WW2 Treasure Hunters – Episode 8 ‘American Fly boys’

A mixture of pleasure and sadness as I write this, as that was the last episode for this series. I do hope that you have enjoyed the show, and I am keeping my fingers crossed for another series. You can help by emailing or messaging History Channel and telling them you want another series!

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Ok, on to the finds from the last episode in the series, filmed at RAF King’s Cliffe. As usual, there simply wasn’t enough time to show everything we recovered, so I’ve put together pictures of all the finds made during filming and can now show them, exclusively, on this blog.

It was a hard dig to begin with as we tried to do it all by hand, but the depth of the dump put paid to those plans and we had to get the digger in. Good job we did as we uncovered some truly remarkable finds, including parts of P38 and P51.

So, without further ado, the finds…..

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What a lovely hole you’ve got Mr Schofield! Tim, Reg, Elaine, Goose and Martin. Ted (the other archaeologist) is in this shot as well but he is a master of camouflage and disguise.
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Finds table when filming finished
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Finds table when filming finished
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Finds table when filming finished
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Finds table when filming finished
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Finds table when filming finished
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Finds table when filming finished
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Finds table when filming finished
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Finds table when filming finished
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Finds table when filming finished
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Finds buckets as we ran out of space on the table!
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Our lovely hole, just prior to back filling….
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Aircraft parts
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Stencil on P38 part
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ANA stamp on P51 part
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American mess tin (what’s left of it)
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Just a few of the 20-30 bottles we recovered
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1944 dated bowls
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Merlin engine exhaust lock washers, remains of flying goggles lens and another aircraft part
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Hydraulic pipes, drop tank filler caps, petrol can cap and pipe clamp
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Manifold from aero engine
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Various toiletry tubes
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Flare cartridges, M1 carbine 30cal, 20mm, 50cal and 303
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Coins, vending machine token, lead seal from ammo crate and a German pebble button
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Gibbs Dentifrice tin, comb and Seigneur lighter
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Pipes from drop tanks
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USAAF aircraft instrument panel toggle switch
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USAAF aircraft instrument panel toggle switch
KNG TP1, Dog Tag b
The dogtag
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X-ray of the dogtag

One heck of a dig with a great number of relics recovered, and a real honour to be able to return the dogtag to William’s son.

Roll on series two!! Don’t forget to email History!

4 comments

  1. Would love to see a second series. Perhaps some digs further afield, Europe maybe, or if they wanted to keep it UK(ish) based, the occupied Channel Islands might yield some interesting finds?

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  2. Where did you dig at King’s Cliffe? That is, where is the dump you dug located? I have aerials from the WWII era to help me locate your dig.

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    • I am sorry but that is the kind of information that I can’t share. Indeed, in all the years I’ve been recovering WW2 relics, I learnt very early on that sharing site locations was a bad idea. We also agreed with all landowners who agreed to allow us to film on their land, to not divulge the location of the sites. Once again, my apologies.

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