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World War 1 propeller clock, ex RAF BE12 bi-plane, shot down at Messines, 1917

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Seller: james_cumbria (614) 100%, Location: Penrith, Cumbria, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 302145535950 A World War 1 souvenir propeller clock, salvaged from a British Royal Air Force BE-12 biplane shot down by German enemy forces on the Western Front at Messines, Belgium on 7th June 1917. The Battle of Messines took place on 7-14 June 1917 and signalled one of the heaviest artillery bombardments of the first World War, with the explosion of nineteen enormous underground mines. The offensive ended with the British capturing the Wytschaete-Messine ridge South of Ypres, Flanders, which was to become a critical stronghold for future operations in the locality. The markings on this particular propeller hub identify it as having come from a 100 horsepower RAF BE-12 plane of the kind shown in the black and white (stock) image. 'IPC' refers to the Integral Propeller Company, which made props for both British and French aircraft. A brass plaque declares 'Messines, put out of action by 3 huns, June 7th 1914'. Approx 33cm wide, 23cm high. Clock face 9cm diameter. Movement not presently working and is lacking glass. Condition: Propeller hub is in excellent condition. Clock is lacking its glass and though it appears to be intact is not presently working, Type: Propeller Hub, Era: 1914-1945, Conflict: World War I (1914-1918), Service: Air Force, Country/ Organization: Great Britain

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