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Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:52 am
This arrived by post this morning.
It was found in France - Brittany close to St Nazaire/Lorient.
It has been sitting in a farmyard scrap metal pile for many years - there is some corrosion.
However there is a lot of paint left as well as what is possibly an A.F. stencil.
There are multiple HT stamps confirming it is US made.
I believe to be a WW2 B17 Pilot/Co Pilot seat that was from a flying fortress lost during a raid on the naval bases nearby.
Can any one confirm its identity ?
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:21 am
Yes a pilots seat from a B-17, the earlier radio room seats although looked similar, had a shorter back and were angle back more. Nice find
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:42 am
It would be nice to see it find a home in one of the current B-17 rebuilds...as opposed to gathering dust in someone's collection.
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:59 am
Thank you for the confirmation.
I also would prefer it to go to a restoration.
But even a dusty collection is a better home than a farmyard!
It is corroded - looks like it was sitting upright with water pooling in the seat pan for a decade or so and rotted through at the back bottom edge - but easily recoverable.
Anyone know if there was a difference between pilot/co pilot seat ?
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:57 pm
I don't believe there is a difference between the pilots and co-pilots seats. On the drawing, it says quantity per airplane is 2. It is also the same seat for E, F and G models. What a great find, I know the Desert Rat was looking for seats, I bet they'd appreciate it if you were looking to move this item.
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:58 pm
Thanks - yes it needs to find a proper home!
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:55 pm
The cockpit seats were Boeing no. 75-3448. They were indeed identical, the pilot and co-pilot difference being in the seat mounts and armor. If she was shot down over St Nazaire, chances are she was an F-model lost in late-42/early-43.
I sent you a private message in regard to the restoration of B-17 Lucky Thirteen, for your consideration.
Hope all is well!
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:35 pm
Desert Rat would be very interested in the seat if available, as we are currently focusing on the cockpit. Thank you.
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