A few years back I stumbled across a beach, purely by accident, on which I found a couple of 50cal bullets. Returning a few weeks later with my MD, I found a bucket full of them and put the reason for them being there down to the position of the beach..........in The Wash, an area used in WW2 for gunnery practice by both airforces.
I forgot about the place until last week when, again purely by accident, stumbled across a reference to the beach and it's use as a USAAF bomber aircrew gunnery range !!!! Armed with this info and quite a few very nice pictures of the area during and after the war, (good old Google earth !), I returned to see if I could find more than I did a couple of years previously.
That first visit a few years back I had kept to the high water mark along the beach. With this new info I ignored the beach and searched the waste land behind the dunes.
This is what I found.
Firstly before any cleaning.
Then after cleaning
A close up of the undamaged 50cal bullets and one lonely little 30cal !
Quite a few of the bullets I found were quite badly damaged. I suppose hitting the target and/or stoney ground tends to do nasty things to a 50cal bullet !
I also found a few coins as well, all with a date that would put them in the right era to have been dropped by the trainees or instructors.
And very strangely one lone cartridge. Strange because I found it at the base of one of the target embankments, 200 yards away from where the guns were sited. Wonder how it got there !
Headstamp places it in 1944
Lastly a close up of one of the bullets. I've left this one like this as I spotted it in the shingle as I walked back to the car. The corroding metal has formed a kind of concrete with the sand and turned the base of the bullet into rock. It even has a couple of shells attached to it !
Anyway, a decent enough visit. I might use some of the bullets with the 50cals from my airfield to make a few nice display pieces.