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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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    Hi Steve

    The CBLS were fitted to many aircraft types - even Whitleys. I'm not sure you will be able to pin yours down to a specific aircraft... You did a great job cleaning it up

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    Thanks Elliott. I realised they were probably used in numerous aircraft, but I did hold out a small hope that the code would tie it down.

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    At last I can post pictures of my finds cleaned.

    First up is my CBLS thanks to Steve, the ref number is very clear.

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    Transport nuts from Aerial bombs together with one bomb eye hook.

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    A nice little box retaining much of the original paint, from the rough appearance Im guessing it was made on site by one of the fitters.

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    The big stash of cleaned finds details will follow

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    Mixed electrical bits and bobs.

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    Niphan made plugs and sockets.

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    An aero switch.

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    A big heavy electrical plug nicely marked to the underside.

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    Auto lite spark plug.

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    A selection of electrical sockets.

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    Small alloy box with remains of black paint, marked fuses and has an aero quality control pressing.

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    Top and bottom of an aero junction box (5D) Aircraft armament electrical stores.

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    A couple of Number 42/848 fuze bases.

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    The remains of a couple of bakelite No 28 bomb pistols.

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    Relics of Glim lamps, although the size is correct Im wondering if the item bottom right is aero related.

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    Close up detail of lamp holder?

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    Made of chrome plated brass its an interesting shape. This piece also has an aero alloy bracket to the rear?

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    My favourite find made of aero alloy and marked RR could this be Rolls Royce?, certainly robust and was retained in place by 6 large bolts. Could this be from a Merlin engine?

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    I'll be posting a few more soon, thanks for looking.
    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    This is an interesting aero alloy arm, it looks similar to the arm sender from a morse code transnmitter?. It's well marked but I've been unable to identify any of the markings REF 11/42719 could 11 stand for Aircraft Bomb gear?

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    Mixed selection, in the middle is a very relic top from a US mess tin, 3 x No27 Y shaped arming forks, a couple of flare cartridge bases, a few air gunner harness buckles, the milk glass dish is a large sized anti gas ointment jar, a nice ink bottle with bakelite top (makes me wonder what messages were written using it perhaps flight logs, orders or letters home? a bakelite knob with pointer etc etc.

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    A high quality manufactured brass ring with quality control stamp.

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    A nice little bakelite manufactured aero jack plug 10B Radio (wireless & radar) aerial and mast equipment.

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    Not sure what this is but it retains much of its original paint.

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    Another quality manufactured brass ring that's nicely marked Smithson ID 28/70 ? it is also quality control stamped.

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    I'm pleased to say the uncleaned pad lock I posted before and hoped was AM Air Ministry marked was .

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    Unsure what this is, could it be a brass dial of some type which is missing it's needle?

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    No markings on this perhap's electrical fitting?, I have no idea what it was used for but its well made and interesting so posted here just in case someone can identify its use. Scale is 10cm.

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    Believed to be part of an aircraft bomb shackle, it's certainly well marked but I can't identify any of the numbers. I particularily like the hand engraved numbering along the stainless bar.

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    Retaining much of it's original paint this cone is flattened. It was originally threaded at its base but the larger cone end was riveted together?. The green paint looks to be the interior colour for aircraft.

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    All nicely marked Mosquito (98) aircraft internal wire/cable clamps.

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    Another well marked piece BDT/XB 593/99 054 -0018 could this be for Avro? it looks similar to a thermostat?

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    A few marked bits AGS Aircraft General Standard hydraulic fluid tubing, next is what appears to be another alloy cable clamp quality stamped 47K ?, The two holed rubber washer is marked 601583 Im assuming the 6---83 combination applies to Lancaster.

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    Last a few more electrical fittings, I like the complete cable with plugs, also shown are a few Merlin manifold gasket washers and half of a bakelit knob marked Oil & Grease.

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    That's my lot for this trip thanks for looking.
    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    Believed to be part of an aircraft bomb shackle, it's certainly well marked but I can't identify any of the numbers. I particularily like the hand engraved numbering along the stainless bar.

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    It's one of the two sets of crutch arms from a Universal Bomb Carrier.
    Here's me using one at East Kirkby a while back:

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    PB

  6. #46

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    Hi Paul,
    What great pictures thanks for posting, nice to see one in use. Looks like you had a good day there, very historic.
    I made one of your pic's sepia and then black and white, the results were superb they could have been taken during WW2.
    LS

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    the item *not sure what this is * is an American blackout side light from a Jeep or anyother American made vehicle. John.

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    Hi John,
    Thanks for the id, another US bit thats great I'm very pleased with that, like many airfields the USAAF used the site for a time, but not much has been found from the occupation. But I suppose they did provide many vehicles for the British forces and some of these probably ended up in RAF use. Now to find a pic of one in use.
    Cheers
    LS

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    Picture of sidelight in use on my 1944 jeep. See the light on both wings. The Micky Mouse is a very early one given to me by a veteran who had it on his lorry in North Africa, Sicily and then transferred it onto his next lorry in Italy. It has been on my Jeep and travelled all over western Europe, so ma very well travelled mouse, regards, John.Click image for larger version. 

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    Hey John,
    'Wow' what a nice picture of your great jeep (lovely vehicle) with the black out lamps in place,
    I love your Mickey Mouse, a true WW2 veteran and the history of his actions. A unique piece
    LS

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