A missing link....

Hot on the heels of the Spitfire suitcase, I found these:

https://timehonoured.com/aircraft/peter-olver.html

Well, I don't know which Spitfire these originated from, but it isn't Peter Olver's Spitfire, P7309.

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Looks around..."sigh" i will say it....Will it be at Legends?

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Well I can beat that - the other day I had a Pepsi out of an aluminium can that I just know had once been part of a Spitfire that flew in the Battle of Britain. I'm so inspired I'm going to buy two six packs and use them to build an absolutely 100% authentic Merlin engine. History - it's all around us :D

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You'll need a few pop rivets..... I'll get me coat.

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Well, I don't know which Spitfire these originated from, but it isn't Peter Olver's Spitfire, P7309.

Would not an email to Trading Standards be appropriate?

What about this one?

http://www.aviationoriginals.com/shop/article_A-00006/Supermarine-Spitfire-of-64-Squadron.html?shop_param=cid%3D6%26aid%3DA-00006%26

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No, the aircraft recovered way back in the early 1970s was thought (then) to have been P7309. However, when I got access to the Sussex Police reports of the period some years later it was very clear that the wreck that had been recovered was P7325. Same squadron, same date. The pilot was Plt Off S F Soden who baled out unhurt.

I suspect the original pieces of P7309 are, instead, from P7325 although I have no idea as to their source and provenance.

As to P7309, there is nothing to find......except (now!) some cufflinks, apparently. The fact that the recovered wreck was not P7309 has been known since long pre the manufacture of these cuff links, although I accept that this information is not perhaps in the public domain and there has possibly been total reliance on published sources. The nature of the crash of P7309 (about half a mile from where I am sitting!!) means that nothing that might be turned into cufflinks, or even Coke cans for Malcolm McKay :p is in existence.

I'd also raise a bit of a question mark over the Stanford-Tuck items, too, unless I knew a little more about the source and provenance of the material.

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The nature of the crash of P7309 (about half a mile from where I am sitting!!) means that nothing that might be turned into cufflinks, or even Coke cans for Malcolm McKay :p is in existence.

Well BUUUURRRRRPPPPPP!!!!!!!! what am I going to do with these empties now? :o

Turn them into cufflinks marked P7325 perhaps?

Originality assured.

Does the "six degrees of separation" theory apply in the world of historic aviation?

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I guess that unless we remove these items from the ground with our very own hands we will never know or truely trust the source of these relics. But it is still nice to think they are actually what they say they are.