfolk B-24 base ... There were lots of spent .50 cal casings (obviously!) but a

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    A chance meeting with a friendly farmer recently got me permission to search a small wooded area on a former Norfolk B-24 base ... There were lots of spent .50 cal casings (obviously!) but also some rather nice discoveries ...

    First picture shows a nice aluminium cover stencilled 'Starter release' ... I'm 100% sure that this is from a Pratt & Whitney engine ... but cannot find a picture to prove it ... can anyone help?

    Second picture shows my favourite find ... a walk-around oxygen bottle ...

    Finally, some parachute harness buckles .... in fairly good stable condition

    Unfortunately the rest of the site was cultivated and I shall have to wait until the harvest before I can get onto it ... humph!
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture B-24 starter release_copy.jpg   portable oxygen cylinder_copy.jpg  

    parachute_buckle_copy.jpg  

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    Nice one Simon!!
    I love that walk round bottle!
    Dont suppose ther were any broken old spice bottles laying around

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    Thanks for the reply Andy .... lots of .50 cal .... but no Old Spice
    Believe it or not, the oxygen bottle was practically a surface find ...

    Of course, in a month or so certain sites will become available which will provide hours and hours of search time ... the harvest is getting very very close ...

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    Nice finds

    Love the starter release cover

    Steve T

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    First picture is an airframe part, not a powerplant part.

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    Thanks RickWG,

    Apologies for being imprecise ... no not part of the actual engine ... but still from somewhere in the vicinity of the engine nacelle ....

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    Getting a view of the location of the starter release hatch is going to be a pain in the proverbial, as I believe they are on the upper surface of the nacelles, way out of camera view.

    However, the shape seems to match the light-coloured panels in THIS PHOTO

    All the best,
    PB

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    Hi Simon,If it is Liberator,it should have the number
    32- followed by the part number.
    Cheers Mike

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    Thanks Paul & Versuch,

    the photo does seem to show similar sized panels ... I'm also sure that on my last visit to Duxford I saw the same hatch on their B-24 ... I'll also check for any part numbers and let you know ...

    Thanks again.

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    Nice finds, I am still amazed at what is being found on a regular basis on former UK Airfields, the condition of those items is superb.

    Steve

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