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  • wl745
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Aug 2007
    • 563

    Plymouth sound propeller find

    A propeller brought up by divers has been identified as from a Merlin X(Gear unitGU16755)t. The only aircraft known to have crashed in the area where found was a Wellington?Its not from the Lancaster that's near the breakwater!
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    Mike Davey
    • Jan 2008
    • 2830

    #2
    The propeller is almost certainly from a Whitley, but there's a slim possibility it is from a Merlin-engined Wellington. Has anyone any records which show a Whitley being lost in the area?

    Of course, it is possible that the prop was found much further out in the English Channel in fisherman's nets and dumped in the Sound on the way back. The GU (gear unit) number will correspond with the main engine number so it is from a Merlin X, s/n 16755.

    Anon.

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    • Whitley_Project
      If in doubt apply heat..
      • Jan 2000
      • 2827

      #3
      It is more likely from a Whitley as so many used the Merlin X. Could the prop be available? Im still looking for a hub for our Whitley

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      • DH82EH
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2013
        • 496

        #4
        Fingers crossed it's the correct type and ends up with the best possible home Elliot.

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        • brewerjerry
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • May 2004
          • 915

          #5
          Hi
          never heard of a whitley in plymouth sound

          i heard of a lanc, mosquito, hurricane, sunderland, 109, 217

          but never a whitley

          and the was a wellington but well outside plymouth sound and it was a radial engine type

          most likely as suggested trawled up elsewhere and dumped ?

          i recall there was a whitley mentioned in 276 or harrowbeer records 18 may 1942 but thought that was off cornwall


          maybe a bit clearer location of find might help ?


          or is this the 109 prop refered to here in cawsand bay

          https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.plym...ft-2399911.amp

          but from memory i think there was a halifax way further out coming back from the 1941 brest raids ?

          cheers
          jerry


          Last edited by brewerjerry; 8th January 2019, 22:42.

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          • wl745
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Aug 2007
            • 563

            #6
            The Divers report said found 200 yards of Cawsand bay.That sounds a little close for a ditching.

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            • brewerjerry
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • May 2004
              • 915

              #7
              Hi
              interesting

              I gave my main crash notes away when i left for canada, but there was i think an a/c i couldnt identify that hit a barrage ballon cable on rame head
              but from the piece that was found on land it was pretty sure it was an 'earlyish' mark spitfire
              ( but they didnt have a merlin x )

              As a random .....
              i saw the bomb fusing panel plate from the 109 after it was found and brought up in about 2000ish

              cheers
              jerry

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