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WW2 aeroplane propeller find on Arran sparks crash mystery

Old 18th Mar 2024, 08:02
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WW2 aeroplane propeller find on Arran sparks crash mystery

Saw this article on the BBC News website this morning...

WW2 aeroplane propeller find on Arran sparks crash mystery

A propeller thought to be from a Second World War aeroplane has been found buried in a peat bog on Arran.

The blades, thought to be from a B17 Flying Fortress or a B24 Liberator, were found wrapped in potato sacks during peatland restoration work at Coire a'Bhradain.

Aircraft crashed in the area during the conflict, but the discovery falls outside of two known sites.

Heritage bosses have launched an investigation into the find.
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Old 18th Mar 2024, 16:50
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Several westbound transatlantic aircraft ended up on Arran and other Hebridean islands. I vaguely remember being told that the main runway at Prestwick was aligned to Arran's highest peak and the slow-climbing Liberator with full tanks and load of ferry pilots returning for more was one of the casualties.
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Old 18th Mar 2024, 17:28
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Why is it a suspected crash site, surely that fact the prop was wrapped in potato sacks suggests otherwise?
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Plastic potato sacks marked in Kg and plastic bin liners suggest to me that it was dumped there long after the 1940s

One thought is that someone has tried to remove the blade from the protected crash site, and given up after getting as far as the bog.
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