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2.25" rocket container mk2 benco 1945

Article about: Hello all, First post here. I was recently given an old rusty container by my neighbors. I recently started to sand it down to repaint it, with the intention of using it as a tool box. As I

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    Hello all,

    First post here. I was recently given an old rusty container by my neighbors. I recently started to sand it down to repaint it, with the intention of using it as a tool box. As I was sanding it down I noticed an inscription on top, it reads " 2"25 rocket container mk2 mod 0 439195 mc benco 1945" it has 4 latches, 2 on each side. I was hoping someone could give me a little more info about this container, I certainly didn't think it was that old. Here is a picture, any help is appreciated.


    Last edited by Mccool; 07-25-2012 at 10:11 PM.

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    Well, I can tell you it is British, somebody will be along to add a bit more
    Best Regards

    Vegard T.
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    Looking for militaria from 38. Batterie, Heeres Küsten Artillerie Regiment 977, also from 31, 32 and 36. Batterie.

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    Thank you very much Vegar, that gives me somewhere to start.

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    The only possibility I can think of is the rockets used by RAF aircraft (such as Typhoons) against tanks etc., called the RP-3. The armour piercing version was known as the 25lb Rocket (from the weight of the warhead). If I am right, it would be quite an interesting piece. There is a fairly good Wikipedia page on the RP-3: RP-3 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    It looks somewhat modified to me, but i am not 100% sure of what an RP-3 warhead container looked like

    Can we see some better pictures of it and the inscription?

    Rob

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    wow, great info thanks!

    very interesting wikipedia page, though it seems those RP-3's measure 55" long, my container only measures 29" x 11" x 11".

    I think the hinges and the lock were added later, they do not seem original. I plan on removing both the hinges and the lock. Here are a few more pictures, I could not get the inscription all in one picture.






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    Quote by Mccool View Post
    wow, great info thanks!

    very interesting wikipedia page, though it seems those RP-3's measure 55" long, my container only measures 29" x 11" x 11".

    I think the hinges and the lock were added later, they do not seem original. I plan on removing both the hinges and the lock. Here are a few more pictures, I could not get the inscription all in one picture.
    No, I wasn't thinking of the entire rocket going into the box, just the 25lb warhead I was reading the inscription to mean 2 x '25 rockets', i.e two of them in the box. From what I have just seen online, the rockets came in several containers and were assembled before loading. Damned if i can find a picture of any of them though (without joining another forum just to get the pix).

    I could be wrong, this is just a guess really. I agree though, hinges and lock don't belong and should go.

    Rob

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    Quote by Battery Command Post View Post
    No, I wasn't thinking of the entire rocket going into the box, just the 25lb warhead

    Rob
    That makes more sense, excuse my ignorance haha

    I certainly appreciate the guess and all the help, it definitely gives me a place to start searching. Thank you so much.

    I'll be sand blasting it soon, hopefully I find more identifying marks on it once it's stripped of all the old paint.

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    The Hinges are old style gate hinges and MMA welded to the box and not original.The poor weld and fit up are a good indicators.
    A nice munitions box but.
    Cheers
    Dave

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    Could the box be for the 2" Naval rocket Mk2 see early rockets and missiles, boxer and hale rockets
    Its not a box that I recognise for 3" RP .
    Hangarman

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