shot down airplane at Leuven,Belgium

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  1. lordbizarre

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    Yo !
    just new on this forum but looking for a decent answer on an old question :
    when I was a young man(16y) I received a piece of an (USA-)airplane , shot down in WWII near Leuven,Belgium , and sold the metal (aluminium) .
    The farmer said it was a tip of a wing.
    I never knew what airplane it was , but on the remains of that tip there was an id-tag .
    I noted the indications and found that paper back ,lately when moving to another house .
    Is there someone who can tell me more about that plane with these info's ?
    thanks !
    on the id-tag was mentioned :
    type : 683
    DWG.N° :51H77211
    SERIAL N° : P1S4780
    Capacity :
    INSPECTION:here's only a round mark(stamped) with P1 in it and 295
    MAKERS N°:
    DATE:
     
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    #2 Wurger, May 27, 2009
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    Hello M8,

    I think there can be some one who can help you much better than me but looking at these datas I've got impression that it was Avro 683 Lancaster.
     
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    I can welcome you to the forum, lord Bizarre, and wish you luck on your mquest for info. I'm sure someone on this
    forum has the answer.

    Charles
     
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    Could the 295 be referring to the RAF 295 Squadron?
     
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    There wouldn't be a Squadron number in any data block or similar. Apart from it being unneccesary, and the fact that individual aircraft could be on the strength of more than one squadron (at different times, of course), any information regarding a squadron, or group, would be classified. It would not be written, printed or stamped on an aircraft.
    It's the inspecting station or section's stamp, the P1 being either the inspection itself, with the other number the inspecting point, or vice versa.
     
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    that would make sense but i am not sure the 295 flew lancasters
     
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    There is a link to a site about the city but unfortunately it is not in English.:(

    Bommen op Leuven
     
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    #9 lordbizarre, May 28, 2009
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    yes,thanks !
    the Lancaster must have been the one who crashed in the Brouwersstraat.That's not far away from the place where I got that wing tip.
    Strange that the Germans didn't got it , it was at least 2 m long and 1,5 m high...but unfortunatly it's gone now...(as a young man every penny was welcome...in the 70's I mean !)
     
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    Hello,
    I am fom Aalst Blgium....This question you can ask to Cunrik De Decker from the "Belgian Aviation History Association" he wrote a books !! about bomber shot down over Belgium ( and not only that! look for
    Belgian Aviation History Association membership is 20€ and it is fantastic
    Gerrit
     
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