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    It would appear that Spitfire Spares.com, one of my old haunts now carries these details on their pages so rather than be accused of copyright theft, which I doubt it would be anyway, please see my list below. There are one or two extra details on the website mentioned.

    These codes are usually seen stamped either as a prefix to a part number, in a separate circled inspector's stamp or stamped separately on the item. British aircraft parts are almost always stamped - even bolt heads whereas US aircraft tend to mark larger parts and sub-assemblies only.

    Please bear in mind there are no hard and fast rules so always be open minded, especially when working at dump sites! You may indeed have just picked up a piece of a TSR-2 at a site where there's no logical explanation for it.


    UK Manufacturer Codes:

    AS = Airspeed
    AW = Armstrong Whitworth
    R3 = Avro
    BP = Boulton Paul (possibly EP)
    FB = Bristol
    DH = DeHaviland
    EEP = English Electric Preston
    F8 = Fairey Engineering
    G5 = Gloster
    HA = Hawker – also 41H?
    HP = Handley Page
    MCO = Morris Cowley Oxford
    PAC = Percival Aircraft Corporation
    PPA = Miles (Phillips & Powis)
    R = Republic
    SB = Short Brothers
    SFR = Rootes Speke
    SR = Saunders Roe
    SHB = Short & Harland Belfast
    SHR = Short & Harland Rochester
    TAY = Taylorcraft
    VA = Victory Aircraft
    VACB = Vickers Armstrong Castle Bromwich
    VACH = Vickers Armstrong Chester
    VABL = Vickers Armstrong Blackpool
    WA = Westland
    DHB = de Havilland, Broughton
    DHC = de Havilland, Christchurch
    DHL = de Havilland, Lostock (usually propellers)


    Miscellaneous Codes:

    AGS = Aircraft General Standard (Often on nuts and bolt heads)
    ALCLAD = Aluminium (Or “Alooominum” if from former colonies!)
    ALCOA = Aluminium Corporation of America
    PSC = Pressed Steel Company


    UK Aircraft Part Codes:

    P39 = Airacobra (Bell)
    AW41 = Albermarle Mk1
    652A = Anson (All Mk’s)
    660 = Argosy
    UC61 = Argus Mk1 (Fairchild)
    UC61A = Argus Mk II
    UC61K = Argus Mk III
    701 = Avro Athena T2
    540 = Avro 504K
    582 = Avro 504N

    187 = Baltimore (Martin)
    156 = Beaufighter Mk1F
    152 = Beaufort
    192 = Belvedere (Westland)
    B101 = Beverley (Blackburn) C1
    555 = Bison
    142M = Blenheim Mk IF
    149 = Blenheim Mk Ib
    160 = Blenheim Mk V
    130A = Bombay
    B26 = Botha
    164 = Brigand
    F2A = Bristol Fighter
    B103 = Buccaneer
    B339E = Brewster Buffalo
    105A = Bristol Bulldog Mk II & IIa

    EA3 = Canberra B2
    EA2 = Canberra PR3
    EA4 = Canberra Mk24
    SC4 = Canberra U/D 10
    28 = Catalina Mk I
    CH47 = Chinook HC1
    DHC1 = Chipmunk T10
    DH60 = Cirrus Moth Mk I & II
    DH106 = Comet Mk I – IV
    20 = Commando

    C47 = Dakota Mk I
    C53 = Dakota Mk II
    C47A = Dakota Mk III
    C47B = Dakota Mk IV
    P82 = Defiant
    DH104 = Devon
    89A = Dominie Mk I
    89B = Dominie Mk II

    AS10 = Envoy Mk III

    229 = Fortress Mk I

    60M = Gipsy Moth

    HP57 = Halifax Mk I
    HP59 = Halifax Mk II
    HP61 = Halifax Mk III
    HP63 = Halifax Mk IV
    HP63 = Halifax Mk V
    HP70 = Halifax Mk VIII
    HP71 = Halifax Mk IX
    HP52 = Hampden Mk I
    HP54 = Harrow
    NA16 = Harvard I
    NA66 = Harvard II
    NA88 = Harvard IIa
    AT16 = Harvard IIb
    HP67 = Hastings
    HP94 = Hastings C4
    DB7 = Havoc I
    DB7A = Havoc Mk II
    P1182 = Hawk (BAe)
    C130K = Hercules (Lockheed)
    HP50 = Heyford
    DH103 = Hornet
    AS51 = Horsa (Also marked AS58)
    L-214 = Hudson Mk I
    L-414 = Hudson Mk II-VI
    P1067 = Hunter Mk I
    P1099 = Hunter Mk6
    P1101 = Hunter T7
    97 = Hurricane

    TypeS = Jaguar
    TypeM = Jaguar T2
    GA5 = Javelin
    145 = Jet Provost

    683 = Lancaster (All Mks)
    691 = Lancastrian
    32 = Liberator
    22 = Lightning (P-38)
    P1B = Lightning Mk IF
    P25 = Lightning Mk 2F
    P26 = Lightning Mk 3F
    P11 = Lightning T4
    P27 = Lightning T5
    694 = Lincoln
    P8 = Lysander

    M14 = Magister Mk I
    679 = Manchester
    179 = Marauder
    M25 = Martinet TT1
    M9 = Master Mk I
    M19 = Master Mk II
    M27 = Master Mk III
    M16 = Mentor
    G41A = Meteor Mk I
    G41F = Meteor F4
    G43 = Meteor T7
    G41K = Meteor F8
    G41L = Meteor FR9
    G41M = Meteor PR10
    NA62B = Mitchell Mk I
    NA82 = Mitchell II
    NA-108 = Mitchell III
    98 = Mosquito (All Mks)
    NA73 = Mustang I (Also NA83)
    NA91 = Mustang Ia
    NA102 = Mustang III
    NA109 = Mustang IV
    NA97 = A-36 Apache (with dive brakes)
    NA99 = P-51A / Mustang II
    NA103 = P-51C (early version) / Mustang III
    NA104 = P-51B (later version) / Mustang III
    NA111 = P-51C (later version) / Mustang III
    NA111 = P-51K-NT (early Dallas-built = Mustang IVA
    NA122 = P-51D-NA (later version) / Mustang IV
    NA124 = P-51D-NT (late version Dallas built) / Mustang IV

    26 = Neptune
    HS801 = Nimrod (BAe)

    AS10 = Oxford MkI & II
    AS46 = Oxford MkV

    P66 = Pembroke
    F-4 = Phantom
    P28 = Proctor I
    P30 = Proctor II
    P34 = Proctor III
    P31 = Proctor IV

    DH82B= Queen Bee (Pilotless?)

    C1-13 = Sabre (F-86)
    696 = Shackleton
    382 = Spiteful
    300 = Spitfire Mk I; Ia; Ib
    329 = Spitfire Mk IIa & IIb
    375 = Spitfire Mk IIc
    353 = Spitfire Mk IV
    332 = Spitfire Mk Vb
    331 = Spitfire Mk Vb
    349 = Spitfire Mk Vc & LF Vb
    352 = Spitfire F Vb
    351 = Spitfire Mk VII
    359 = Spitfire Mk III
    361 = Spitfire Mk IX
    362 & 387 = Spitfire Mk X
    365 = Spitfire Mk XI
    366 = Spitfire Mk XII & XIII
    367 & 353 = Spitfire Mk XIII
    369 & 379 = Spitfire Mk XIV & XIVe
    380 = Spitfire Mk XVI
    394 = Spitfire Mk XVIII
    389 & 390 = Spitfire Mk XIX
    356 = Spitfire Mk F21; F22 & F24
    SB29 = Stirling
    S25 = Sunderland
    541 = Swift (Shorts)
    546 = Swift (Supermarine)
    171 = Sycamore HA12

    82 = Tiger Moth
    81A-1 = Tomahawk Mk I
    81A-2 = Tomahawk Mk II
    621 = Tutor (Avro)
    89 & 93 = Thunderbolt

    637 = Valetta
    706 & 710 = Valiant
    100 = Vampire Mk F1; F3; F5; F9
    113 = Vampire NF10
    115 = Vampire T11
    668 = Varsity
    112 = Venom
    V146 = Ventura
    237 = Ventura Mk V
    HP80 = Victor
    498 = Viking C2
    FB27 = Vimy Mk IV
    698 = Vulcan

    236 = Walrus
    462 = Warwick ASR Mk I
    413 & 611 = Warwick II
    460 = Warwick III
    474 & 475 = Warwick V
    485 = Warwick ASR Mk VI
    345 = Washington B1
    P14 = Welkin
    287 = Wellesley
    285 & 290 = Wellington I
    408 & 409 = Wellington Ia
    415 & 450 = Wellington Ic
    298 & 406 = Wellington II
    417 & 440 = Wellington III
    410 & 424 = Wellington IV
    407 & 421 = Wellington V
    442 & 449 = Wellington VI
    429 = Wellington VIII
    440 = Wellington X
    454 & 458 = Wellington XI
    455 = Wellington XII
    466 = Wellington XIII
    467 = Wellington XIV
    P9 = Whirlwind
    188 & 38 = Whitley Mk I
    197 = Whitley II
    205 = Whitley III
    209 & 210 = Whitley IV & IVa
    207 = Whitley V
    217 = Whitley VII
    244 = Wildebeeste I
    258 = Wildebeeste II
    267 = Wildebeeste III
    286 = Wildebeeste IV

    685 = York C1



    US Aircraft Part Codes

    T6 family are:

    16- NA-16 series
    19- BT-9
    28- NJ-1
    36- BC-1
    49- Harvard I
    54- BC-2
    55- BC-1A
    58- BT-14
    59- AT-6
    64- NA-64
    65- SNJ-2
    66- Harvard II
    68- NA-50A (P64)
    74- Harvard II
    76- Harvard II
    85- SNJ-3
    88 - T6C, T6D, SNJ-4 SNJ-5
    119- T6D
    121- T6D, T6F
    168 - T6G
    182- T6G
    186- T6J


    Trainers

    AT-6 North American = 55,59-
    AT-6 A North American =77,78-
    AT-6 B North American = 84-
    AT-6 C North American = 88-
    AT-6 D North American = 88,121-
    AT-6 F North American = 121-
    AT-6 G North American = 168-
    AT-11 Beechcraft = 804-
    AT-17 Cessna = 54576
    BT-9 North American = 19-
    BT-9 A North American = 19A-
    BT-9 B North American = 23-
    BT-9 C North American = 29-
    BT-13 Vultee = 63,74,79-
    BT-14 all North American = 58-
    BT-15 Vultee = 63,74,79-
    PT-13 Stearman = 75-
    PT-19 Stearman = 64,68-
    T-6 A Raytheon = 133-
    T-28 A North American = 159,171,174,189-
    T-28 B North American = 200,219-
    T-28 C North American = 226,252-
    T-33 A Lockheed = 176,177,178+
    T-34 B Beechcraft = 45-
    T-37 Cessna = 412+
    T-38 Northrop = 2,3-
    T-39 A North American = 246,265,276-
    T-39 B North American = 270-
    T-39 D North American = 277,285-
    T-39 E North American = 282-
    T-39 G North American = 306-


    Laison & Observation

    L-1 Stinson = 70-
    L-5 Stinson = 76-
    L-19/ O-1 Cessna = 172 to 186+, 800 to 890+
    O-47 A North American = 25-
    O-47 B North American = 51-
    OV-1 Grumman = 134-
    OV-10 Rockwell = 249,300,305-
    O-2 A Cessna = 142+


    Fighters & Recce.

    P-38 Lockheed = 19,20,21,22,23,24+
    P-39 Bell = 12,14,15,23,24,25,26-
    P-40 40,A,B,C on Curtis-Wright = 81-
    P-40 E, on Curtis-Wright = 87-
    P-47 D Republic = 89,93,101-
    P-47 N Republic = 96-
    P-51 North American = 91-
    P-51 A North American = 99-
    P-51 B North American = 102,104-
    P-51 C North American = 103,111-
    P-51 D North American = 109,111,122,124-
    P-51 H North American = 126-
    P-51 K North American = 111-
    P-59 Bell = 27-
    P-61 A,B Northrop = 51- or 513, 516, 517
    P-63 Bell = 33,37,41-
    P-80 Lockheed = 174,175,176+
    P-82 North American = 120-
    P-82 B North American = 123-
    P-82 E North American = 144-
    P-82 F North American = 149-
    P-82 G,H North American = 150-
    F-84 Republic = 30,37,38+L+
    F-86 A North American = 140,151,161-
    F-86 D North American = 164,165,173,177,190,201-
    F-86 E North American = 170,172-
    F-86 F North American = 172,176,191,193,202,227,231,238,256-
    F-86 H North American = 187,203-
    F-86 K North American = 205,222,213,221,242-
    F-94 C Lockheed = 45+
    F-100 A North American = 180,192-
    F-100 C North American = 214,217,222-
    F-100 D North American = 223,224,235,245-
    F-100 F North American = 243,255,261,262-
    F-101 McDonnell = 20,33+
    F-102 A Convair = 8-
    F-104 A Lockheed = 72,76,77,78,79+
    F-105 D Republic = 57,79-
    F-106 A Convair = 8-
    F-107 A North American = 212-
    F-111 General Dynamics = 12+L+
    F-117 A Lockheed = 20-
    F-4 all McDonnell = 32,53-
    F-5 Northrop = 2,3,4,6,7,14-
    F-15 all McDonnell Douglas = 67,68+L+
    F-16 all General Dynamics = 16+L+
    F-22 Lockheed = 50+L
    SR-71 Lockheed = 4A,549-


    Attack

    A-1 Douglas = 525+
    A-7 Ling-Temco-Vought = 215,216,218-
    A-10 Fairchild = 160+L+
    A-26 Douglas = 412,415,419,512,515,519+
    A-27 North American = 69-
    A-35 Vultee = 72-, 88-
    A-36 A North American = 97-
    A-37 Cessna = 41+


    Bombers

    B-17 all Boeing # = one to three digit number followed by a dash.
    B-24 D thru J Consolidated = 32+L+
    B-25 North American = 62-
    B-25 A North American = 62A-
    B-25 B North American = 62B-
    B-25 C North American = 82,90,93,94,96-
    B-25 D North American = 87,100-
    B-25 G North American = 96- NOTE: 96 is also used for C
    B-25 H North American = 98-
    B-25 J North American = 108-
    A/B-26 Douglas = 412,415,419,512,515,519+
    B-26 all Martin = 34,36,38-
    B-29 all Boeing # = one to three digit number followed by a dash.
    B-32 all Consolidated = 33-
    B-36 Convair = 36L
    B-45 North American = 130-
    B-45 A North American = 147-
    B-45 C North American = 153-
    B-52 Boeing = 4,5,25,34,35,36-
    B-57 Martin = 272-
    B-70 North American = 259,278-
    B-1 A,B Rockwell = L3,L5,L6,L12,L30,L32,L63+


    Transports

    C-45 all Beachcraft = 74,84,94,734,784,794-
    C-46 all Curtis-Wright = 20-
    C-47 all Douglas = 511,512,513,514+
    C-54 Douglas = 517,523,524+
    C-78 Cessna = 54576
    C-119 Fairchild = 110-
    C-130 Lockheed = 3+L+ to 38+L+
    C-135 Boeing = 5,6,8,9,25,35,39,60,64,65,69,90+
    C-141 B Lockheed = 5+L+
    C-5 A Lockheed = 4+L+
    E-3 A Boeing = 65,69,204+
    C17 Lockheed = NBA+


    Helicopters

    AH-1 all Bell = 209,212-
    UH-1 all Bell = 204,205-
    H-2 all Kaman = K6+
    H-3 all Sikorsky = S61+
    H-34 all Sikorsky = S16+
    CH-46 all Boeing = A02+L+
    H-47 all Boeing = 114+L+
    H-53 all Sikorsky = 65+
    H-54 all Sikorsky = S64+
    H-58 all Bell = 206-
    H-60 A Sikorsky = 7+####-
    AH-64 A Hughs-McDonnell-Douglas = 7-


    USN Trainers

    SNB all Beachcraft = 74,84,94,734,784,794-
    SNJ 1 North American = 52-
    SNJ 2 North American = 65,79-
    SNJ 3 North American = 77-
    SNJ 4 North American = 88-
    SNJ 5 North American = 88,121-
    T2J 1 North American = 241,249,253,266-
    T3J North American = 246,277,285-
    T-28 B North American = 200,219-
    T-28 C North American = 226,252-
    T-34 B Beechcraft = 45-


    USN Fighters

    F2H McDonald = 15-, 23-
    F3H McDonald = 25-
    F4F all Grumman = 71+
    FM all General Motors = 71+
    F6F 3,5 Grumman = 24,25,26,27+
    F7F all Grumman = 37,38,39,40+
    F8F all Grumman = 10 to 16+,23,33,53,55,57+,66 to 80+
    F9F all Grumman = 136+,137+,139+
    F4U all Chance-Vought = VS+
    FG all Goodyear = VS+
    Fallschirmjager 1 North American = 134,141-
    Fallschirmjager 2 North American = 179,181-
    Fallschirmjager 3 North American = 194,215-
    Fallschirmjager 4 North American = 208,209,244,248-
    F-4 all McDonnell-Douglas = 32,53-
    F8U all Chance-Vought = CV+
    F-14 all Grumman = A51+L+
    F-18 all Northrop Grumman = 74+L+


    USN Attack

    A-1 Douglas = 525+
    AJ 1 North American = 146,156,160-
    AJ 2 North American = 169,184-
    AJ 2P North American = 175,183-
    A3J 1,2 North American = 247,263,269-
    A3J 3 North American = 269,279,283,296-
    A-4 Douglas = 155,355,400,557,566,567,582+
    A-5 see A3J North American
    A-6 all Grumman = 128+L+
    A-7 Ling-Temco-Vought = 215,216,218-
    AV-8 B McDonald = 75+L+


    USN Bombers

    PBM Martin = 162-
    PBY all Consolidated = 28-
    PB4Y all Consolidated = 100-
    P2V Lockheed = 14,28,30,31,33,41,42,43,44,51,52,
    53,66,82+,87 to 98+
    P-3 Lockheed = 800 to 940+
    C-2 A Grumman = 123+L+
    S-2 all Grumman = 89+L+
    SB2C 5 Curtis-Wright = 84-
    SBD Douglas = 106,109,119,205,206,219,405,406,412,
    419,505,506,515,519+
    TBM 3 Grumman = 20,21,22,32,34,35,36,51+


    Drones

    BQM-34 A Ryan = 124+L+



    Notes:
    No list can ever be claimed as definitive and 100% accurate or complete - there is and always will be inaccuracies and anomalies.

    You will have already noted contradictions e.g. 32 prefix could be a B-24 Liberator or an F-4 Phantom! Chances are that when the manufacturers were allocated part number prefixes, "diggers" were not consulted or borne in mind! Use common sense although there will be some dump sites where you could indeed get parts from both - RAF Burtonwood being a prime example! Makes the hobby more fun!

    The list cannot ever be considered complete - there are over 50 different codings for various Spitfire marks alone (if you wish to spend £100 you can the book with every part number for Spitfires listed!). Neither have I put every little piece of information I have here - got to keep some secrets to myself! What I have put is what I personally have compiled and is relatively freely available if you knew where to look. I have simply created a quick access reference that you can cut and paste for your own use. I will do a similar thread for the RAF reference numbers e.g. 5D/xxx etc.

    Hope this helps and that no-one sees this as being a spoilsport....there's more than enough stuff to dig up for everyone to enjoy.

    I would be grateful if anyone has any other codes to add to the database such as German or Soviet aircraft.

    Happy hunting!
    Last edited by skypilot; 07-21-2011 at 05:42 PM. Reason: Easier Viewing!

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    Superb list. This needs sticking in the aircraft archaeology section so we can access it easily

    Steve T

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    Yes, it was originally pinched from the FlyPast firum and posted on spitfire spares without any credit to those who worked hard (including myself) to put it together.

    The original link here: Aircraft part number list v4 - Key Publishing Ltd Aviation Forums

    Please feel free to contribute any ammendments/additions etc.

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    Elliott, yes indeed a lot of it is on the Flypast forum however a proportion of it came from my own efforts and I have added to it as new material has become available. I also had a lot of RAF codes on an old, typewriter printed list that dates back to the 80's, which may well have formed part of various researchers lists so I have not simply just lifted it and I am not claiming it is my own work, as stated elsewhere.

    I hope that clears up any suggestion that I have simply pinched it and passed it off as my own.

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    Hi SP - no I wasn't imying you had pinched it, rather that Graham Adlam did.

    Sorry for any confusion

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    No problem, and none taken () - I can understand how you would feel. More than once I have lent photos to one person and then found copies of them in the property of a third party who do not have the courtesy to acknowledge from whence such material was sourced.

    I think there may be a couple on my list(s) that you have not got or added in as yet? e.g. Hurricane, 4x/xxxx series and so forth, so please feel free to add them to the FP list if you wish.
    Last edited by skypilot; 07-23-2011 at 05:32 PM.

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    Wellington wreck part numbers.

    Recently the wreck of a Vickers Wellington was found on the tidal flats south of the Frisian Island Vlieland in the north of the Netherlands.
    I salvaged some parts from the wreck site and these have several numbers.

    Here some photo's of a detail of the geodetic structure with the numbers.
    Would anybody on this forum know if these numbers and letters could, in any way, be of help in identifying this aircraft.

    Kind regards,

    Dirk Bruin
    Vlieland

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