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Could coalhouse axe have hidden war record?
A MAN believes an axe which has stood idle for decades could have come from a Second World War bomber.
John Tones inherited the axe from his grandfather, who used it to chip stone off coal.
For many years, it has hung unused in a coalhouse.
But the 68-year-old now believes it is identical to an escape axe from a Halifax bomber featured in The Northern Echo on Wednesday, October 9.
Mr Tones, of New Brancepeth, near Durham, said: “I couldn’t believe it. I said: ‘I’ve seen that before’.
“I went looking for it and found it straight away. It’s exactly the same.”
Mr Tones said he was prepared to hand over the axe to a museum.
The other axe belonged to a Canadian Halifax bomber which crashed near Langthorpe, North Yorkshire, in March 1945, and is now in a memorial room at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, near York.
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