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At a later date, when I was going through the video clips that I took when we were in what I calculated to be the exact area that the Corsair should have been in, I came across a four second clip that I had taken of a tree that had intrigued me in that had broken off at (by memory) about 8 foot above the ground.

I’m not saying that it had been broken off by an impact as I took it that it had snapped off probably due to rot and a heavy snow fall. Whichever way, it had been broken a long time ago.

 

In one of the movie frames, when I looked just to the right of the stump, in the background, my eye was attracted to a heavily moss covered wing shaped object!

I’m once again, not saying that this is the wing of the Corsair, but, No.1: it is in the right area and  No.2: it is further compounded with a black area that may well be a collapsed section between the wing ribs (shown just to the left of the arrow point in photo below)

The bush can give many illusions of just about anything you care to see if you look hard and long enough, so I’ve learnt to take much of these sort of observations ‘with a grain of salt’.

However, this observation has taught me just how much our minds are conditioned by television, movies, etc, to what to expect to see, when in reality, it may be totally different.

 

I had been looking for a huge aircraft just sitting there in all its glory with a few vines growing over it, when what we should be looking for after all these years is a heavily moss covered mound of dirt! Most of the aluminum would by now be corroded away in the damp conditions and the engine would have broken away and appear like a moss covered rock .

 

The possible wing shown in this photo is lying roughly on the same angle as shown in the aerial photo, but there is only one way to find out if it genuinely is it or not......... and that costs lots for me to get there, so at this point of time, I’m leaving it to some very keen people, who live much closer to the area, Daniel Hayes, Mark Church, and friends. I hope to post news of their attempts of tramping in to the site soon, so watch this space.....

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