Bombs....

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    #1 Lucky13, Jun 3, 2013
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    What kinda bombs did exist in WWII '39-45, in general, including neutral countries?
    I can imagine that RAF had the biggest ones at the end....
    Was any of these, more prone to fail than others?
     
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    #2 fubar57, Jun 3, 2013
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    I didn't think bombs were gender specific. :twisted:

    Geo
     
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    #3 fastmongrel, Jun 3, 2013
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    The early RAF GP bombs from 100 to 2,000 pounds were pretty dire. They didnt carry much HE iirc around 35% by weight, the fuses were prone to not firing if the bomb struck at anything other than around 90 degrees and they were too long for there weight meaning fewer could be carried in a bomb bay than the later MC bombs of the RAF. The RAFs AS anti sub bombs were even worse and had a habit of skipping off the water and striking the bomber.

    Apparently the bombs had been designed in the late twenties and early thirties but no one had any money to test them in real life situations and by the time money was available it was too late they were all that was available. Having said that by the late war years RAF bombs were considered very reliable and destructive it was unfortunate that so many RAF pilots lost there lives carrying dud lumps of steel into action.
     
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    Cheers mate!
     
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    #5 altsym, Jun 3, 2013
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    May be the heaviest if that's what you mean, but Fat Boy @ 10,200lbs, was the most destructive.
     
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    For some reason I was thinking of a Fat Boy burger lol. Otherwise yes, Fat Man.
     
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    Though not 10,000lbs, a fat boy would make a decent dent in Japan when dropped from 30,000ft!
     
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    That just ain't right to even think of doing that.
     
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    Supposedly the Germans had a massive 17 ton bomb that was being tested by dropping out of a Me 323 when the aircraft broke up in flight.
     
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    I wonder how they planed on dropping it ? The Me323 had a nose loading ramp.
     
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    They waited until the Me323 broke up, and the dropping problem was solved ............. I'll get me coat!
     
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    Best thing for it though they arent motor bikes they are 2 wheel SUVs. This isnt mine (for some reason I cant get flickr links to work on the forum) but its the same model apart from the fact mines a single carb Thunderbolt not a twin carb Lightning

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    Didn't know that the 4000 lbs 'cookie' was first dropped from the Wellington.....
     
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