WW2 Armoured Plate Glass

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I recently came across a person selling what he claimed was Armoured plate glass from a World War 2 aeroplane. I was sceptical but saved the listing out of curiosity.

A few weeks went buy an I re-visited the listing and it was still available at an even cheaper price. When I questioned the seller about its authenticity, he said it was just what he was told when he bought it over ten years ago.

I still thought it was too good to be true, but I did merit further research. I tracked down a WW2 Aircraft forum (https://ww2aircraft.net/forum/ ) and posted up some pictures and sat back waiting for a response, probably negative.

To my surprise and forum member tracked down a cockpit photo with the glass! The Glass is from a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito a British combat aircraft. 7,781 aeroplanes were made between 1940-1950. Interestingly 238 were also built in Australia.

The glass was designed to sit above the observer’s seat. This allowed the pilot could see through to the rear of the plane.

Photo Courtesy:
https://acesflyinghigh.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/de-havilland-mosquito-ka114-flys-again/

Another interesting feature I discovered was that most of the glass has a tiny ARMOURPLATE engraving etched into the edge of the glass.

"ARMOURPLATE" watermark embossed on the glass.
Close up showing the watermark embossed in the glass

Now I need to figure out how to display and respectfully mount the armoured plate glass 🙂 If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them 🙂