A Lockheed T-33 crashed near my hometown (Outer Cove, Newfoundland) in 1956. This year we have had some very strong storm surges, and a piece of metal has washed up on the shore. I am posting this picture to see if anyone can tell if it is part of the crashed T-33. Thanks.

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    $\begingroup$ Am I right to assume the oval hole is approx. 2x8 inches? $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 18:37
  • $\begingroup$ Yes that is correct the are two on that piece. $\endgroup$
    – CiderJoe
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 12:57
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    $\begingroup$ oh hey, you found that old piece of dental work I lost when I was in NF last year... $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Commented Feb 25, 2020 at 3:01
  • $\begingroup$ @CiderJoe , awesome, do you know why they believe at the time it crashed? IT would be amazing if you could find a bullet hole, fuel residue or whatever is relevant to the event! Awesome idea on the museum. $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 13:34
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    $\begingroup$ pressreader.com/canada/the-telegram-st-johns/20150505/… $\endgroup$
    – CiderJoe
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 19:13

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It looks like the nose skin panel with the gun ports that some T-33s had. So I'd be willing to put serious money down on "yes".

Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star ‘69330 / TR-330’ (N651) Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star ‘69330 / TR-330’ (N651)
Alan Wilson from Stilton, Peterborough, Cambs, UK

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    $\begingroup$ It might be good to editorialize this answer a bit with what the questioner should do about it -- is there someone who should be notified? Can they legally keep it as a souvenir or sell it to someone on eBay? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 5:39
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    $\begingroup$ We have a museum that has a section on the plane crash so I will be donating it to them. $\endgroup$
    – CiderJoe
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 13:09
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    $\begingroup$ @GlennWillen Why? That wasn't part of the question. $\endgroup$
    – Mast
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 14:52
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    $\begingroup$ Seriously you guys? It's a little piece of sheet metal from 1956! The investigation closed its books on this one over 60 years ago, I doubt very much that there is a clue in this that any investigator could use to solve some lingering mystery about root cause. There are far more compelling and recent crash sites with debris still out there that people no longer care about. I would keep it as a souvenir or donate it with a clear conscience and not pay any attention to the naysayers. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 20:02
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    $\begingroup$ Legal issues aside, do archeology, investigators, and the museum a solid and document when and where you found it. Without that it’s just a hunk of metal. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 0:34

I am a retired journalist and lifelong aviation buff/writer/researcher in St. John's. I conducted an in-depth research project into this crash and published the results in a two part, front page story in the Telegram newspaper in 2015. Since the crash of a T-33 is the only one known to have taken place in Logy Bay, I'd say the chances of it being a piece of the plane are excellent (it is obviously a piece of aircraft aluminum).


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