Help identifying Spitfire cockpit dial(?)

Discussion in 'World War 2' started by centurian, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. centurian

    centurian New Member

    I am currently researching a crash of Spitfire (P8269) which crashed in a local field in May 1941. I have recovered a brass instrument, which I assume is a cockpit dial, but would like to know which dial it actually is..? The dial does not have a needle or face, only the internals survived. I have attached a couple of pictures, and there is a stamp on the back which says S&S 170, does anyone know what this could be...? Many thanks Centurian

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  2. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

  3. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    This schematic is easier to follow than the official ones:

  4. David Layne

    David Layne Active Member

    I think its an altimeter.

    To me the smaller knob is the one that would be used to adjust the altimeter due to pressure changes.

    Looks like it's made of brass and is non electrical.
  5. centurian

    centurian New Member

    Did fighter pilots carry a pistol with them when flying, because ive found asmall round of ammunition on a spitfire crash site, length 35mm width 8mm
  6. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Hi Centurian, some pilots carried pistols, some didn't. While it was probably a part of the survival kit, I've noticed carrying a pistol seemed to be more prevalent in the Far East and Africa. That's based on my reading - I can't recall a UK-based example at the moment but that obviously doesn't mean it didn't happen.

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