- What have I found in the woods? Aircraft part?
Doesnt look right for Mosquito. Not right shape for the top and too many holes for the nose.
The multiple holes inc at front (assuming is front) doesnt make sense to me from a cockpit side of things.Posted 4 months ago
How big is it?
How thick was the glass/plastic? (he mosquito is armoured so insanely thick and heavy).
Where abouts was it in case that gives any hints.
It’s in rural Scotland but very close to several major RAF bases in WW2. I’ll go and Google whether they flew Handley Page Halifax.
What do I do with it? I just left it where it was but do I tell the RAF or the landowners or what?
Good sleuthing though, I knew Singletrack could ID it 😁Posted 4 months ago
were some flight training airfields – Manbeen and also ones out at (edit: Milltown)(can’t recall name now, it’s the old wireless station). But as molgrips says, maybe just been relieved as scarp and dragged for interest – or someone had stored it then dumped it.
Oakwoods? York Tower?Posted 4 months agoDave VanderspekMember
As above, contact the museum at east fortune, it needs rescuing before something happens to it.Posted 4 months ago
If its from a Halifax that would make it very rare indeed I would have thought.
Halifaxes were based at Lossiemouth for a time during the war so possibly come from there.
I’m not sure where some of those places are but it’s just off the a96 a few miles before Lahnbryde.
I’ll contact the museum of flight and let them deal with it as I’m not sure who owns the land that it sits on.
I didn’t move or touch it so not sure about the leaves or whether it’s been placed there.
It would be amazing if it ended up in the Flight Museum, I love that place!
I’ve had some random Canadian leave a message on my picture asking if he can buy and ship it to Canada 😂Posted 4 months agoyosemitepaulMember
I’d go with what has bee said before. It has arrived in that position very recently. If it were from Halifax or any other plane from that era, then it would have been there for decades and covered in the detritus of a wood. My first point of contact would be the nearest air museum to see if it has been stolen, alternatively contact the Police, they may have a record of loss.Posted 4 months agodissonanceSubscriber
I’d go with what has bee said before. It has arrived in that position very recently
That is what makes me curious if it is the right answer. I would have thought it would have been armoured if it was part of a bomber. Having lifted a small bit of armoured glass/perspex from a mosquito I feel safe in saying something that size wont have been moved far unless you had a couple of bored teams of rugby players.Posted 4 months ago
The original design seems to be perspex with glass panels inset.
If you look at the pic of the one I found the armoured glass is missing, presumably making it a fair bit lighter.
If you look round the rim on the inside it’s got leaves in it and the edge of the perspex is green. Surely if it had been nicked from a museum it would be in better nick?Posted 4 months ago
Your right though, if it had been there 75 years it would be buried in Moss and also the armoured glass sections would be lying beside it where they had fallen out due to the rivets corroding etc.
Got an email back from the National Air Museum:
“Thanks for this. It’s a nice thing, but not in the best condition and it’s not something we would have the resource to deal with right now. All our conservation resource is tied up on a major development for the next few years.
We also wouldn’t be able to spend the time trying to establish who it belongs to and then negotiate to get it. I don’t know whether the local council are able to advise who the landowner is, but it might be worth trying. In Scotland the General Register of s would identify the landowner, but I don’t know if there is an equivalent in England (I assume this is in England?)
Sorry I can’t be of more help but I hope you are able to save this. It would be a shame to see it deteriorate away to nothing.
All the best.”Posted 4 months agomrwhyteMember
Get in contact with your local museum or county museum. If it has provenance to your local area and helps tell a story of the surrounding area, such as airfield WWII they may be interested in it. We have American WWII items in our museum store as Taunton was the site for a huge US depot that helped supply troops in build up to D-day.Posted 4 months ago
Also, a little fact, the oldest parts of the local hospital are WWII era built by the US, the wards corridors were built wide enough to drive a jeep down.
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