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RAF base dump - RRPG dig - Feb 2013

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    Default RAF base dump - RRPG dig - Feb 2013

    Hi all

    Well, been back from the dig for a couple of hours and have finally managed to get the mud out of my ears

    The RRPG had its first dig of the year at a new site, one I've just recently gained permission for. It is an old RAF base dump, and one that turned up some truly remarkable finds.

    I shall start this thread with a little taster of what was dug, along with a pic of all who attended. Once stuff gets photographed and/or cleaned, the people who attended the dig will post what they found, so please keep checking this thread.

    First up, a group shot

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    From left to right.....Steve Newman, Salzburg, mossie, Sandy (the landowner), Jerry Wright, Davjb, LUCKYSTRIKE, 381st, gremlin, harry211, Jayh (right at back hiding), JD666, Richard_j, Whitehunter, Paul B.

    Please note that Davjb is not in a hole, nor wrapped around a large bramble bush........but he is in the video I have...

    One find I needed to photo quickly before the paper fell to bits was this little find.

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    And here is everything I managed to find and take home. Pictures of cleaned stuff to follow ASAP !

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    Cheers

    Steve T

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    Default Re: RAF base dump - RRPG dig - Feb 2013

    Excellent stuff Steve, love that group shot. A great day out and for once the weather really was kind Sunny but cool just perfect for the digging with lots of goodies found.
    Will up load my finds as they're unpacked.
    LS

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    That single frame of film:

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    PB

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    Default Re: RAF base dump - RRPG dig - Feb 2013

    Would someone be kind enough to post a couple of photos of my "Big Find" please?

    I've got the book out and am struggling to identify the exact type from memory (pretty sure it's a Type D). Ta.

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    Hey Paul,
    Here are the few pictures that I took of the large and Im sure rare beast, an RAF WW2 bomb trailer !!!

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    Cheers
    LS

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    Default Re: RAF base dump - RRPG dig - Feb 2013

    Presumably this is what you mean, Paul? Can't think that you found anything bigger.

    The trailer below is similar but doesn't quite look the same to me.

    Martin
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    "You will never know the whole truth" ~ Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski

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    Cheers.

    Confirming it's an RAF Bomb Trolley Type D, designed for the 4000lb Cookie:

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    IWM (CH 17903)

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    Default Re: RAF base dump - RRPG dig - Feb 2013

    Ta Salzburg,

    The two examples you posted photos of are Type C trolleys of early and late marks.

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    Looking forward to pictures of the other finds. Bomb trolly looks great, is it restorable?

    Hangarman

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    Probably not hangarman. The cross beams were more or less rotted through. Main spars were ok but the axles were completely banjaxed by the looks.

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