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Ric Gillespie

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Engine piece?
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:44:39 AM »

About once a week somebody in New Guinea finds a piece of Earhart's plane.

"A Engine part believed to be of Amelia Earhart's aircraft, have found ( location, Papua New Guinea.) The engine part No:325. Photographs attached below.
Please confirm it ,and hence need your response as soon as possible."

 Anybody have an idea what his might actually be?

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Bill Mangus

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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 08:09:50 AM »

Belly tank from P-38 or F-6F?
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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2018, 08:24:05 AM »

Belly tank from P-38 or F-6F?

Too skinny and that fairing with lightening holes looks like a permanent installation.  How about the radar pod from a P-38M night fighter?  A few serve in the Pacific before the introduction of the P-63 Black Widow.
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Bill Mangus

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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 08:30:12 AM »

Pics.
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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2018, 08:32:54 AM »

The fairing on the Hellcat belly tank looks right.
The tank also appears to have a detachable nose cap that might be the open hole in the second photo.
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Bill Mangus

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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2018, 08:46:31 AM »

. . . and that tube coming out at 90 degrees at the bottom of the first picture could be the fuel line.
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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2018, 08:48:08 AM »

. . . and that tube coming out at 90 degrees at the bottom of the first picture could be the fuel line.

Yep.

Good job Bill.
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Jeff Christmas

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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2018, 11:12:50 PM »

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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2018, 04:42:50 AM »

I do believe that it appears Jeff has hit the nail on the head!
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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2018, 07:32:38 AM »

I think the fuel line tube is a clincher that the New Guinea object is a drop tank and the red primer is a strong indicator that it's Japanese (Americans used yellow/green zinc chromate), but the object is not an exact match to the  linked photos - too skinny and the support fairing is wrong.   
That said, there were undoubtedly many different external fuel tanks used by the Japanese.
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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2018, 08:02:47 AM »

The engine part No:325.

Does this mean that there is a part number on the debris?

It doesn't seem anywhere near long enough to be a real military part number.

But if there is a number on the thing, it may help narrow down the possibilities.
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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2018, 08:09:23 AM »

Does this mean that there is a part number on the debris?

Yes. He provided this photo. Not much use.
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Bill Mangus

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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2018, 08:36:35 AM »

Jeff's first picture sure looks at first glance like a match but:

In Jeff's picture there are three double rows of rivets.  I don't see comparable rows in Ric's first picture, especially the furtherst double row which should be present in Ric's first picture.

Dare I say it:  the rivet lines don't match. ;D





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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2018, 09:43:32 AM »

Here is another zero drop tank.  It too has double rivet rows.

http://www.pacificghosts.com/guadalcanal/picts/gifu/a6m2_zero_droptank.html
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Re: Engine piece?
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2018, 10:46:47 AM »

Here's a better view of the Hellcat drop tank.  It's post-war and the site I got it from didn't cite where or which museum this is.

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