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Old 07-17-2019, 01:40 PM   #1
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Post BE2c Wooden Prop - Details of History

Hi all,
Bob has already helped me with the tech details but wondering if anyone else can help.
As a family we have a propeller that came with the fixtures and fitting of Grandfathers house. Prop details are:
90hp RAF 1A The Royal Aircraft Factory aero-engine of 90hp, mark one with first update
G792 N33 Propellers were ordered in batches of 100. This prop is number 33 in the batch 792. This batch dates from mid-1918.
T7448 This is the propeller drawing number where the letter T indicates a design of the Royal Aircraft Factory

The Address from which it originated was St Breock. Vicarage Road, Woodford Bridge, Essex. I know the seller of the House was the estate of Mr William Alfred Wilson (he died 27/2/1938 age 72). At least two of his sons lost their lives in WW1(Eric Crawcour-Wilson and Geoffrey Crawcour-Wilson)
We have interest from an RAF Museum to display it for us (it needs to be moved from its current, private location) but I would love to be able to complete its history pre-1938. Anyone?
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Old 07-17-2019, 02:04 PM   #2
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Tracing a given propeller back to an earlier use on a specific aircraft is almost always futile. What sparse record may have existed would go with the plane rather than the propeller itself, and it would be a highly unusual circumstance to find those records and coincidentally match it to a specific serial number.

Similarly, stories that are handed down with the propeller over time are notoriously unreliable, usually not on purpose but highly inaccurate in most cases nonetheless.

At the time some of these props were acquired it was usually due to damage or obsolescence as new engines were developed, and some of them were simply discarded or used as firewood. In the U.S. WW1 surplus propellers were advertised in flying magazines and sold in the 1920s for $2 or $3, depending on whether there was metal sheathing or not.
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:42 PM   #3
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Ah well perhaps we'll never know. However, You mention WW1 propellers being sold for a few dollars in the US. Would this have applied to a British made propeller? Would I be right in thinking the BE2c wouldn't have made it to US Shores?

Also, Is there anything on a prop that would identify the plane 'number' it came from initially?

How do I find out more about this prop and what should I 'google'?

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