33 thoughts on “WW2 Relic Hunt: R.A.A.F. Airfield (5th Sortie) – Garrett GTI-2500.

  1. NAS hardware is made to higher standards, and will be most likely US in origin . Pieces of sheet metal have their own types of markings. One of the most common types of aluminum alloy used today is 2024-T-3. During WW2 it was stamped “24S”. American & Commonwealth aircraft used green zinc chromate primer throughout. The Japanese used a phenolic resin based primer that had a metallic green or blue look to it, so parts are easily identified from either types of wreck.

  2. You’d be surprised at how long a lot of these bits, pieces, nuts, bolts, valves and switches lived on in later aircraft. AN (Army-Navy) parts live on even today and many are still available. Some have been changed to MS (Military Specification) part numbers , but are still the same parts as the old AN system. If you ever find pieces of a wreck with hardware marked NAS (National Aeronautical Standard) it is from a later modern aircraft, such as an airliner or a newer military aircraft.

  3. That part with the stem & barrel w/4holes in it may be the inside of an aircraft hydraulic , fuel , oxygen , or pneumatic valve . Go to a local airport with light aircraft on it, and see what a mechanic/engineer might tell you. Some of those small parts were used even today on various light aircraft.

  4. G’day Crampo, those .50 cal that look like clothes pegs, were probably clothes pegs LOL. No further ID on those or what the blokes were up to! Yes always a careful dig in places like that where there is so much live ammunition around. All the best mate. Happy Prospecting! Warren.

  5. hi Warren, those shells that were cut look like clothes pegs, did you end up finding out what they may have been used for. You want to take it easy swinging your pick with all those live rounds around. waiting for the next one.
    cheers Crampo
    enjoy your adventures

  6. Thanks for watching and comment Locky Wort, yes the Cape is littered with ‘undiscovered’ and long forgotten WW2 sites, and the place is so big, some will never be found, particularly the smaller camps which can still yield a lot to a relic hunter. Haven’t been to Darwin but that would be a great place to have a look around. All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  7. Thanks for your comment Pete, just checked those two bottles and you are right, of course – “Property of O.T. Coy. Australia” – so these are cordial bottles – I didn’t think the boys would accept beer in a flowery clear bottle LOL. All the best mate and Happy Hunting! Warren.

  8. G’day I have recently started watching your videos and injoy them very much , have you considered taking a trip to Darwin to do some metal ditecting? There are hundreds of camps and other ww2 sites located everywhere, I my self am very interested in Australias military history and used to live there my self before moving to gympie Qld , also I’ve seen and heard of numerous camps on the cape that still have bunkers and anti-air gun emplacemts and guns still intact and they would be cool to dig

  9. Warren that ‘pint’ tea mug looks like a small chamber pot Mate. I think the amber and clear cordial bottles are O.T. Cordials. It should have something writtern around the base. You have done it again thats a really great video and I was sitting on the edge of my chair watching. I have seen .50 cal cartridges made into matchbox holders not unlike that second cut up .50 cal cartridge you found. Keep ’em coming Mate. Cheers, Pete.

  10. Thanks for watching and commenting SQEngineer, and thanks very much for the ID on the gas fitting which had everyone mystified! All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  11. Hello, Warren. Don’t know if anyone has left you a comment on the item you found by the anthill; the pointed object with the driffled turrent around the base. I do believe that was a fitting that went on the end of a small butaine or propane tank. The holes at the base were to exhaust the burning torch flame as the tip heated up that could be used for soldering electrical connections way out there in the bush. You can still purchase these types of soldering-tip acessories today for field repairs

  12. Thanks for watching Jerome and your usual great comment – yes some of these camps appear to have been just abandoned overnight – and that was probably exactly what happened, after the war, everyone just wanted to go home as soon as possible! All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  13. Hello Warren, thanks for sharing this new adventure ! Great finds and relics, its amazing to see how many areas were abandoned by the Australian Army : that location seems to have been left immediatly.
    HH, Jérôme

  14. Thanks for your comment ED, the 1943 HP is a real treasure – always a thrill to find – like the 1952 Penny, of the 50 Billion minted, I am sure I have dug over half of them LOL. HH mate! Warren.

  15. Great video Warren! What a great spot to go and detect! Love all the finds, and everyone finds 1943 HP!! 12 billion minted. Good one! E.D

  16. Thanks for your great comment Planejet42, always appreciated mate – more hunts coming from that site in the coming weeks. All the best and HH! Warren.

  17. Thanks for that great comment Mars – like you I just love the P40, not only because we used so many in the RAAF and they served so well, they just look great! The ID disk was disappointing – that’s metal detecting! As yet I haven’t found out any info on the floral bottles, which I came across in a few dumps up there. Will keep you updated when I get some ID. All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  18. Thanks for your great comment Rob – those old latrine sites – are curiously devoid of targets – anywhere I found them, I would detect around, but other than .303 and occasional webbing buckles, I don’t think I picked up a coin or badge at a latrine site! Curious. On the other hand, you would suddenly come into a tent area and targets would be everywhere. The must have gone naked to the latrine LOL. All the best mate and HH!

  19. Thanks for your great comment Paloeman52, those floral bottles remain unidentified – as does much of the stuff dug at this site LOL. I have a few more hunts filmed there to upload in the coming weeks. All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  20. Thanks for your comprehensive comment Iroc – the beer bottle stacks, indicate to me that many of these remote camp areas are completely undisturbed since 1945 – other than the annual bush fires, hence the number of targets available to detect – without any rubbish, is staggering. That site is also in an area of light sandy soil, which makes for easy digging and good relic preservation. All this adds up to a great day out with interesting finds on most occasions – all the best mate and HH! Warren

  21. Thanks for that great comment CaptainGreyBoots, I still have a few WW2 Cape York videos up my sleeve, will be uploading in the coming weeks. All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  22. Thanks for your great comment Pam, and we have a similar experience in the goldfields – no handled knives, occasionally a blade – but the WW2 cutlery appears to be the same, I guess a knife was a lot more useful ‘tool’ and lots went missing from the mess tent LOL. All the best and HH! Warren.

  23. Thanks for your comment GemQ, the trench art involved a penny or two and lots of spare .50 cal shells – always amazes me what those blokes could fashion out of coins and scrap metal! All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  24. Thanks for your great comment WW2HistoryHunter, that is a lovely bit of bushland there, unvisited by most, and as you suggest, a good place to sit down and have a beer after a days work LOL. All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  25. Thanks for your comment Joe, I believe that I am the first relic hunter/metal detectorist into that site, given the sheer number of finds that litter the bush! All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  26. Thanks for watching Max – I have another couple of videos filmed at that site, one of them is post-bushfire, looks pretty ordinary, but much easier to hunt! All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  27. Thanks for watching Ringo – unfortunately the fittings in the video remain unidentified to this point. All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  28. Thanks for watching – those .50 cal look like the old wooden ‘dolly’ pegs, just what I thought at the time! Might have been used to hang out the washing around the tents! All the best mate and HH! Warren.