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Spitfire wreckage washed up on Suffolk coast in 2016

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Chatting with a fellow member of our 'Green Gym' last week, he noted my interest in old aircraft.

Today he bought some aluminium 'bits and bobs' for me to see that he had picked up on the beach near Sizewell last year, where he has a holiday accommodation.

He mentioned that the nearby former airfield at Leiston had been used by the USAAF in WWII and wondered if they might be P-51 parts.

One piece was a heavy aluminium nose ring but not airframe. There were a couple of aluminium pipes, but imagine my surprise when the last piece was instantly recognisable as the hinge of a Spitfire door.

This begs the question how come this has just surfaced 70 odd years on and is there a known Spitfire crash in the general vicinity?

The hinge is not buckled and it appears the nine rivets that hold it to the datum longeron have just fizzed away.

Any clues?

Mark
Date: Jan 19, 2017   


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