The British Air Ministry
1936
1945
Scramble Bell

Scramble bell

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This shows three good examples of typical 1940’s ‘scramble bells’ as used by the RAF

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Four images showing the detail of a 1940 crest  and the deep etching that is a characteristic of these bells

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Three images of clappers.  Hand forged clappers, these show some of the minor variations. Originally with no paint they are often deeply pitted.

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Showing the 1941 bell on the wall hanger. This 1941 bell turned up from its original ex- RAF owner. It is the only bell that I’ve ever found that came complete with its matching cast-iron  hanger.

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This shows the rarely seen original  steel fixing rings used to secure the bells to their original mountings. They have usually been removed these days. Note that even these differ in shape and the side of the bell that the they are fitted to.

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This image shows a  superb large 1937 bell.


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‘Plating’ detail images.  These depressions in the bell surface often convince owners that their bells have blemished plating. Study them through a magnifying glass.  Gently take a fine file to them and the surface can be improved.

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These  two pictures show bell tops with and without a threaded hole for a supporting eye.

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Two 1941 bells together. I believe  this to be  the only online comparative image showing both  the standard & the large AM  bells standing together.

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These images show three good examples of 1930’s ‘scramble bells’ as used by the RAF

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This image shows two very original 1942 bells, one made from brass/bronze and the other silver.

Note that with the change of material the engraving differ slightly. Study these detail shots showing the engraving on the brass/bronze bell

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These images show a selection of the small markings to be found on bell tops.  Note that one bell is without any markings and another has the store  number too.  This is the only such markings that I have seen.

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An Air Ministry bell in use, this one is at 54 Squadron’s dispersal at   RAF Hornchurch.

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   We find an  Air Ministry bell still on a station. These self-explanatory images have been kindly offered by the RAF Wyton fire brigade. Are there more RAF stations still with their bell in place?

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Unique picture of  three large 1940/42  bells together.

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A post war picture taken at RAF Neatishead.