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I recently received this photo of a damaged propeller blade from Joop Thuring living in the Netherlands, accompanied by the following letter: I received ...


I recently received this photo of a damaged propeller blade from Joop Thuring living in the Netherlands, accompanied by the following letter:

I received this relic a couple of years ago this relic from family members of a local farmer.

They disclosed to me the following. Their farm was located in the vicinity of B.88 airfield in Heesch (the Netherlands). Early in 1945, an Allied fighter crash-landed on their farmland. The same day the aircraft had been removed by an Allied team, which arrived at the spot with some heavy equipment including a crane. No pilot was seen by the locals. The accident occurred at the end of the winter weather of 1945. They have since associated this relic with this incident.

In my humble opinion, the depicted item is characteristic propeller blade – although badly damaged – from a Spitfire. Most likely Mk. IX, but other marks or types cannot be excluded.

Can somebody among the Spitfire experts audience decipher and explain the incomplete code stencilled as can be seen on this picture.

Thank you,
Joop Thuring, B.88 HEESCH, c.q. 126 RCAF (Spitfire)Wing promotor.

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By Joop Thuring  |  2010-08-12 at 18:28  |  permalink

Martin, by pure luck I came across another website viz. Key Publishing Ltd Aviation Forums, Help required, Spitfire prop blade?

Here a certain “Anneorac”, Ex-Pat Scottish Member, discloses for me in his message of May 19, 2006 that a green circle – alas a part, as can be detected on the picture above, is indictive for a material/procedure characterized as “Hydulignum (lignum in Latin means wood).

May be that some of the readers may contact the above mentioned Anneorac as from his comments it appears that he is an expert in this field.

Regards, Joop

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