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Bombs 24 Jan 2017 12:25 #1

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I know there are some knowledgeable armourers on here so when i saw these photos i had taken from a visit to RAFM Hendon, I thought I would post them here





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General Purpose Bombs
120, 250,500,1000lb
A range of the RAF's standard bombs from the early war years
Designed for accurate delivery their low CWR (25-30%) meant that they did little significant damage

CWR ? C.... Weight Ratio?

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Bombs 24 Jan 2017 12:29 #2

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Card says
High Capacity Bomb
4000lb
Thin skinned blast bomb with high CWR (70-75%) intended to flatten buildings over a wide area
1942-1945
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Bombs 24 Jan 2017 12:32 #3

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Card says
High Capacity Bomb
2000lb
Thin skinned blast bomb with high CWR (70-75%) intended to flatten buildings over a wide area
1942-1945

Presumably the colour banding means it is inert...... ;)
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Bombs 24 Jan 2017 13:12 #4

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Content to Weight Ratio?
01010000 01100101 01110100 01100101 01110010 00100000 01001011 01101001 01110010 01101011

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Bombs 24 Jan 2017 23:34 #5

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Charge Weight Ratio, typically as low as 30 at the beginning of WWII for GP bombs, to 70+ for later HC weapons.

Source: Bombs Gone, Macbean and Hogben
Plan A is always more effective when the problem you are working on understands that Plan B will involve the use of dynamite :twisted:

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Bombs 25 Jan 2017 07:20 #6

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netcompsys wrote:
Card says
High Capacity Bomb
2000lb
Thin skinned blast bomb with high CWR (70-75%) intended to flatten buildings over a wide area
1942-1945

Presumably the colour banding means it is inert...... ;)


No, although the display bomb is inert (or should be) it is correctly marked as a live bomb with the red band and green band and overall dark green finish.

The original overall colour pre-and early war for GP bombs was yellow, usually reproducing in colour photos as ochre but this was replaced by the dark green hence the different finishes in your first image of 260 and 1000 pound bombs on the Type C trolley with front and rear tool boxes missing.

Due to a shortage of MC bombs the GP series bombs continued to be produced and used throughout the war.

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Bombs 26 Jan 2017 12:47 #7

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Another from my visit to the RAFM in 2013



Incendary Bomb Carrier 800llb
Carried 200 4lb incendaries
1945-1950
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Bombs 26 Jan 2017 12:50 #8

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Target Indicator Bomb 1000lb



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Note, on the drum of the TI tail unit the abbreviation FFX has been painted indicating Free From Explosives.

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Bombs 27 Jan 2017 11:44 #10

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Medium Capacity Bombs 500lb (top) and 4000lb (bottom)
1942 to 1960's

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