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    Gentlemen,
    some weeks ago I recieved some smaller Aluminium parts from an old Farmer. They belonged to an "Bf 109 or so", as he told me. But a visit at the crashplace resulted in finding more smaller parts (some of them coloured black) and a Browning-cartridge. Most interesting was a small Aluminium-strip with an "BES 325"-stamping in an oval. Is there anything known about such a stamp in parts of any RAF-bomber? I'm asking this, because a Lancaster should have crashed somwhere in this area...

    Heuser

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    For the attention of Mr. Heuser,

    What is stamped on the Browning cartridge...size?

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    Finn Buch

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    Hi Argus,
    sorry for my late reply: IM C-P 1943. In the meantime I found some other stamps, f.e. PATENT 61/4, AV 22 in an small oval, too...

    IMHO, after checking the official and even unofficial sources, the whole stuff should have belonged to a torn off Frazer-Nash FN 5 nose turret and from the bomb aimers position of Lancaster DS817, 514.Sqdn, lost on 20./21.12.1943. But I'm not 100% for sure...

    Thank you very much and best regards

    Heuser
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    Hello Heuser,

    IM C-P 1943

    The cartridge was manufactured by Crompton Parkinson Ltd, Doncaster, Yorkshire.

    Please read WI.

    Year of Production: 1943
    Size: .303
    Bullet type: Armour piercing (AP)
    Colour of tip: Green
    Colour of Annulus: Green

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    Finn Buch

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    Hi Argus,

    thank you very much for this informations. Yes, the Annulus is Green, but there's not much left of the tip.

    Best Regards

    Heuser

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