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USAAF Airbase - August 2011

Article about: Hi all Well, after a few months away from 'my' USAAF base, I managed to get back there this week. I was hoping that the dump would give me some good finds but, after 2 hours of back-breaking

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    Hi all

    Well, after a few months away from 'my' USAAF base, I managed to get back there this week. I was hoping that the dump would give me some good finds but, after 2 hours of back-breaking digging, all I had was a toothbrush and 4,000 rusty tin cans.

    So, I set off into the surrounding area to give it a good going over with my metal detector. Had some decent finds and was generally pleased with the visit. However, the dump is proving rather disappointing and, at 6 feet deep, it's a lot of hard work for bugger all !!!

    I think the airbase is more or less clear now. And yes, I know I've said that on at least 3 separate occasions, but I think it just about is now. It won't be long before I say a sad goodbye to the place.......

    Anyway, enough of feeling sorry for myself, here's the finds.

    Before cleaning.......

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    And after.....

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    A nice piece of dated crockery, a great Ipana toothpaste tube, and a nail varnish bottle.

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    Merlin engine exhaust stub lock washer, cap off a flimsy.

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    A couple of coins, (the thr'penny bit is nicely dated), a cap off something and a couple of other odd bits.

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    A bakelite razor handle, a toothbrush and another bakelite item, this time stamped 'US'.

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    Shavallo, and a Gibbs tin.

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    20mm and 50cals. Found these in a very tight area, right next to where I found the 50cals on my last trip. What they were doing here I have no idea, as the area is nowhere near any of the armoury or other buildings that would have housed this ammo. Most odd....

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    A really nice find. A Polo lighter, made in the 30s and 40s. No name engraved on it but I am searching the base 'lost and found' to see if anyone lost a Polo lighter

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    And now the last find. Another dental pan. The third one I've found at this site.

    However, this one has one major difference compared to the other two.

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    Can you spot it ?

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    You need to look closer......


    Really close....


    It has a War Department arrow on it !!!!! You can probably tell, I am a bit chuffed

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    Anyway, not bad I suppose. Could have been worse

    Cheers

    Steve T

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    I think it's pretty cool stuff! Good job!

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    Thanks GP

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    I think the airbase is more or less clear now. And yes, I know I've said that on at least 3 separate occasions, but I think it just about is now. It won't be long before I say a sad goodbye to the place.....

    E-trac!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Nice mixed bag, dental pan is a great find

    John

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    Hi Steve, the item described as "another bakelite item, this time stamped 'US'" is the handle from a wartime mess kit knife.

    I think you will get withdrawal symtoms if you ever stop going to this site!

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Quote by Whitehunter View Post
    E-trac!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Well, you know as well as I that in our only MD trip to the same site, my SS2 found more than your E-spac..........

    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    I think you will get withdrawal symtoms if you ever stop going to this site!

    Cheers, Ade.
    You are probably right. I think next time I go I'm going to take some muscle to shift the soil !



    Steve T

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