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    Hi all

    ...from a newbie to this site, but a greyhair in the WW2 RAF research biz (well, my bit of it, anyway....and Hi Ross - it's been a while!)

    I've been doing a bit of digging for a correspondent in Arizona, and have run into a question I can't answer, so I thought perhaps the wise people here might be able to help.

    It's about Mk III Wellington bomb loads in India......the ORBs describe the munitions carried, including 500lb GP N.I.T.I. Now, 500lb and GP I have no problem with, but N.I.T.I. I have no idea. Anyone know what N.I.T.I. stands for? I'd be very appreciative if anyone could help out.

    In addition, I'm not sure about the etiquette (mods feel free to delete this bit if necessary), but I'm happy to contribute any small knowledge I might have about 99 Squadron '39 - '45 to anyone here who has questions.

    Best wishes to all

    Martin_B
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    Hi Martin, welcome!

    Referring to OP 1665 British Explosive Ordinance 1946, it seem that the 500lb GP had twin detonators, one in the nose and one in the tail. Hence, Nose Instantaneous, Tail Instantaneous?

    This is only a wild guess but it makes sense (To me!) given the common nomenclature of (Weight) (Purpose) (Fuse).

    Hope this helps,

    Jeff

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    Hi Martin,

    Jeff is correct describes the nose and tail fusing as Instantaneous.

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    Thanks guys - that makes sense. The ORBs also refer to a 250lb GP N.I.T.I - this was in Jessore, India, in 1943 - so I guess the same interpretation applies. There's also reference to 250lb LD which I guess refers to a delay fuse. Plus a whole bunch of incendiaries, too.

    Remarkable workhorse, the Wellington.

    Thanks a lot - hope to be checking in here in the future. And if there's any queries about the bombing campaign in South East Asia, gissa shout!

    Best wishes

    Martin_B
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