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  • Graham Adlam
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Dec 2006
    • 1725

    Blenheim Dug Up In Somerset (Merged)

    You can find the exclusive story and picture's of the recovery of Bristol Blenheim R3912 TODAY the 15/07/07 here http://www.spitfirespares.com/
    ENJOY
    when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains however improbable must be the truth
    Baz owns the second best Spitfire Replica in the World.
  • Cees Broere
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Sep 2006
    • 1587

    #2
    Ahh, the hard work. Nice recovery, makes my fingers itch to dig in.
    Have to wait a few weeks though

    Cheers

    Cees
    Ultravox at Lokeren 08.08.09, I was there!

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    • mike currill
      Big pistons rule
      • Jul 2003
      • 8791

      #3
      Much fine work was done that day it seems. Now for the laborious task of cleaning and cataloguing. It will be a labour of love I'm sure. Well done.
      The mind once expanded by a new idea never returns to its original size.

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      • Graham Adlam
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Dec 2006
        • 1725

        #4
        I have to say it was great fun. Watching all that history emerging was awesome. I dug a Spitfire PRU a few years ago and after a load of work and expence we ended up with a bucket full. 67 MU did a real job on it because it crashed due to engine failiure and the Pilot bailed out. That sort of put me off and with all the other things i have going on, its something i didnt pursue. This had really given me the bug and i am hoping for get a few more invites. Will be updating the site with pictures of the wreckage cleaned up.
        Recovery is not really represented on my site and its something I am keen to expand so if anyone pictures etc of crash sites that have excavated and want to share I'll upload them.
        when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains however improbable must be the truth
        Baz owns the second best Spitfire Replica in the World.

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        • mike currill
          Big pistons rule
          • Jul 2003
          • 8791

          #5
          Well, be sure to give us a heads up on here when you post the post clean up pics please.
          The mind once expanded by a new idea never returns to its original size.

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          • ZRX61
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • May 2005
            • 4609

            #6
            Will it be at....

            oh sorry.
            If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.

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            • Graham Adlam
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Dec 2006
              • 1725

              #7
              Originally posted by ZRX61 View Post
              Will it be at....

              oh sorry.
              yes LOL i'll post a link, will have another recovery to report in a couple of weeks, twin Merlins , rest is classified for now.
              when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains however improbable must be the truth
              Baz owns the second best Spitfire Replica in the World.

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              • Archioligst Boy
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2007
                • 6

                #8
                R3912

                Dear all, plus graham!! as already mentioned, Somerset Aviation Enthusiasts recovered Blenheim R3912 on Saturday. I would like to thank all who came to help me on the day, also to use the forum to post special thanks to the following people who have helped bring this 10 year project to fruition. Mark Evans, Squadron Leader Alan Swann (EOD) Sue Raftree, Deborah Morgan, all at English Nature, the Welsh Boys + John C. As already mentioned in a previoue thread, SS will be posting more picures as will Simon Parrys Aviation Archoligy web page.

                It was a great dig with much material to sort through, i have sore hands and back ache already!!

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                • fighterace
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Dec 2005
                  • 256

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Graham Adlam View Post
                  yes LOL i'll post a link, will have another recovery to report in a couple of weeks, twin Merlins , rest is classified for now.
                  MMMMMMMmmmmmm let me guess a mossi, i better get me shovel polished up and a screwdriver for that shiny Rolls Royce Merlin 25 label

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                  • Sea Hawk
                    Senior Member
                    • Aug 2006
                    • 137

                    #10
                    Blenheim Dug Up In Somerset

                    Saw this on this morning's habitual catch up with the news on the BBC website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/6927391.stm. Although it it difficult to say, given the poor quality of the caption photo there looks to to be quite a large piece of wreckage. Does anyone have any more info?

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                    • CSheppardholedi
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Nov 2006
                      • 586

                      #11
                      Info like this?

                      from http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.u...r_65_years.php

                      ALMOST exactly 65 years after a World War Two plane crashed at Pawlett, killing its crew, the aircraft has been recovered - thanks to a ten-year labour of love by a Somerset man.

                      Plane enthusiast Tim Hake confesses to being "obsessed" with aviation archaeology, finding, researching and sometimes recovering aircraft from war-time crash sites.

                      He is part of a group called Somerset Aviation Enthusiasts, and in 1996 he and Highbridge historian Colin Parish set out to locate and recover a Bristol Blenheim bomber thought to have crashed at Pawlett Hams.

                      Tim told the Mercury: "Luckily, Colin's father knew exactly where the location was and it was duly logged.

                      "We located the joint landowners living not far from me, so permission was asked to do a dig.

                      "To cut a long story short, there then followed 10 years of research - blood, sweat and tears - until last Saturday when the recovery took place."

                      Tim's research has provided him with a full history of the aircraft, the crash report, and pictures of the crew who perished when the plane went down on July 5, 1942.

                      Tim said: "It was as close to the 65th anniversary as we could manage. The recovery involved friends from Germany and all around the UK.

                      "Much material was recovered from a very large hole. We are now starting to clean and catalogue parts. It is hoped that some material can be exhibited in a local museum.

                      "It is also hoped that some form of memorial can be placed near the site. It would be a fitting tribute to three young men who gave their all, only to die in tragic circumstances in our county."

                      You can see details of the tragic crew and the plane's final journey in Tuesday's Mercury.
                      Chris
                      Images and Illustrations at
                      http://www.printroom.com/pro/ShepArtStudio

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                      • Dave T
                        Senior Member
                        • Jan 2004
                        • 920

                        #12
                        Originally posted by Sea Hawk View Post
                        Saw this on this morning's habitual catch up with the news on the BBC website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/6927391.stm. Although it it difficult to say, given the poor quality of the caption photo there looks to to be quite a large piece of wreckage. Does anyone have any more info?
                        This one discussed here recently perhaps ?.........

                        http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=72334



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                        • Sea Hawk
                          Senior Member
                          • Aug 2006
                          • 137

                          #13
                          Thanks lads - yes I had forgotten seeing the previous thread. Does anyone have any pictures?

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                          • Archioligst Boy
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Mar 2007
                            • 6

                            #14
                            R3912

                            Thanks to all reading the forum. The BBC points west carried the story in the TV news tonight, also Radio Bristol this morning. I must admit i am a bit overawed at the response from all the media coverage. It was never my intention to attract publicity, but i am eternally glad that my efforts have given 3 young aircrew some recognition for the sacrfice the made for us. As you can imagine there is still much work to do cleaning and identifying parts. Bristol aero heritage are comming to visit me on Sunday to veiw the wreckage, it is hoped that they will exhibit some of the parts at Kemble as part of a Bleheim exhibition so that they can be enjoyed by all.

                            Just as an aside could any forum readers continue to help??? R3912 appears to have had battle damage repairs carried out at some point? would any body be able to point me in the right direction to find a photo of this Aircraft either with 13 OTU or with other squadrons since its issue, as you can imagine this would be the "icing " on the cake. I am hoping to get some more pictures posted on the Spitfire spares site ASAP.

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                            • fighterace
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Dec 2005
                              • 256

                              #15
                              TV footage

                              http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/new...b&mp=rm&news=1

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                              • Graham Adlam
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Dec 2006
                                • 1725

                                #16
                                Originally posted by Archioligst Boy View Post
                                Thanks to all reading the forum. The BBC points west carried the story in the TV news tonight, also Radio Bristol this morning. I must admit i am a bit overawed at the response from all the media coverage. It was never my intention to attract publicity, but i am eternally glad that my efforts have given 3 young aircrew some recognition for the sacrfice the made for us. As you can imagine there is still much work to do cleaning and identifying parts. Bristol aero heritage are comming to visit me on Sunday to veiw the wreckage, it is hoped that they will exhibit some of the parts at Kemble as part of a Bleheim exhibition so that they can be enjoyed by all.

                                Just as an aside could any forum readers continue to help??? R3912 appears to have had battle damage repairs carried out at some point? would any body be able to point me in the right direction to find a photo of this Aircraft either with 13 OTU or with other squadrons since its issue, as you can imagine this would be the "icing " on the cake. I am hoping to get some more pictures posted on the Spitfire spares site ASAP.
                                This story relates to my previous post on the day of the dig here is the link to those pictures, just follow the link once on the site. We are excavating a mossie tomorrow and with permission I will be posting pics of that dig. Will post a link when its done. Hoping to visit Archy Boy this weekend to help claen up the Blenheim and will add pictures of it when its been cleaned up.
                                ENJOY http://www.spitfirespares.com/
                                when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains however improbable must be the truth
                                Baz owns the second best Spitfire Replica in the World.

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                                • Sea Hawk
                                  Senior Member
                                  • Aug 2006
                                  • 137

                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by Graham Adlam View Post
                                  This story relates to my previous post on the day of the dig here is the link to those pictures, just follow the link once on the site. We are excavating a mossie tomorrow and with permission I will be posting pics of that dig. Will post a link when its done. Hoping to visit Archy Boy this weekend to help claen up the Blenheim and will add pictures of it when its been cleaned up.
                                  ENJOY http://www.spitfirespares.com/
                                  Thanks Graham! Look forward to seeing the cleaned up pics and the Mossie ones - although I suppose that interest in aircraft wreckage is a bit macabre of me really.

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                                  • Peter
                                    Moderator
                                    • Jan 2000
                                    • 12483

                                    #18
                                    Merged thread

                                    To make it easier, I have Merged both threads for the Blenheim
                                    Cheers,Peter
                                    "Merlins always drip oil, when they don't....worry!"

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                                    • Graham Adlam
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Dec 2006
                                      • 1725

                                      #19
                                      although I suppose that interest in aircraft wreckage is a bit macabre of me really.
                                      Not in the slightest and if it is there are quite a few people like you
                                      Last edited by BlueRobin; 3rd August 2007, 16:53. Reason: missed a [quote] tag
                                      when you have excluded the impossible whatever remains however improbable must be the truth
                                      Baz owns the second best Spitfire Replica in the World.

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                                      • Archioligst Boy
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Mar 2007
                                        • 6

                                        #20
                                        R3912

                                        I see the Sun ran a short piece today, i guess both parties have an interset in Big Bristols!!!!!!!!!!!

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