As we approach late spring there is always a noticeable change in the tides most experienced beachcombers are aware of. So this time of year I do like to pick out my favourite spots which are Ramsgate main beach , East Pier and Pegwell Bay. With the Goodwin sands (lomea) and the Sandwich flats on the doorstep it is always so easy to cherry pick historical items from the low water mark.
Today, I found a piece of a aircraft with a serial number on it and like most aircraft parts found on the foreshore the loss is a result of combat. Second World War aircraft loses are generally well documented, and further research always unveils the heroism and sacrifice when something associated with the loss is found. On Simon Moore's Thanet life he is running a story of the two Liberator losses of 27 th April 1944 one off Westgate and the other at the cliffs at Palm Bay, the origins of the story only came to public attention when a piece of a B24 Liberator was found at Palm Bay. Further research at the now closed Margate Museum and on the Internet brought the details to the public eye.
The piece I found today was stainless steel and for the aircraft detectives the serial numbers are
30038 1A , 55H and in a circle VACB 534. The 55H has been over stamped over another number.