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Post-War Recycling

February 3, 2010

I’ve been working on a site in Somerset recently, where we’ve been uncovering traces of medieval quarrying and later farm buildings. We’ve been using a barn as our tool store, and looking up at the ceiling, I noticed that a second storey has been fitted using wooden planks, and that some of these planks bear traces of their former life, as part of railway freight wagons during the Second World War. If any readers recognise any of the codes, I’d be very interested to know what they mean.

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  1. February 12, 2010 3:14 am

    MU 60 was a maintainance unit based at RAF Rufforth nr York.
    Mu7 was a maintaince unit at RAF Quedgeley in Gloucestershire
    I think The items referred to, DH/Hydro are propellers- de Havilland Hydromatic constant speed three-blade which were fitted to hurricanes, spitfires, mosquitoes etc,

    ‘AOG’ is aircraft on ground, [denoting urgency] not sure what the part number is. In 1944 RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey was the base of 53 Operational Training Unit

  2. February 12, 2010 7:59 pm


    That’s great! Thanks very much!

    I thought of some things you told me yesterday as I listened to a talk by Fraser Hunter of the National Museum of Scotland on the excavations at Birnie. They found a quernstone in a roundhouse that had broken to pieces after falling from height and was surrounded by burnt rafters.

  3. February 13, 2010 11:07 am

    . . . .that ‘ll be the old throw a stone at a burning building ritual . .

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