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    Default RCAF/RAF Practice Bomb 11.5 lb

    Hi,

    I would like to have more informations and pictures of the Practice Bomb 11.5 lb used by the machine gunners in formation (BCATP).

    Thank you.

    Samuel

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    Samuel,
    I do not understand your question! Machine gunners (I presume you mean by this the Air Gunner, who operated machine guns in RAF aircraft) had nothing to do with bombing, practice or otherwise. Also your reference to "in formation" further confuses me! (I am rather easily confused). Also the bit at the end about (BCATP) does not help at all, although it definitely confirms that you are talking about the British 11.5 pound bomb (itself an enlargement of the earlier 8 pound practice bomb). These bombs contained a chemical which emitted a large puff of smoke when they impacted the earth, so the trainee air bomber far above could actually see how close his bombs were to the intended target. Thus they bombs were intended for re-use (by re-filling, unless they had been damage by hitting a rock) and were not normally destroyed each time they were used on practice. However to be actually hit by one would not be a good idea, so all precautions were taken on the bombing ranges when practice bombing was in progress.
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    Samuel,

    Google "practice bomb" & 11.5. This will bring up many hits including images of the bomb and current efforts by many agencies to find and clear these bombs or fragments of them from now-abandoned bombing ranges in many countries.

    An example is the recent discovery of these bombs, or fragments of them, at the Yekau Lake Bombing Range near Edmonton, Alberta which was used by various BCATP units:

    http://www.uxocanada.forces.gc.ca/loc-emp/yl-ly-eng.asp
    Last edited by Ken MacLean; 1st May 2009 at 00:49.

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    Thank you !

    Samuel

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    These are links to images of an 11½Lb British practice Bomb. It is dated 1937 and has been chrome-plated for display use. Ignore the crudely applied paintwork over the top of the chrome.

    http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y269/wartimeairfields/Bomb003768x576.jpg

    This image shows the interior workings and components of the type.

    http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p117/DASharp/Practice_10_LB.jpg
    Last edited by Denis; 2nd May 2009 at 20:05.

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