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bf-109 compasses

Post by Kim » 19 Nov 2003 16:55

The master compass still has the original oil and gives an accurate reading. The radium on the cockpit compass still glows brightly. These and the igntion switch key came from a 109 that belly-landed near Erfurt.
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Post by Aufklarung » 19 Nov 2003 17:07

Hi Kim
Cool pic. 8)

Are you gonna keep us in suspense all day or tell us a little more about these items? :lol:

Are they yours?

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Post by Kim » 19 Nov 2003 17:39

Yup, they're mine. Here's a poor picture of my Dad with the aircraft that they came from. His Ordnance Maint. outfit had set up shop at the (former) Luftwaffe airfield nearby. There was a 109 there minus it's engine,so Dad's plan was to bring the wrecker out and pull the the powerplant out of this one and install it in the other one. (Talk about having a little extra time on your hands) Alas,they moved out before that project was started.
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Post by Aufklarung » 19 Nov 2003 19:28

Kim
Thanx for that. :)
Was your Dad doing all this just after the war? 1945-46?

It's a shame he didn't have a whole 109 to pass on to you instead of 3 small bits of one!!

Still you have more of one than I.

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Post by Kim » 19 Nov 2003 19:47

No, it was during the war. They apparently were at this airfield for a while for some reason. I'll ask him why they had so much time for goofing off next time I talk to him.
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Post by Dunkirchen1940 » 19 Nov 2003 21:16

That looks like one hell of a nice engine! Also nice compasses!
Too bad he couldn't have finished what he was planning and bring back the whole plane. That would have been quite a site!

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Post by Kim » 19 Nov 2003 22:06

Yes, that would have been great. Long flight over the Atlantic in a 109 though. :wink: Dad and his guys did manage to stick a new wing on a damaged Storch and got it airworthy enough that it was commandeered and flown away. I think I would be a tad nervous about flying something that a couple of guys from an Ordnance Maint. outfit cobbled back together. 8O
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Post by gabriel pagliarani » 20 Nov 2003 17:02

Not ignition key switch but injection master on/off key. Exactly where your own Dad was handling on the right side of the DB 605. Fine pics. What about radios?

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Post by Kim » 21 Nov 2003 17:30

Hi Gabriel,thanks for your comments. I wonder if the injection master on/off key that you mentioned is similar or identical to the ignition/magneto key? Here is a picture of one inserted into it's slot.
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Post by Kim » 21 Nov 2003 17:33

And here is one hanging from it's chain. I seem to recall that mine had a chain attached many years ago.
Sadly, Dad did not grab the radio, but I remember playing with a set of headphones when I was a kid that I presume came from this plane. They disappeared long ago. :cry:
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Post by gabriel pagliarani » 25 Nov 2003 15:27

Kim wrote:And here is one hanging from it's chain. I seem to recall that mine had a chain attached many years ago.
Sadly, Dad did not grab the radio, but I remember playing with a set of headphones when I was a kid that I presume came from this plane. They disappeared long ago. :cry:
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BUBBLE-KEY or dome-shaped on/off key. This key was done to be turned moving a small shaft facing the pilot. It works like the yours, but the shape of the yours is not dome-alike.
SHAFT-KEY this key was done to push or pull an horizontal flat shaft pivoted on both edges. Tipical of very fine regulations or more than 1 step. Far different from yours.

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Post by Kim » 25 Nov 2003 16:33

Gabriel, thanks for the information.
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Post by Juha Tompuri » 02 Dec 2003 21:52

Kim,

Here´s a page of local Finnish AF guild (Kymenlaakson Ilmakilta "Kymi Valley Air Guild" ), where I happen to be a member. We ( I didn´t do much at all) have restored a Me-109. Scroll down a bit to Me-109 cockpit pic, to check the (labelled in Finnish) missing instruments. So...if you ever plan to throw your compass to garbage...please don´t.
http://personal.inet.fi/yhdistys/kymenl ... /mersu.htm
Some pics about the same plane:
http://www.virtualpilots.fi/en/feature/ ... juhla2003/

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Post by Kim » 03 Dec 2003 17:33

Thanks for the link,Juha. Nice restoration job!
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