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Mystery stainless ammo boxes

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    Can anyone ID these stainless steel boxes please? They were found at what is thought to be an aircraft crash site on a beach in the UK by a friend of mine.

    They do look like ammo boxes, but they are quite small in volume - we think they would only hold around 60 rounds at best. They are the correct size for 0.50 Cal.

    My friend says there were 8 of them.

    There's no manufacturers stamp but they do have the part number:

    AC ET 11932

    If not from a fighter, they could belong to a turret... Almost certainly American.
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    Not sure what they are actually off, but I have most of one of the larger of the two from Grafton Underwood stamped AC ET 1 1939.
    What with them likely to be ammunition bins the ET may stand for Emerson.

    EDIT: Looking at the manuals, I think these are the seperate sections that make up the internal ammunition hoppers from a Ball Turret.

    PB

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    Thanks Paul

    Does anyobe have a piccy of them in situ?

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    Not the best view, but they can be made out in this photo:
    Sperry Ball Turret | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    I did find a much clearer image yesterday but I can't remember where...

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    Thanks Paul - that's great. Maybe the whole turret is down there still... If there's any more news i'll post some pics.

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    Cheers Elliot.

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    Superb!

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