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Thread: Unidentified Seat frame from a B-17G Crash Site

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    Unidentified Seat frame from a B-17G Crash Site

    Hello Folks

    Just wondering if anyone can help me identify the area of a B-17G, in which this seat frame was located please.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Will

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    Not seen one like that before, looks very low
    SMOKE SMOKE GO!
    TA out

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    Never seen anything like that in a B-17, nothing in the parts manual either, are you sure it's from a B-17 crashsite?
    'I know, lets build a B-17' seemed like a good idea at the time

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    Hello Folks, Thanks for replying. It was apparantly from the crash site of a B-17, that was the story that went with it, but in the area, there was an RAF Airspeed Oxford, Grumman Avenger, and a B-24, that had crashed during the war years. I could not place it anywhere on a B-17 either unfortunately. My friend is going to check for any inspection stamps on the part, hopefully it will reveal the manufacturer of the part.

    Many thanks

    Will

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    Could it be an Auxiliary Crew-memebrs seat?

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    I've seen, on a B-17 cut-away drawing, that there were two seats placed in the radio compartment, which were called Auxiliary Crew Member Seats. Since this aircraft was on a transatlantic ferry flight, of aircraft and ten man crew, I am guessing these may have been in place on this aircraft for such a long flight?. It's not something I have come across before in many years of research.

    Will

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    I've just also seen what looks like an auxiliary seat, in the area located behind the top gun turret, on the port side of the aircraft, as one would walk through to the bomb-bay area. Any ideas?

    Will

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    I'm even wondering, could it be a seat for the TTG-flight engineer?

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    There is no seat behind the pilots, Sally B has a seat but that is a post war mod, with the top turret installed there was no room for a seat, The other seats in the radio room were of the same type as the radio operators chair (similar to the pilots seat but with a lower back) Still nothing to indicate it is an American seat, more likely to be British
    'I know, lets build a B-17' seemed like a good idea at the time

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