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Some nice US 8th Airforce finds 30/1/11

Article about: Hi everyone iv been back at it again. Today i took some pictures as they came out the ground sorry there not very good i was useing a phone cam. lots of photos to come so keep poping back. H

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    Quote by Bird Dog View Post
    The other multi holed part looks like a wing spar attachment point, often there was a wooden core to it which looks like it may have decomposed.
    The only thing is its very heavy.

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    Quote by 381st digger View Post
    Well i must say it looks the same but we only had B17s. Did the B17 have bomb bay lights?
    Yes, the same A-5 Cabin Light.
    However, the holes around the rim on your example don't seem to match the usual A-5 layout.
    Last edited by Paul B; 02-14-2011 at 02:11 AM.

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    Quote by Bird Dog View Post
    The other multi holed part looks like a wing spar attachment point, often there was a wooden core to it which looks like it may have decomposed.
    Iv been trying to find some photos of wing spars on the web but im not having much luck i dont suppose you have any picturs of this part doing its job?
    381st

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    Hello all iv been back at it can anyone id these bits for me?
    The first bit coule be from a number of aircraft but is most likely to be from a B17 or B24. It is large 37" x 15" and as you can see it has a steel rod running down one side but looks like it had one down the other side at one time. It was in a hedge so it may just be abit of farm junk but it has a good clear part number. If it turnes out to be from a B24 it will be my first piece from a libertor

    Next up is what looks to be an inspection hatch?? It is 24" long and 14" wide. It was found on a former B17 Base on good Friday it is allso quite a large piece and shaped like a teardrop. Any help on where it came from on the aircraft would be great iv looked at pics of b17s and cant find it anywhere.

    Thankyou for any help Andy
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture hatch 006.jpg   hatch 004.jpg  

    hatch 002.jpg   hatch 001.jpg  

    hatch 011.jpg   hatch 010.jpg  

    hatch 009.jpg   hatch 007.jpg  


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    The teardrop-shaped hatch could be one of the four underwing fuel pump covers/access hatches off a B-17.
    There will be a part number on it somewhere to confirm.

    All the best,
    PB

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    Paul iv just found it (with the help of some wire wool)
    Andy.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture part numbers 004.jpg   part numbers 003.jpg  

    part numbers 001.jpg  

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    Yup, that's one of the two outboard booster pump and fuel drain covers. See upper right in THIS photo.
    Boeing inspector's stamp too, nice find.

    PB

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    Nice one Paul thanks for that. Im really pleased with that!! Im going to try and give it its shape back over the next couple of days.
    Any idears on the other part or is it scrap?

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    Sorry Andy, I can't quite put my finger on the other item.

    Yet...

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    Good to see your back on the dig mate keep up the good work

    John

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