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Two old finds finally identified

Article about: At the Victory Show this weekend I took three aircraft parts with me, found on an old USAAF airbase, that had never been positively identified. I knew they were from a P51 D because of the '

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    At the Victory Show this weekend I took three aircraft parts with me, found on an old USAAF airbase, that had never been positively identified. I knew they were from a P51 D because of the '109' prefix on the part code, but didn't know exactly what they were from. Well now I do, and it is all thanks to Maurice Hammond, pilot of one of the P51s that was at the show. I cheekily called him over when he was chatting to other pilots and, whilst he couldn't ID the parts there and then, promised to do so if I emailed the part numbers to him. True to his word, he has done so. He even sent me scans of the original technical drawings for both parts. A true gent !!!

    So here are the bits. One dug in 2009 and the other in 2010.

    This is 109-66047-2, and is item 2 on the Gun camera cover which fits into the L/H wheel well. A piece off the gun camera box......awesome !

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    And this is 109-54177-7 and is item 7 on the Generator control box which holds the Reverse Current relay and Carbon pile rectifier which is located on the rear of the firewall just behind the instrument panel.

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    Many many thanks Maurice. I owe you a beer and a slap up dinner

    Just goes to show......never give up hope of identifying stuff

    Steve T

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    Good old Maurice!

    Steve, can you remind me of any part numbers on the rectangular door please?

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    He's a star isn't he

    As for the little door part.......

    197410-2

    Maurice said it wasn't in his P51 parts list so is probably P38.

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    Part 109-54177 is item 4 in this illustration:

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    All the best,
    PB

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    Online version of the P-51D & K illustrated parts catalog:

    AN 01-60JE-4 Parts Catalog F-51D, TF-51D and P-51K

    Enjoy...

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    A superb link Paul. Thanks for posting!

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    Fantastic link PB. Just spent two hours going through it, seeing if I could identify other bits in my 'waiting to be IDd box'

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    OOOOOOhh,the link Paul.....So many thanks!!

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