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RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

Article about: Hi all Well, the RRPG members are participating in a 'Big Dig' weekend, and today has been a superb day with some fantastic relics recovered. I thought I'd get the thread started with pictur

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    More stuff cleaned, (and more will be cleaned later today ).

    Need some help on a few of these bits. One is, at the minute, very confusing !!

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    First up is this thing. Both myself and PB think it may be part of a gun sight mount but I am having trouble tracking one down that matches.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Then there is this little bracket/clip.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    It does have a marking on it but I can't find anything to match it as yet.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Top portion of a No. 860 nose fuze.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Bottom portion of a No. 860 nose fuze.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Another shot of the No. 860 bits.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    This is a big piece, about 2 foot square with a smaller raised square section in the middle.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    The back did have small triangular bakelite type pieces in each corner but these got lost somewhere

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    It has a great mark on it, but this is where confusion reigns !!! F8 is normally associated with Fairey, and the EE with English Electric, (they made Hampden's and Halifax's in WW2). This isn't helping as I can't find a match for the part numbers. As far as we are aware, only Lancaster and Mosquito aircraft were stationed at the base where we were.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Lastly this little beauty. Merlin engine carburetor mesh screen

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    And here is a picture of a Merlin carburetor..........an exact match Well pleased.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Help if you can !

    Steve T

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    Here are my finds, just want a say a big thank you to Steve for taking the time to organise the weekends dig.

    First up, a panel mounting plate from a light bomb carrier, compliments of Steve .

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    A mixed selection, in the centre is a poor condition top from a US mess tin, there's a tool for opening the caps from oil drums, pieces of glimp lamp, the cover from a fuse vane, nice little padlock Im hoping its marked . A communications jack plug socket, a switch, the tail ends of signal flare cartridges, a merlin gasket and its washers etc etc.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Mixed bag of electrical fittings etc.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Bomb transit plugs, aircrew safety belt clips, No 42/848 fuse bases and a No 28 pencil with Y shaped safety clips etc.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Aero alloy bits and bobs, in the centre is part of an aircraft bomb cradle?

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Amazing survivors two clumps of foil coated paper, also known as window. This was thrown from aircraft during flight to blind the Axis radar.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Three bits that I have cleaned.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    I love this small battery made from an early form of plastic, any idea's what it was used with? Thanks to Steve for this,.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Found as a rusty brass coloured item, an overnight soak in vinegar revealed the original chrome finish, shame the pocket watch case is unmarked.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Finally a nicely decorated face compact tin, Im assuming this belonged to a female from the WAAF or a Wife or perhaps both. This was also left in vinegar overnight, the brass has cleaned up very well with no pink copper colouring.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    That's it for now, got to get cleaning but will be posting pictures of day two's finds soon.
    Thanks for looking
    All the Best.
    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    Some excellent finds Ade Love the pocket watch and compact. Two minor corrects for you.............The No. 28 is called a pistol not a pencil, and the arming forks are from a No. 27 nose pistol.


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    More cleaned stuff......

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    First up, a little tap and cap combo, tracked down quite quickly thanks......

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    ...........to the marking on the cap. 'Tecalemit'. Grease gun

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Here is what it should look like.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    I was excited about this as I thought it could be a bomb release or something similar. However, the wire attached to it turns out to be co-axial, and both nuts carry the '10H' prefix, putting it firmly into the radio equipment zone. Bugger !

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    glim lamp disc

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    No. 27 nose pistol arming fork and No. 28/30 tail pistol arming fork.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    303s in abundance again.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Close up of the headstamps

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Now for the No. 848/42 nose fuze bases, and one cap that held the arming vane assembly and fuze chain.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    These five I kept to one side as all are marked. Two are marked July 1944 and October 1944, but the markings are feint.

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    However, this one is as clear as the day it was made

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Also found I had two more embossed ones. This one is a No. 42 Mark II

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    And this one is the best of the lot. No. 848 Mark 1A by the looks of it. Awesome !!

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    More bits yet to come !


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    Quote by Steve T View Post

    It has a great mark on it, but this is where confusion reigns !!! F8 is normally associated with Fairey, and the EE with English Electric, (they made Hampden's and Halifax's in WW2). This isn't helping as I can't find a match for the part numbers. As far as we are aware, only Lancaster and Mosquito aircraft were stationed at the base where we were.


    Steve T
    Never assume that only aircraft of a certain type were there. Many squadrons operated 'hacks' of many types as communications aircraft. I know of a Mosquito squadron that operated an Airspeed Oxford. It must be assumed that these airframes needed parts as much as the regular squadron aircraft, hence finding things on airfields that do not quite fit with normality

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    Quote by corblimy View Post
    Never assume that only aircraft of a certain type were there.
    Indeed The point I was making was that the part carried two markings that I could attribute to two different manufacturers, neither of which were Avro or De Havilland. I was providing a little bit of info that may help with the part ID but, as you pointed out, there could be any number of aircraft types stationed at the base ! Perhaps they had a Fairey Battle lying around......

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    Assorted bits and bobs...

    B-24 control unit:

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    GK32 = Ford-built B-24 part, C = control system:

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    6D/223: Aircraft oxygen regulator valve Mk.VIII:

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Bulged perspex window:

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Brylcreem tube:

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Izal and ink bottles:

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    Crockery:

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    AG Ointment:

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    I'll post a photo of the GR marked half-pint glass when I've finished cleaning and reassembling it.

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    Pic of my aluminium disc!
    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump
    DH!
    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

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    S98xxxxx

    98 = DH98 Mosquito
    S = Services component

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    Another item cleaned. This one has been sitting in vinegar since Saturday. It has come up really well

    Bomb transport nut and/or penetration tip. Big bugger as well. Must be off a 500lb or larger bomb

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

    RRPG Big Dig weekend - Day 1 - RAF airbase dump

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