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Yap Harbor Wreckage-Oil Separator Wreckage Identified
Update: Taigh Ramey from Twin Beech provided the following information: I do not recognize the item right off. I do not think the recovered item is the same as the B-24 air oil separator in the diagram though. Here is why: The recovered device has a bolting flange around the middle whereas the one in the diagram does not. A flange like this is commonly associated with an accumulator for a hydraulic system but it looks to be too light weight in construction to be an accumulator. Maybe an air filter or some sort of strainer. There are no visible tubes at right angles on the sides of the recovered item as are seen on the air oil separator There is a second tube on one of the ends of the recovered item and none show up on the air oil separator diagram.
The following information was Posted when we thought the wreckage was from a B-24 in the fall of 2006:
The oil separator was recovered from the Anthony B-24 wreckage in the water near Yap, documented in the pictures below, and returned to the wreck site. The oil separator has been identified from the B-24 Service and Instruction Manual. Please see page number 90 below.
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