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Plenty of finds from a new site on a British Airfield.

Article about: 145 and 146 is definatly somthing to do with the weapons system as the same idea is in use today. The pilot can turn his weapon system to safe or not have all the required safety conditions

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ID:	192893This is the workshop diagram from my Humber Heavy Utility and you will see the locking ring and how it is used, John.

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    Quote by iramsden View Post
    Does anybody know if FM is a Fairey inspector's stamp? I've never seen it listed as such but I've seen it on a lot of parts from dump sites which could be from Fairey designed aircraft. I haven't dug a Fairey aircraft yet but we're working on finding a Battle. Hopefully this will confirm it.
    IIRC its "F8" - will try to get out to the workshop and poultry sheds to have a look - about 1 ton from a couple of Firefly out there somewhere !

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    Hi LS,

    Pic no.86 is a customer inspection stamp for various U.S. Navy or Marine aircraft such as Avengers, Wildcats and Catalinas.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Just found this list. It's pretty comprehensive covering most types of inspection codes and miscellaneous part numbers, Air Ministry Equipment Codes etc. It confirms that F8 and FM are Fairey stamps. It may be worth making this list a 'Sticky' in the correct forum if approved of.

    Regards, Ned.

    Manufacturer Codes/inspectors stamps:

    AS = Airspeed
    AW = Armstrong Whitworth
    BP = Boulton Paul (possibly EP)
    C = Canadair (inspector's id number is arranged vertically within the C) (Sabre Mk.4 & Mk.6)
    CAA = Commonwealth Aircraft
    CCF = Canadian Car & Foundary (Hurricane Mk.IIB and Mk.IIC)
    CH = Claudel Hobson
    DH = de Havilland
    DHB = de Havilland, Broughton
    DHC = de Havilland, Christchurch
    DHL = de Havilland, Lostock (usually propellers)
    EEP = English Electric Preston
    FB = Bristol
    F8 = Fairey Engineering
    FL = Folland
    FM = Fairey
    GAL = General Aircraft Limited
    G5 = Gloster
    GHCH = George Hardman Ltd. of Haywood Lancs
    HA = Hawker – also 41H?
    HP = Handley Page
    HPL = High Speed Plastics Ltd. of Bangor, N.Wales
    LAP = London Aircraft Production Group (Halifax)
    LBSB = Austin Motors Longbridge
    LTAF = London Aircraft Production Group (Halifax)
    MCO = Morris Cowley Oxford
    N = Noorduyn (UC-64 and Harvard)
    PAC = Percival Aircraft Corporation
    PP = Miles
    PPA = Miles (Phillips & Powis)
    R = Republic
    R2 = Rootes Secturities (Blenheim, Beaufighter and Halifax)
    R3 = Avro
    RR = Rolls Royce
    RY = Avro (Yeadon)
    SB = Short Brothers
    SFR = Rootes Speke
    SR = Saunders Roe
    SHB = Short & Harland Belfast
    SHR = Short & Harland Rochester
    TAM = Tampier (Bloctube Controls Ltd. of Aylesbury)
    TAY = Taylorcraft
    VA = Victory Aircraft
    VACB = Vickers Armstrong Castle Bromwich
    VACH = Vickers Armstrong Chester
    VABL = Vickers Armstrong Blackpool
    WA = Westland



    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



    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
    55, 56 = AT-6
    77, 78 = AT-6A
    84 = AT-6B
    88 = AT-6C
    121 = AT-6D
    168 = AT-6G
    804 = AT-11
    54576 = AT-17
    701 = Avro Athena T2
    540 = Avro 504K
    582 = Avro 504N

    187 = Baltimore (Martin)
    PD = Battle
    PC = Battle
    PA = Battle
    156 = Beaufighter Mk1F
    152 = Beaufort
    126 = Beaufort DAP
    192 = Belvedere (Westland)
    B101 = Beverley (Blackburn) C1
    555 = Bison
    142M = Blenheim Mk IF
    149 = Blenheim Mk Ib
    160 = Blenheim Mk V
    130A = Bombay
    12, 13, 14 or 19 = Boomerang (CAC)
    B26 = Botha
    164 = Brigand
    F2A = Bristol Fighter
    19 = BT-9
    19A = BT-9A
    23 = BT-9B
    29 = BT-9C
    63, 74, 79 = BT-13
    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
    C1 = Chipmunk T10
    60 = Cirrus Moth Mk I & II
    6 = Comet Mk I – IV
    20 = Commando

    C47 = Dakota Mk I
    C53 = Dakota Mk II
    C47A = Dakota Mk III
    C47B = Dakota Mk IV
    P82 = Defiant
    104 = Devon
    89A = Dominie Mk I
    ‘(B = Dominie Mk II
    4 = Dove

    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
    (letter prefix) 49 = Hamilcar
    HP52 = Hampden Mk I
    HP54 = Harrow
    16 = Harvard I
    66 = Harvard II
    88 = Harvard IIa
    AT16 = Harvard IIb
    HP67 = Hastings
    HP94 = Hastings C4
    DB7 = Havoc I
    DB7A = Havoc Mk II
    75 = Hawk (Curtis)
    P1182 = Hawk (BAe)
    C130K = Hercules (Lockheed)
    14 = Heron
    HP50 = Heyford
    3 = Hornet
    87 = Hornet Moth
    AS51 = Horsa (Also marked AS58)
    16 = Hudson
    L-214 = Hudson Mk I
    L-414 = Hudson Mk II-VI
    P1067 = Hunter Mk I
    P1099 = Hunter Mk6
    P1101 = Hunter T7

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

    87 = Kittyhawk (P-40)

    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
    252 = Martinet
    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)

    73 = Mustang I (Also NA83)
    91 = Mustang Ia
    97 = A-36 Apache (with dive brakes)
    99 = P-51A / Mustang II
    102 = Mustang III
    103 = P-51C (early version) / Mustang III
    104 = P-51B (later version) / Mustang III
    106 = Mustang
    109 = Mustang IV
    111 = P-51C (later version) / Mustang III
    111 = P-51K-NT (early Dallas-built = Mustang IVA
    122 = P-51D-NA (later version) / Mustang IV
    124 = 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

    82B = Queen Bee (Pilotless?)

    C1-13 = Sabre (F-86)
    10 = Sea Vixen
    VS2 = Sea Wolf
    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
    21 = Trident
    621 = Tutor (Avro)
    89 & 93 = Thunderbolt

    637 = Valetta
    706 & 710 = Valiant
    A00 = Vampire Mk F1; F3; F5; F9
    13 = Vampire NF10
    15 = Vampire T11
    668 = Varsity
    12 = Venom
    V146 = Ventura
    237 = Ventura Mk V
    HP80 = Victor
    498 = Viking C2
    FB27 = Vimy Mk IV
    698 = Vulcan

    03 = Wackett (CAC) (02, 06)
    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
    AW = Whitley
    SP = Whitley
    01 or 02 = Wirraway (CAC)
    244 = Wildebeeste I
    258 = Wildebeeste II
    267 = Wildebeeste III
    286 = Wildebeeste IV

    685 = York C1


    Air Ministry Equipment Codes:

    5A = Ground Lighting and Miscellaneous Equipment
    5B = Aircraft Wiring Assemblies
    5CW = Aircraft Electrical Switches, Switchboxes, Relays and Accessory Items
    5CX = Aircraft Electrical Lamps, Indicators, Lampholders and Accessory Items
    5CY = Aircraft Electrical Plugs, Sockets, Circuit Markers, Suppressors and Accumulator Cut-outs
    5CZ = Aircraft Electrical Miscellaneous Stores
    5D = Aircraft Armament Electrical Stores
    5E = Cable and Wire Electrical Stores
    5F = Insulating Materials Electrical Stores
    5G = Special Ground Equipment
    5H = Standard Wiring System
    5J = Batteries Primary and Secondary
    5K = Electrical A.G.S and Bonding Stores
    5L = Electric Lamps
    5P = Ground Charging, Transforming Equipment and Motors
    5Q = Ammeters, Micro-ammeters, Milli-ammeters, Voltmeters and Milli-voltmeters
    5S = Strip Wiring Components
    5UA = Aircraft Engine and Air Driven Electrical Current Producing Equipment and Spares
    5UB = Aircraft Electrically Driven Electrical Current Producing and Transforming Equipment and Spares
    5UC = Aircraft Electrical Current Control Equipment and Spares
    5UD = Aircraft Electrical Motors, Blowers and Spares
    5UE = Aircraft Electrically Driven Pumps, Accessories and Spares
    5V = Aircraft Electrical Domestic Equipment
    5W = Aircraft Electrical Actuators, Accessories and Spares
    5X = Component Parts of Wiring Assemblies
    6 = Nav. & optical Equipt.
    6A = Aircraft Instruments
    6D = Oxygen Equipment
    6F = Aircraft Personnel Equipt.
    7; 8, 9 = Aircraft Armaments
    9A = Aircraft Towed Target Gear
    9B = Armament Ground Instructional Equipment
    10A = Miscellaneous Radio (Wireless) Equipment
    10AB = Miscellaneous Radio (Radar) Equipment
    10AC = Unassembled Items peculiar to Radio with Generic Headings similar to those in Sections 28 and 29
    10AD = Items and Assemblies performing Circuit Functions (Nomenclature commencing Letters A-K)
    10AD = Items and Assemblies performing Circuit Functions (Nomenclature commencing Letters L-Z)
    10AF = Calculating, Indicating and Measuring Equipment
    10AG = Tools and Tool Boxes peculiar to Radio
    10AH = Telephone Head Equipment, Microphones and Receivers
    10AJ = Mountings and their Component Parts
    10AK = Dials, Handles, Knobs,Plates, Escutcheon, Pointers, Pressbuttons and Scales
    10AL = Screens and Insulating Components and their Assemblies
    10AM = Labels (Radio)
    10AP = Boxes, Cases, Covers and Trays, other Cases, Transit
    10AQ = Furniture, Tentage, textile Materials and Ventilator Equipment, peculiar to Radio
    10AR = Machinery, Machine and Mechanical Parts other than those in Section 10AC
    (Nomenclature commencing Letters A-K)
    10AR = Machinery, Machine and Mechanical Parts other than those in Section 10AC
    (Nomenclature commencing Letters L-Z)
    10AT = Windows and Visors
    10AU = Strip Metallic
    10B = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Aerial and Mast Equipment and Insulators
    10BB = Radio (Radar) Aerial and Mast Equipment and Insulators
    10C = radio Chokes, Capacitors and Inductors (see also Joint-Service Catalogue)
    10CV = Joint Service Common Valves
    10D = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Equipment, Modulators, Panels, Receivers, Transmitters etc.
    10DB = Radio (Radar) Equipment, panels, Power Units, Racks, Receivers and Transmitters
    10E = Magnets and Radio Valves (Industrial Types)
    10F = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Starters and Switch Gear
    10FB = Radio (radar) starters and Switch Gear
    10G = Ground Telephone and Telegraph Equipment
    10GP = Ground Telephone and Telegraph Equipment - Post Office Pattern
    10H = Radio Connectors, Discs Indicating, Fuses, Leads, Plugs and Sockets and Ancillary Parts,
    Holders and Terminals.
    10HA = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Connectors, Cords Instrument and Leads
    10J = Radio Remote Controls
    10K = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Power Units and Transformers
    10KB = Radio (Radar) Power Units and Transformers
    10L = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Control Units
    10LB = Radio (Radar) Control Units
    10P = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Filter and Receiver Units
    10PB = Radio (Radar) Filter and Receiver Units
    10Q = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Indicating Units
    10QB = Radio (Radar) Indicating Units
    10R = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Transmitter Units
    10RB = Radio (Radar) Transmitter Units
    10S = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Test Equipment
    10SB = Radio (Radar) Test Equipment
    10T = Radio Monitors and Wavemeters
    10U = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Amplifying Units, Loudspeakers and Sound Reproduction Equipment
    10UB = Radio (Radar) Amplifying Units and Loudspeakers
    10V = Radio (Wireless and Radar) Oscillator Units
    10VB = Radio (Radar) Oscillator Units
    10W = Radio Resistors and miscellaneous Spares
    10X = Radio Crystal Units
    10Y = Cases Transit (general Radio purposes)
    11A = Aircraft Bomb Gear
    11C = Rocket Projector Gear
    12A= Bombs (Live)
    12B= Bombs (Dummy)
    12C= Ammunition
    12E = Torpedoes
    12F= Misc. Armament
    14 = Photo Equipment
    15A = Man-carrying parachute Equip.
    15C= Equipt Drop & Sea-Dropping Apparatus
    15D = Supply Drop & ASR Equipt.
    22C= Flying Clothing
    27C= Survival Equipment
    40H Gun Turret Cases and Airtight Containers
    50A Aircraft Gun Turrets
    50CC Boulton Paul Gun Turret and Gun Mounting Tools
    50DD Bristol Gun Turret Tools
    50EE Frazer Nash Gun Turret Tools
    50H Aircraft Gun Turret Maintenance Equipment
    50J Free Gun Mountings


    26AE Chipmunk T MK 10
    26AF Hurricane including Tempest spares
    26AJ Spitfire & Seafire
    26AL Sunderland 5
    26AN Oxford 1 & 2
    26AQ Sea Hawk
    26AT Wellington B10 T10 & 18
    26BA Halifax
    26BJ Martinet 1
    26BM Attacker F & B
    26BN Proctor 3 & 4
    26BP Beaufighter TT10
    26BT Barracuda 3
    26BU Gannet AS1 & T2
    26BV Sycamore HR
    26BW Dominie 1
    26BX Typhoon including Tempest spares
    26BY Mosquito & Sea Mosquito
    26BZ Firefly
    26DA Javelin F (AW)
    26DB Whirlwind & Westland Sikorsky S55
    26DC Vulcan B
    26DD Anson
    26DE Victor B1
    26DF Beverley C
    26DG Seamew
    26DH Scimitar F1
    26DJ Belvedere HC
    26DK Lightening
    26DL Comet 2 and Nimrod
    26DM Britannia
    26DN Gnat Trainer
    26DP Alouette (British spares)
    26DQ Basset CC1
    26DR Beaver AL
    26DV Venom FB NF & Sea Venom FAW
    26EA Lancaster , Lincoln 2 & York C1
    26ED Horsa 2
    26EH Meteor F8 & T7
    26EM Sea Otter
    26EN Auster
    26ER Tempest 2, TT5 & 6
    26ET Meteor NF & TT20
    26EV Vickers 1000 Transport Aircraft
    26EW Hornet & Sea Hornet
    26FA Brigand
    26FC Vampire & Sea Vampire
    26FH Sea Fury
    26FK Hastings
    26FL Valetta & Viking
    26FM Prentice T1
    26FN Devon C or Sea Heron
    26FP Shackleton
    26FR Winged Targets
    26FU Balliol & Sea Balliol
    26FV Dragonfly HC & HR
    26FW Heron
    26FX Hunter & De Havilland N139D(Type 110)
    26FY Sea Vixen
    26FZ Canberra
    26GA Bristol standard parts for Beaufighter, Brigand & Buckmaster
    26KK Osprey
    26LK Hercules CMK1
    26MM SA330E Anglo-French Helicopter
    26NA Buccaneer
    26NB Belfast
    26PH Phantom GRF
    26PJ Jet Provost T
    26PN Percival Provost T1
    26PP Pembroke HC, C1 & Sea Prince
    26RA Jaguar
    26SA Pioneer CC1
    26SH Sea King
    26SK Skeeter
    26SR Valiant B
    26SS Swift
    26SW Scout [& Wasp]
    26TA Andover
    26TD Dominie T
    26TP Twin Pioneer
    26TT Tiger Moth 2
    26TV Varsity T1
    26UU Wellington 1
    26V Hart DB & India & T
    26VA Harrier GR
    26VC VC10C
    26WA Argosy
    26WW Whirlind (helicopter)
    26WX Wessex

    British hardware

    28D Bolts A.G.S.
    28E Clips A.G.S.
    28F Couplings A.G.S.
    28FP Aircraft Fastner and Quick Release Pins
    28G Eyebolts A.G.S.
    28H Ferrules A.G.S.
    28J Filler Caps and Fuel Filters A.G.S.
    28K Fork Joints A.G.S.
    28L Locknuts, Lockwashers A.G.S.
    28M Nuts A.G.S.
    28N A.G.S. Miscellaneous A to O
    28P Pins A.G.S.
    28Q Rivets A.G.S.
    28R A.G.S. Miscellaneous P to R
    28S Screws A.G.S. Miscellaneous A to O
    28T Studs A.G.S.
    28U Trunnions and Turnbuckles A.G.S.
    28V Unions A.G.S.
    28W Washers A.G.S.
    28X Wire A.G.S.
    28Y A.G.S. Miscellaneous S to Z
    29A Bolts and Nuts, General Hardware
    29B Screws, General Hardware
    29C Eyelets, Roves, Screw Cups, Washers, General Hardware
    29D Nails, brads, pins panel, tacks, staples, springs, General hardware
    29E Pins, Woodruff Keys, General Hardware
    29F Rivets, General Hardware
    29G Ironmongery- General hardware (buttons, upholstery, fasteners, hasps, hinges, keys, locks, padlocks and studs upholstering)
    29H Miscellaneous hardware (Bowden accessories, chains, clips hose, grips, bulldog, rings, spllt, seals, shackles and steel wire rope)
    Last edited by big ned; 04-03-2011 at 02:17 PM. Reason: fatfinger syndrome.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Thats IT , locking nut rings, knew id seen them somewhere, little buggers

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    Hi Friends and thank you once again for your comprehensive help with ID's on relics I found.

    Hi Ned, Firstly I must say a big Thank You from everyone on the forum for the comprehensive list of Air Ministry Numbers, Inspection Codes, Manufacture codes etc. This is absolute gold dust to me and Im sure many others. I agree with you this list should be made into a sticky. Thanks also for the ID on the US Customer Inspection stamp, this is an eye openner for me because there is no history of US involvement at the site or even US aircraft. But saying that last year I also found a US mess tin around the same air field so they must have been there at soon time.
    Hi Dave, I did think it a little to precisely made for a zip pull, its made of something like aluminium so isn't too strong.
    Hi Ivor, Thanks again for your ID on the Flexi air tubes I did try to find the AM code but didn't get the result you did. But with Neds recently uploaded list everything is going to be much easier.
    Hello John, Thanks for the lock nut ID I would never have got that, being bakelite/plastic I wouldn't have thought it strong enough but actually I suppose it doesn't require too much strength to stop the main nut from moving.
    Thank You All.
    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    LS, the locking nuts are the items you thought were zip pulls, aluminium, the elongated slot is the fixing point

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    " Thanks also for the ID on the US Customer Inspection stamp, this is an eye openner for me because there is no history of US involvement at the site or even US aircraft." QUOTE.

    Hi LS,

    There may not have been any U.S. involvment at all. Remember, the U.S. supplied lend lease aircraft throughout the war, even before they were officially in it after Pearl in Dec. '41. In fact the Grumman Wildcat (Martlet in British service) first saw action in 1940 with the Royal Navy and FAA. The Grumman Avenger was used as well as a bomber/torpedo bomber by both services on land and sea. Catalina's were employed in many roles including Recon, ASR, and Sub hunting to name a few. So it is entirely probable that some of these aircraft or others of American manufacture may have been at your aerodrome at some period during the war.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Here's a few more cleaned finds.

    So how's this for a pile of Merlin engine exhaust manifold gaskets . All of these came out of just one smallish hole and it's only some of what is down there, I found so many I left most but I'll go back to open the hole up to get a couple pictures and see if anything else is down there.
    Most were stacked one on top of each other forming tubes. So this is probably how they were supplied to the base and they were later buried when the base finally shut down. They seem to me to be fairly common finds from many airfields so I guess exhaust manifolds were removed and replaced on the Merlin engines at a fairly frequent rate?

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    There were quite a few of these gaskets mixed in too, but I have no idea what they're off.

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    A piece of aero alloy studded at the corners, I don't know what it is but its well marked. I assume the N stands for Noorduyn manufacturer?

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    A nice valve almost the same as two I found early (pics 37 & 38) but they didn't have a screw to adjust the flow rate and were marked GUNFIRE?. This value is adjustable from the underside and has an Air Ministry marking of 6D so was used for oxygen supply.

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    The final picture is a mixture of finds showing another air crew W/T plug, a nice chained brass nut still showing traces of the original green paint, another good condition still shiny brass flare cartridge base, a formica gauge surround and a gun sight bulb.

    a few more will follow

    Thanks for looking.

    LUCKYSTRIKE
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    Default Re: Plenty of finds from a new site on a British Airfield.

    This appears to be the front of an electronic device perhaps radio or transmitter, it retains much of the original paint but sadly has no markings that I can find.

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    An aluminium gasket? and a sprung steel precision toothed wheel?

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    Next is a mixed group, first is perhaps a fuel oil canister threaded cap, next is unidentified perhaps its an off cut from a cut out, which was drilled out by dozens of neat small holes around its edge or perhaps it's a bored mechanics trench art of an alloy leaf? and finally a nicely marked pad lock. The trade mark seems to be a couple of squirrels and a baby?

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    This is the third plate I've found like this but this one is by far the best preserved. The alloy item above was originally rivetted to it's back and being hinged at the top would have, when attached to a control surface been able to fold it back out of the way when not needed.

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    The alloy hinged part is well marked?

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    A couple of marked alloy rings, the complete circle shows it was made by Gloster.

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    Not sure of the name of this type of cooker is it Dixie? but it is one of the two cooking supports over the heating flame.

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    The remains of an electrical component like a tuner.

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    The remains of a nice thermometer, the backing is made of brass, perhaps part of a small weather station on the base.

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    The last picture and out of order appears to be a large brass sieve probably part of a filter device, perhaps for fuel or oil. As you can see it is quite large.

    If you have any idea what any of these relics are please post your ideas, thank you for any help.

    LUCKYSTRIKE
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