WWII Bomb Rack pics and question.

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Nov 28, 2006
Hello, I'm new here.

I've attached a picture of a U.S. Navy BUR. OF ORD "RACK-BOMB" - MARK 51 MOD 7 SERIAL 54095 - VOLTS 24 - CAP 25-1600 lbs.

Can anyone tell me what plane this came from???

If was found on the Island of Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands.



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I think it was a pretty common rack for all the Navy dive bombers during WWII, such as the Douglas SBD. Our AD-5 Skyraider has two, one on each stub wing, and that aircraft was supposed to replace the SBD, but the war ended before it got in service.

I have seen from 100 pound to 2,000 pound bombs loaded on it, as well as up to 5" rockets.
I would have thought that the capacity and location indicate an SBD or possibly a Helldiver. SBDs could carry 1600lb weapons, so this may well be the centreline rack from one.

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