HORSHAM man Frank Peel has saved a Second World War relic from becoming scrap metal.
Mr Peel found a military drop tank in father-in-law Dragutin Savron’s shed.
The Bullarto man bought the aluminium tank, which carried extra fuel for aircraft, from a Werribee window-maker 48 years ago.
Mr Peel drove the torpedo-looking tank across the Wimmera on Thursday to the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre.
“My father-in-law planned to make a boat out of it,” he said.
“I read in the paper how the centre has been rebuilding an Avro Anson plane and all the work they’ve been doing.
“I decided to donate it to them because, if this went to scrap metal, it would be gone forever.”
Mr Peel said the tank had garnered a few strange looks.
“One guy called me in the truck and said it was a nasty looking bomb,” he said.
“A lot of people have had a good look at it.”
The heritage centre’s historian Mick King will research the tank to find what type of plane it was used on.
President Rob Lynch said the tanks were dropped from planes once they were empty.
“There are certain items that we restore but, if it is good enough, we will keep it exactly the way it is,” he said.
“People have been very good at donating artefacts and relics from the Second World War. It has been overwhelming.
“We are building a new heritage centre and it will be big, but I think it will be filled up very quickly.”
Mr Peel donated the tank in memory of his father Don Peel, who served with the Royal Australian Air Force’s airfield construction squadron.