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RAF Practice Smoke Bombs

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by Fred Wilson, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. Fred Wilson

    Fred Wilson "The" Rogue of Rogues

    Sep 19, 2007
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    Vernon BC Canada
    From HAWKER HIND: http://113squadron.com/113_squadron_aircraft.htm

    Hind Armourment Corp Stan Harrison, an armourer on Hinds with 113 squadron passed along the following recollections:
    The racks were designed to carry 125 lb bombs and were modified to carry 20 lb practice smoke bombs which were painted white.
    This is the carrier that is dangling in the photo ‘Curly Misjudges’. Stan cannot remember if it carried 2 or 4 bombs nor how it fixed to the normal rack.
    The bombs were released electrically by the pilot and could be released individually.

    He remembers filling the practice bombs outside in the open by 216 Squadron hanger in Heliopolis Egypt just before they were put on the plane.
    They were not stored filled. The bomb case came apart into two halves and the liquid and detonator were put in the rear half [he thinks] whilst it was stood on its fins.
    There was a rod in the front half that set off the detonator when it hit the ground, there was no other explosive, and the liquid burned to cause the smoke.
    The liquid, the name of which he is trying to remember, was very corrosive and thick rubber gloves had to worn when handling it.
    Stan cannot remember ever fitting larger bombs to Hinds. But he does remember going to the range to spot the fall of the smoke bombs.


    Cutaway images at: http://www.bocn.co.uk/vbforum/threads/3774-British-practice-bombs?highlight=practice%20bombs

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