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RAF airbase dump - New site and a new dump !!

Article about: Hi All I went on a recon trip today with three sites to look at with a view to getting permission for the RRPG to dig them. I only needed to visit one site as I got permission on my first at

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    I like the pot!!! Very nice.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Plenty more where that came from jerry, and hopefully some complete bits.

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    Exciting finds! Even on previously dug sites it is amazing what can be found. One mans trash is another mans treasure etc. It's great to see the contrast between 'as dug' and cleaned in your previous threads so I'm looking forward to the progress of this one.

    Mark.

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    Cleaning slot has been booked with the wife over the weekend Pics to follow.

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    Cleaning completed

    It is with great pleasure and excitement that I present to you the cleaned finds from a very short visit, most of which you will recall came from the surface. I don't know who has been previously digging the site but they know sod all about WW2 relics !!! Still......their loss due to lack of knowledge is my gain

    Here we go...............

    First up the rusty iron bits that will fall to bits if I clean them too much. Far right are a few 20mm links, middle a couple of transport nuts, above those what looks like a No 36m base plug tool.

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    Odds and sods next. Loads of flare carts. A couple of caps off something, an electrical fitting without markings, and a couple of electrical connectors. Also an engine bearing or big end cap off something.

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    Has some markings on it but mostly it's corroded badly.

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    One of the caps has markings, and a date of '42.

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    More odds and ends. A glim lamp disc, shaving foam tube, a big bulb, a strange item that reminds me of an old fashioned choke, and three 'dials'

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    Close up of the three dials. They look like they might fit the glim lamp so are they markings for the dimmer ?

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    A few more odds but a little more identifiable.

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    Lots of markings on this. Radio part ?

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    An on/off dimmer switch with an AM stamp and code. 5C - Aircraft electrical switches. Cockpit light switch ?

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    A little connector. 10H - Radio Connectors, Discs Indicating, Fuses, Leads, Plugs and Sockets and Ancillary Parts

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    It wouldn't be an RAF base without 303s !!!!

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    Armour piercing........

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    ......and incendiary. Nice blue annulus as well just to make the ID clearer

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    Now the finds of the visit. First up a group shot of all the No 848 bomb pistol parts.

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    In amongst these parts are these two. A no 28 tail pistol firing pin and a No 28/30 arming wingnut.

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    A really nice base from a No 848

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    You may recall from the 'before cleaning' shot that I had 4 of these with the protective cap in place. Most fell apart when I tried to clean them, but this one held together so I will leave it like this. The cap covers the arming vane.

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    Most of the arming vanes had large chunks of the vanes missing, but three were more or less complete. These were the ones still covered by the caps

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    I get goosebumps everytime I look at these. One of my best ever finds. A whole stack of No 28/30 tail pistol bakelite protective caps and 14 No 28 tail pistols. 10 are completely intact, 4 have minor damage.

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    Some carried dates as well as stamps denoting what make of pistol they are......

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    And just in case you are in any doubt about the caps. Here are 4 of the tail pistols with the caps screwed on

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    The whole of the RRPG is digging the site next weekend, (weather permitting), so keep an eye out for our post reporting on what was found. I've got a feeling the finds are going to be amazing !



    Steve T

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    Wow they scrubbed up well! realy is treasure trove of finds,and they look great cleaned up.Would you mind showing once displayed?

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    Close up of the three dials. They look like they might fit the glim lamp so are they markings for the dimmer ?

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    The clue's written on them Steve...

    Time delay dials from RAF No. 849 Fuzes, used with 4.5" TI (Target Indicator) flare clusters.
    Due to the 70-second delay plus the Safe position they are from MkIII 849s.

    All the best,
    PB

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    Diagram:

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    Note the stem and cap are similar to that of the No. 848 Fuze.

    All the best,
    PB

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    Very exciting finds Steve, can't wate to see more!

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    Hey Steve,
    Good clean up, very exciting stuff I love those little dials and PBs ID.
    LS

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