Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Monday, 20 July 2009

A piece of Liberator ?











Recently I found this buried part of an aircraft with a metal detector close to the promenade where the groyne is at a right angle to the promenade at the eastern end of St Mildred's Bay, Westgate on Sea. Badly corroded the part is about 400mm long and has all the identification of a aircraft part. Which is the close riveting and the blueish tinge of the corroding aluminium. Unfortunately due to the extensive corrosion there are no visible inspection stamps which would give the identity of the Air Force and manufacturer. Bearing in mind that the nearest World War Two crash site is about 200 yards away where a Liberator crashed landed on the rocks nearby on 27th April 1944, there is every possibility that this part maybe from that aircraft. The picture is of the part as found, but after a tap with a hammer to remove debris and a good soaking in boiled rhubarb maybe the identity could be more visible if a inspection stamp is found. Buried parts like this rarely move from the vicinity of a crash site due to density and the fact they are buried , therefore there is every chance this part came from that aircraft.
The picture below is of another close riveted piece of aircraft and was found further along the coast earlier this month , it is light and has been moved by the tide for many years and could have come from almost anywhere. Like the part pictured above it has no clear identity.

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