The New Aviation Archaeology Site

'Dambuster' George Johnson and Simon Parry

Simon Parry with Dambuster veteran George Johnson during the filming of ‘The Last of the Dambusters’.

Welcome to Simon Parry’s aviation archaeology site. Here we hope to tell you about some of the recent excavations that have been carried out in Europe and to provide useful links to web based resources.
Countless aircraft fell to earth during World War 2, many more crashed at other times, but remarkably few of the crash sites were accurately documented. Throughout Europe and indeed the rest of the World, enthusiasts have been gathering information about aircraft crashes in their regions from eye-witnesses before the stories are lost for ever. Mostly the wreckage of crashed aircraft were taken away at the time or salvaged for scrap, but occasionally it has been possible to recover of the remains of a crashed aircraft. Depending upon the significance and condition of the parts recovered, items found recently have been displayed in museums or have been used in restoration projects.

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  1. I have been reading your article on the further excavation of Spitfire PT766. My late father Ian Davis was the publicity officer for the South Wales Aircraft Preservation Society and is pictured standing near the engine in the photograph. I have several components of the Spitfire in my possession. Unfortunately I also do not know what happened to the Merlin from the Spitfire following the break up of SWAPS. I would be interested to know if there are any plans to display the wreckage of PT766? My father was told about the location of the Spitfire when he went looking for a Mosquito that had also crashed in Gower. Being wooden there was very little wreckage of the Mosquito to be seen on the surface, only a large number of brass screws from what I remember.

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