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    Hi all,

    I am looking for a photo or manual page depicting "handheld bombsight" which might be used by Coastal Command navigator/bomb aimer in late 1942 on a Wellington.

    Any help much appreciated.

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hello Pavel,
    Do you know what other name it might have had? (Mk xx etc?) Or who manufactured it?

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    Hi Bruce, unfortunately not:(
    I have only a reminiscences from one our 311 Sq navigator who was using it and was not so happy with it as with the fixed one. I think I have seen a photo of such a device once but I am not able to find it at the moment to upload it if this might be the bombsight.

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    I can't help with the model or make but I suspect this is the low level bomb sight for dropping bombs or depth charges. The standard bomb sight was not designed for this type of operation and most drops before this were pilot made using experience only. I dare say the better pilots achieved some success but on the whole the kill to sighting ratio on U-boats was appalling in the early war years. I can't recall the bombing height for DC's but I thought it was around 100 feet in 1942.

    Edit: It was called the Low Level (handheld) Mark 1.
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    Hi Pavel,

    Not the answer you want but maybe another clue.

    In the Appendices of "Bomber Harris, Despatch on war operations" published last year, Harris lists in section VII the bombsights in use at the beginning of 1942 by Bomber Command.
    The last one is " Low Level (hand held) bombsight, Mark I "
    Unfortunately no further details of this sight are given but at least its a designation from a semi official source and in the right time frame.
    regards Peter

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    Peter may have cracked it. See this file at TNA Kew:

    AVIA 18/959
    Description: Low level bombsight Mk. II: trials in Wellington aircraft

    Hope this helps,
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    Hi Pavel - emailed you relevant pages from Air 41/81, a 1952 Air Ministry publication ‘Armament Vol I Bombs and Bombing Equipment’. Hope this helps.

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