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REG 06-13-2017 02:39 AM

Identification if possible please
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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
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

Dbahnson 06-14-2017 09:46 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 04:59 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.

Bob Gardner 11-20-2017 07:38 AM

The batch number G98 suggests that the contract for manufacture was placed in Autumn 1917.

The rest of the data is probably:
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,


REG 11-23-2017 04:41 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

Bob Gardner 11-23-2017 05:41 AM


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,


REG 11-23-2017 11:59 PM

Thank you for all of the help.

REG 12-10-2017 01:50 AM

Hi Bob,
Could you tell me ? Some of the photos of the FE2B seem to show a crossed 4 blade propeller and some show just one large single prop. Did they use both or are they different aircraft models.

Bob Gardner 12-10-2017 07:22 AM

'Afternoon Reg,

I've looked through my database and it would seem that FE2B aircraft with the 120hp engine (Austro-Daimler, Beardmore) used a two bladed prop, whereas later aircraft with the RAF5 engine of 140hp and the Beardmore of 160hp used a four bladed prop.

With kind regards,


REG 12-11-2017 05:21 AM

Thanks Bob appreciate your time to find that out for me.

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