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Avro Lancaster 21 Jan 2009 19:33 #11

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also the possibility of a collapsed drain, I would imagine that after 60 years some are not as stable as they were

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Avro Lancaster 21 Jan 2009 19:57 #12

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they also built a dual carriageway through the middle of the airfield in the late 70's as well so could be rubbish from the construction of this who knows

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Avro Lancaster 21 Jan 2009 21:01 #13

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Oil I could understand as people still stick it in a hole in their gardens. What would they do with it in WW2? Was it recycled or was there a proper way to dispose of it?
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Avro Lancaster 21 Jan 2009 21:06 #14

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It was probably just dumped I would have thought.

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Avro Lancaster 21 Jan 2009 21:56 #15

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Have spoken to my mate les , he says that he's sure it was engine/s that the old boys had seen buried , this was early 70's when he spoke to them , still have no other evidence though, just hearsay, sorry phil.

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Avro Lancaster 21 Jan 2009 22:48 #16

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My take on this is that at the end of the war, metal generally was in short supply in Britain due to most of it being stuck in bits of foreign countries.
Why bury the stuff? :?:
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Avro Lancaster 23 Jan 2009 20:06 #17

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There were pits that were dug to dump equipment in, alot of the Americans did this, engines, stores, whole motorbikes. I've heard Many of the Lancasters were flown up to Scotland for scrapping and gently rolled into each other, I know this as I've met one of the ferry pilots who did it, but never heard of them being buried, possibly these were written off after ops
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Avro Lancaster 23 Jan 2009 20:09 #18

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Warton was a USAAF base as many of you will know and the Americans most definetely dump stuff at a marsh to the east of the airfield. Over the years things have come to the surface, inluding a Harley-Davison motorbike, and more worryingly a colt automatic pistol!

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Avro Lancaster 19 Mar 2009 20:44 #19

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During one of of my regular thursday visits to East Kirkby between 1991-06 i asked Fred Panton if i could go inside their Lancaster ?? This was May 1992. Imagine my surprise when Fred said YES ! I climbed all around inside, first place being the tail turret. Then the slow crawl up-to the mid upper turret. Next the difficult climb-over the main spa !! My thoughts were everywhere thinking how terrible it must have been to do this in-flight with the aircraft under attack, corkscrewing, spinning in a wash of hydralic fluid and on fire.... Not much chance of getting out with the centrifugal forces and darkness...what a task !!! I then made my way to the cockpit area... What a dream come true !!! Sat in the pilots [HERO'S ] seat and eventually got my photograph taken by the elderly chap that i had entrusted my camera to some 15 mins earlier... Honest ex RAF chap.
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Avro Lancaster 23 May 2010 15:10 #20

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At Pitstone village, just a stones - throw from Ivinghoe where the new B24 memorial was dedicated last November is a museum that has a Lancaster Bomber cockpit section. To see this Google Pitstone Museum. As it's only a twenty minute drive away I will have to take a look soon.
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