ID/Info about this bell (US Air Force)
April 26, 2014 at 5:44 am #12394tonganmagicParticipant
Hi all, I picked up this bell at a local thrift shop for two bucks cause I thought it was cool. I’m a veteran of the Army, but I pretty much pick up anything old that I find that is military related. This bell has a marking on one side that says “US Air Force”, but it’s slightly wore off. On the opposite side of the bell it has another marking that says something like “50?6?” I think the center character is a ‘B’, but not sure. I will try to attach pics of all of the important stuff, but I’m basically wondering if anyone can tell me anything about it. I’m wondering an approximate age, what it was used for, maybe what type of metal it appears to be made of. I think the handle is made of wood, but pretty much any extra info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
April 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm #17745GarryParticipant
Very interesting bell!!
Hopefully, when you do find information on it, you will return and let us know!
I suspect that you will do better to go to a US Military History board on this one.
It’s a standard Bevin style bell, from the bell point of view.
It seems to say “US AirForce” and “50B62”.
I suspect you are going to find that it is something like an aerodrome Mess Bell that housed two squadrons, the 50’th and the 62nd.
Probably to get attention during meals and meetings.
Just a suspicion of mine, but that is where I’d start. Go to a US Airforce history site and see if you can turn up something about the marking 50B62.
Hope that helps and good hunting!
April 28, 2014 at 7:16 am #17746tonganmagicParticipant
I looked around and the only thing I could find that was similar were bells for air raids, that is, calling the all-clear after an air raid is over. I guess in the old days, once a commander deemed that enemy planes were done bombing a base, they would ring a bell to send the all-clear so that the service members could come out of the bunker. I don’t know if that’s what this is for, because I don’t know if it’s old enough to be used for that. But it makes sense, because I have been in many instances were the all clear had to be called in Iraq and it was a loud intercom system that was used. I’m sure in the old days it would have to be something less technical (like a bell). I would really be stoked if this was a WWII item, cause that war fascinates me. Anyway, still not sure but thank you so much for that info. I also thought that it was a “50B62”, so I’m glad you thought the same. Thanks again!
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