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Article about: Hi All This item was found on a WW2 airfield by a friend of mine. Initially I thought it was an American rifle grenade but the tail seems too short. I then thought it could be a 2inch mortar

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    Hi All

    This item was found on a WW2 airfield by a friend of mine. Initially I thought it was an American rifle grenade but the tail seems too short. I then thought it could be a 2inch mortar with the tail fins rotted off, but why the circular bit on the end of the tail ?

    So, the question is, what is it ?? Oxy bottle ? Fire extinguisher ? Ordnance ?

    Thoughts please

    Steve T

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    It is roughly 12inches long by 2inches in diameter.

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    It don't think it's a 2inch Mortar becasue the fins are made from alloy.

    Is that blue paint in the middle?

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    Not sure WH. I've only got that one photo and no other information. The blue bit looks like a small patch of corroded iron to me, not paint.

    Steve T

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    That's a gate valve handle on the top ...
    Most probably a moisture trap for a pressurised airline/oxygen system.

    Gary J.

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    I have a couple of White Phosperous rockets that look very similar. I will check them tonight to see if it's a match. If so be very careful till you know for sure. Bad things can happen with WP.

    Burt

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    Thanks Mil As I said, this is a friends find and not mine........but he did have the common sense to leave it where he found it until a positive ID can be made. He realises that EOD will need to come out if it turns out to be ordnance.

    Steve T

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    Looks about the right size and shape to be an H-1 bailout oxygen bottle, with the knob and dial on the top.

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    Thanks PB.


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    Don't think its a bailout / portable oxy bottle, wrong handle & no gauge that I can see - Looks like a CO2 bottle for inflating a large aircraft emergency dinghy - is it wire bound? I have one from a mosquito somewhere that is identical to this in condition from a dig.

    See this one: http://www.historicflyingclothing.co...tem.php?id=185

    However, I am a long way away and its your limbs / life, so if in any doubt, best call is leave it alone and report it though.

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    That looks more like it good id Nick

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