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A weekend of digging 8th airforce dump 13&14/3/2010. Me and gremlins big day out!!

Article about: Over the weekend i decided to spend every moment i could on one of my dump sites. On Sunday i was joined bye Gremlin of this web site. Hope you like our finds So the first 3 photos are whats

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    Default Re: A weekend of digging 8th airforce dump 13&14/3/2010. Me and gremlins big day out!!

    ....and by the way.....

    the cap badge is a BEAUTY !!

    Steve T

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    Quote by Steve T View Post
    Nice finds guys

    The propeller I believe is the arming vane for a tail pistol, as shown below. It looks like the groves in the central ring of the vane would have fitted onto the large 'wing nut' in the bomb pistol. When in place, this 'wing nut' prevented the firing pin from prematurely striking the detonator. As the bomb fell, the vane would spin in the airflow, unwind the 'wing nut' and thereby allow the firing pin to be free floating. When the bomb hit the ground, there is then nothing to stop the firing pin shooting forward and striking the detonator.

    Now go find another one and send it to me so I can make a nice display piece !!!!



    Steve T
    Nice one steve thanks for your photos.
    Your pistols were great finds & quite rare i would think.

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    Default Re: A weekend of digging 8th airforce dump 13&14/3/2010. Me and gremlins big day out!!

    Hear are a few photos of my vane after cleaning and after spending a week soaking in WD40.
    Any body have any idear what size bomb it would have come off of ???
    I have allso put on a photo of a small one i found years ago on a 9th airforce base.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture 13.14 001.jpg   13.14 007.jpg  

    13.14 006.jpg   13.14 002.jpg  

    13.14 008.jpg   13.14 009.jpg  

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    Digger

    The bomb pistols this attached to (top item....not sure about the bottom one. Looks like a lawnmower blade to me , were interchangeable between the majority of bombs from 100lbers to Grand slam and the like. The detonation 'device' was basically the same in the majority of bombs. However, some of the large capacity bombs would have 2, 3 or 4 tail pistols, just to be sure, as well as a couple of nose ones to be dead certain.

    Have a look here. I was terribly sad and printed the whole thing off !!

    BRITISH BOMBS AND FUZES

    Cheers

    Steve T

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    Default Re: A weekend of digging 8th airforce dump 13&14/3/2010. Me and gremlins big day out!!

    If I remember back to my bombs and comps training the arming vane removed the first safety lock. I'll dig out my notes and take a look.

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