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    Hi,

    the iron nose of a 4 lb incendiary bomb is red painted and a 0 8 is stamped on it, s. link below. Does anybody know the menaing of color and stamp?

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    Marcel


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    Mk-1 to III's had the nose coloured red. As for what the number means, not sure other that it could be the type of delay it had.

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    Hi Stephen,

    thanks for your answer. A collegue told me that there is another number mentioned on another iron nose which could have belonged to the same group of noses at the crash site. That would speak against the delay theory, but I do not have a better one ...

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    Marcel

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    All the official documentation that I have read, states that I.B.s were the only RAF bomb type painted with red noses during WW2 (they were also sometimes painted entirely red). Therefore, a red nose means its an Incendiary Bomb. Nothing more. Red bands on the bomb body meant something different again. I don't have enough knowledge of stamps to comment, I'm afraid.

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    Hi Jonny,

    thanks for your reply.

    Marcel

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