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    Default Spitfire IX: wooden parts?

    Hi all,

    I have come to see some pictures of a piece of metal, which is said to be a part of a Spitfire IX that crashed somewhere in Normandy. This 'relic' is about 30 cm-long and in bad shape, but one can see there used to be a wooden part inside.

    My question is: besides the propeller blades, what parts of a Sptifire IX were built with wood?

    Thanks for your help,

    Fox.
    Author of Crash in Bayeux - The Last Flight of Sergeant Ferguson (ISBN 979-10-91044-13-4) - www.facebook.com/crashinbayeux.

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    Could it be the radio antenna behind the canopy?
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    Strictly speaking, that would be the mast rather then the antenae (aerial). But I think most will have figured that out all ready.
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    It does not look like the mast. I will try to get a couple of photographs.
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    Hello,

    Here are some pictures of the item that was recovered from the crash site* by some locals, who finally donated it to the city of Saint-Martin-des-Entrées. Now the 'relic' can be seen at the city hall, yet nobody has been able to identify the part of the aircraft it might come from.

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    If anybody can help with this item, please let me know.

    Thanks,

    Fox.

    * 15 January 1943, Spitfire EN183, S/P William Kennedy Ferguson, 401 Squadron (see: http://www.saintmartindesentrees.fr/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=4 &Itemid=51).
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    Don't forget that when the main Spitfire factory at Southampton was bombed, they sent out Spitfire production to all sorts and sods. Coach/carriage builders in the Reading area (and others) made bits of Spitfires. Garages made wiring looms. The bits were taken to RAF Henley to be assembled, test flown, and then flown to MUs to be fitted with armaments/radios, etc. Coach-builders in those days hammered sheet metal around wooden 'dollies'. Buses to bits of aeroplanes not too much of a shift!
    Same problem at RAF Stanley in 1982. One of your Navy Sea-Kings (Skipper, or Co(?), was/is a current HRH!) coming to get the mail from the Airbridge, shaved the end off the C-130's wing-tip (Sea-King blade height discovered to be same height as parked C-130 wing tip!!). The RAF Mobile Repair Flight bashed bits of aluminium across the marble benches in the Stanley Airport Departure Lounge (I use the description loosely!) - apparently they had the same curvature as Fat Albert's wing tip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I posed the question to my friend Peter Arnold, who is a bit of a Spitfire expert, and his reply:

    There is more wood on a Spitfire than you might imagine. The wing tip frame internal structure is all wood.

    I think what we have here, although I am not 100%, is a section of leading edge butt strap with the very heavy leading edge skin section material torn off and still locally attached. The location would be the area where the wing tip is attached/detached.

    Can I see leading edge yellow ident paint? Knowing the gauge of the skin material would be helpful.

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