A Collection of Photographs & Diagrams
The course notes of Corporal Fred Duckwoth
The notebook images on this page are reproduced from the actual hand written course notes of Corporal Fred Duckworth (Deceased) who attended No28 Bomb Disposal Course and worked with No 6205 & 6208 RAF Bomb Disposal Flights. I am indebted to his wife Mavis (Shown here with me) for giving me the opportunity to use the material on this site.
Each of these pages is a thumbnail image; by clicking on each small picture you can see a larger version and read the actual note as Fred wrote it.
Bomb Disposal at the RAF Museum Hendon
MAX, The Largest German bomb dropped on Britain
SC 2500 MAX
Type: General Purpose Over-all Length: 154.25 in. Body Length: 94.75 in. Body Diameter: 32 in. Wall Thickness: 17/32 in. Tail Length: 66.5 in. Tail Width: 33 in. Filling: Trialen 105; 40/60 Amatol mixture of RDZ, TNT and aluminum Total Weight: 2,400 kg. Fuzing: Forward fuze pocket: AZ (24) A.; After Fuze Pocket: E1AZ (28) A.
Color and markings: Sky blue overall. SC 2500 is stenciled on the body in letters 3 inches high. Two yellow stripes are painted on the body between the tail fins. A few anti-shipping bombs have been found with the following stenciled on the body "Bei abwurf auf land nicht im tiefangriff und nur o.V." (not to be released over land in low level attack and always without delay). This type is thought to be filled with Trialen 105.
Construction: The SC 2500 has an aluminum body with a awelded head and tailpiece. There are two welded head and tailpiece. There are two welded fuze pockets. The rear fuze pocket is in the plane of the suspension lug. The forward pocket is rotated 30 degrees to the right. This pocket is connected to the nose of the bomb by a tube which extends a break-up functioning rod. This rod, which is central to the axis of the bomb, will on distortion of the nose crush the lower section of the (24) fuze to explode the bomb. A kopfring is welded to the nose. The tail of the SC 2500 is aluminum and of the drum type.
Suspension: Horizontal by an H-type lug. A suspension band is placed around bombs to give a solid base for the suspension lug.
Remarks The bomb is very similar to the SB 2500. The main difference is that the SC is made of aluminum while the SB is made of steel. The bomb is filled through the nose. Because of the rupture-type fuze, bombs cannot be dropped safe
Satan, not quite the largest German bomb dropped on Britain.
The RAF name for this particular bomb was "SATAN". It weighed 1800 Kg and was 12ft 3in long with the tail unit attached and 2ft 2in diameter. The bomb itself was 8 ft 11 in and the tail was 4ft 8in long. It was attached to the bomb with screws and the bomb had one fuze in a central location behind the suspension lug. The tail was made from sheet metal and braced with tubes for added strength. The ring on the nose of the weapon prevented the bomb from penetrating too deep, it was known as a "Kopf-ring". Thanks to Bernard Westbrook for this picture.
Here's a picture of a real SATAN taken in Egypt 1942.
Badges & Crests
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The Use of Dogs for Security Duties including EOD
Have a look at this. It is a BD Log Entry from North Weald. It was sent to me by a person who works in the National Archives. It relates to an ammunition burn which went tragically wrong when the explosive filling exploded instead of the normal rapid burn. Some personnel were badly injured