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New UK Airfield explore, with interesting finds..

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    Nice finds. Lovely little brass item

    Steve T

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    Thanks Steve and John for the

    As always Paul thanks for the positive ID on the brass item.

    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    Hiya chaps, may be barking up the wrong tree but going back to the Radome... (If I've worked out this picy uploader....), I was thinking along these lines. The dome under the nose. Obviously the shape of the dome changed on other models of the Shackleton but this one was the closest I could find on a quick search.

    Martyn.
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    P.S. I know Shackletons not used 'til 1951 .

    Adrian, e-mail that you and Whitehunter may be able to use

    Martyn.

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    Martyn,

    Thanks for the picture and the time it took you to find, it certainly looks similar to the radome we found.

    All the Best.

    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    I returned to the site at the weekend and spent a few hours searching, its proved quite sparse but there stuff in a thin seam all over the area.
    I haven't had a chance to clean the few finds I made but took a few in the soil type pictures.

    First item is a nicely stenciled NAAFI enameled bowl, the bottoms gone so I didn't keep it.

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    There are lots of fragments of dated cups and plates but this one came out almost complete with only a small slither missing from the handle, so it came home with me.

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    I like this a half pint beer jug, all complete but cracked. It came out just next to the cup.

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    Now 'What's that?' a glimpse of green only just caught my eye as I dumped the next shovel of spoil on the pile. A gentle hand excavation followed, my heart beating fast and hard was it a b......

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    Yes it is an RAF cap badge and what a wonderful verdigis green colour, My trip was worth while just for this.

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    This caught my eye, and no I didn't keep it. A bakelite toilet lid.

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    A vehicle engine with gear box attached not sure whether its contemporary or post war. The gloves mine for scale (No I didn't keep it)

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    Spark plugs were marked Dodge or Lodge, hard to tell with all the muck.

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    A few more will follow.

    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    Here are the last few

    This was a surprise, its a third of a tommy helmet. Notice the spring type arrangement for securing the strap to the helmet? The white colour is caused by corrosion rather than paint.

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    The next couple of pictures show a layer of chaff or 'Window'. It was a metallic foil cut in different ways/thicknesses to create different confusing images jamming enemy radar. It was dropped by a wide variety of aircraft.

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    The stuff kept coming out in clumps like this, I kept a few.

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    Last picture shows a large paint tin, I dug up loads of these most had originally contained a dark kharki green paint judged from the runs down the outside (The picture looks slightly lighter than in real life). The rest about a one third contained a light blue paint the same colour as used on aircraft undersides. I'm kicking myself now for not taking a picture of a blue type never mind next time. I didn't keep any of these

    Thats it for now.
    Most of my finds were out of the ground and in my bag before I thought to photograph them so Ill be posting pictures of the cleaned stuff as soon as possible.

    LUCKYSTRIKE
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    Nice finds there that man! Pity the beer glass was cracked as it would be something of a kick to have refilled it. Having said that, I suspect you'd prefer it to be a pint and not a half!

    Are the lugs still on the back of the badge? I hope it cleans up well for you. The picy was courtesy of those nice people on 'Wiki'. Not always accurate but a fairly good source of info' when needs must.

    Martyn.

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    Hi Martyn,

    Yes the badge retains its lugs but they're a little mishapen but the pin is missing.

    All the best.

    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    The Elsan loos were used on most of the larger bombers - I remember having to be persuaded to carry one down from a moorland Stirling crash site many years ago & recall the lid was just like that one!

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