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Article about: Practice bombs of this type were very popular, suitably painted and used as signs for Bomb Squadron HQs etc at 8th AF bases ( I've seen photos of them used as such by the 100th BG at Thorpe

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    I have just acquired this practice bomb from an antiques shop. I would be grateful for info about it. Is it WW2 vintage? Thanks.
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ID:	269223This is a M38A2 practice bomb, and it's basically a hollow bomb-shape that was filled with sand to make it weigh 100 lbs... The fuze for the marking-charge was inserted in the screw-cap in the nose, which also served as the filler-spout for the sand.

    Eric
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    Quote by Eric Zentner View Post
    This is a M38A2 practice bomb, and it's basically a hollow bomb-shape that was filled with sand to make it weigh 100 lbs... The fuze for the marking-charge was inserted in the screw-cap in the nose, which also served as the filler-spout for the sand.

    Eric
    Wow.....You guys amaze me with your knowledge! When was this used and what kind of plane used this for practice? Thanks!

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    They were used on several planes the Dauntless is one. Although they didn't weigh the same as the 500 and 1000 lb. inert bombs, ballistically they behaved the same way as the "ert" ones.
    From what I understand 40s era.
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    Nice practice bomb you have there, Pablo !
    You should display it by hanging it from the ceiling.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Nice practice bomb you have there, Pablo !
    You should display it by hanging it from the ceiling.
    I was thinking about putting it on the hood of my car.......people would likely get out of my way!

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    Quote by Eric Zentner View Post
    They were used on several planes the Dauntless is one. Although they didn't weigh the same as the 500 and 1000 lb. inert bombs, ballistically they behaved the same way as the "ert" ones.
    From what I understand 40s era.
    Many thanks for the info, Eric. This bomb becomes much more INTERESTING!

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    Make sure it dont have the poo in it (Joe dirt movie) LOL

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    Quote by Eric Zentner View Post
    Make sure it dont have the poo in it (Joe dirt movie) LOL

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    LOL......one of my favorite movies!

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    Nice piece! William
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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