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REG
06-13-2017, 03:39 AM
My Uncle flew Spitfires V6 and Mustang mark 111 during WW2. He passed away many years ago and now my aunt has followed him. I found a propeller under their home during the cleanup. I hope someone can tell me what aircraft it is off. Im in Brisbane Australia so i would assume that the prop is from an aircraft here in Australia.
Some details are.
Overall length 2800 mm
The widest part of the blade is 255 mm
The hub diameter is 215 mm
There are 8 x 10mm holes in the hub
The centre hole is 76 mm diameter
It has 7 laminated pieces of timber
It has brass? tips
NUMBERS ON THE PROP
What i assume is the front has G.98.N.15 Stamped on the hub
The rear has G.98.N.15 T56 then possibly58
on the other side of the hub it has two letters unreadable so i will use ?? for unknown characters.
??2.B.120.A? LAR
There is also a 2 stamped at the edge of the hub.
Any info would be appreciated
Regards
Reg

Dbahnson
06-14-2017, 10:46 AM
I don't have my reference materials handy, so hopefully Bob Gardner or Pierre can fill in some details. I will note that it is a left hand rotation, rather than the more standard right hand type.

REG
06-15-2017, 05:59 AM
So far i think it is from a FE2B WW1 bomber according to the numbering on the hub. 120 hp motor so its old.
Regards
Reg

Bob Gardner
11-20-2017, 08:38 AM
The batch number G98 suggests that the contract for manufacture was placed in Autumn 1917.

The rest of the data is probably:
D2800
P1630
120hp Austro-Daimler or 120hp Beardmore (same engine)
drawing number T5368

All the above indicate a propeller made for the FE2B. All recorded examples were made by Tibbenham.

With kind regards,

Bob

REG
11-23-2017, 05:41 AM
Thanks for the help Bob. Can't imagine my uncle returned from active service in the UK with a 9' propeller under his arm. I have no idea how he came to own it. I believe that there may have been an FE2B in Australia at Point Cooke in the early days of WW1
Kind regards
Reg

Bob Gardner
11-23-2017, 06:41 AM
Reg,

At the end of WW1, there was a huge amount of war surplus materiel. (In my own field, my guess is 30,000 aircraft props.)

HMG decided to send batches of new aircraft and other such materiel to every country of the Empire as a gift and in several instances these were used to form the basis of an airforce.

This might explain how an FE2B prop got to Australia.

With kind regards,

Bob

REG
11-24-2017, 12:59 AM
Thank you for all of the help.