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  • ZRX61
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2005
    • 4769

    WWII bomb explodes in Germany...

    https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2...Socialflow+MIL
    If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.
  • ericmunk
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Apr 2009
    • 1735

    #2
    Happens a lot, unfortunately. Last weekend in the Netherlands a WW2 phosporous grenade exploded when children found it and and started tossing it about. Amazing there were no injuries. Could have been worse.

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    • Steve Bond
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2000
      • 1808

      #3
      Why do they assume it was an 8th Air Force bomb?

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      • ZRX61
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • May 2005
        • 4769

        #4
        Originally posted by Steve Bond View Post
        Why do they assume it was an 8th Air Force bomb?
        Because it was in the middle of a field, not a factory
        If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: It's all balls. RJM.

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        • Old Towzer
          Rank 4 Registered User
          • Jun 2018
          • 56

          #5
          Ha ha.

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          • J Boyle
            With malice towards none
            • Oct 2004
            • 9793

            #6
            Originally posted by Steve Bond View Post
            Why do they assume it was an 8th Air Force bomb?
            Because it wasn't in a apartment block.
            There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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            • Denis
              The past is preferable!
              • Mar 2004
              • 1515

              #7
              Originally posted by Steve Bond View Post
              Why do they assume it was an 8th Air Force bomb?
              The most possible or likely reason being that US bomb delayed action fuses were made of High compound Aluminium (Sorry..Aloominum ) and corrode to an extent where the fuses fail.They have high tension detonator pin on a spring, which itself is held back by a plastictype disc. If the plastic disk has deteriorated, the detonator pin could only be held back by a small mechanical effect or a piece of corrosion.the slightest movement or a change in temperature can cause the pin to move and trigger an explosion and detonate. British brass manufactured ones do not seem to suffer from this amount of corrosion. The recent and ongoing high ground temperatures could be a factor into why this exploded.
              Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group
              http://hamg.co.uk

              Hunsdon, Sawbridgeworth and Matching Green airfields..
              http://www.wartime-airfields.com

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              • JagRigger
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Jan 2006
                • 451

                #8
                I just put it down to the Americans being late - again

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                • Creaking Door
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Sep 2006
                  • 9863

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Steve Bond View Post
                  Why do they assume it was an 8th Air Force bomb?
                  Britain being gradually written-out of European history?

                  WA$.

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                  • Malcolm McKay
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Aug 2004
                    • 1812

                    #10
                    It's probably due to a scorched earth Brexit strategy.

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                    • currawong
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Apr 2012
                      • 41

                      #11
                      Ordinance is common enough. How common is it for them to self detonate after this long?

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                      • Creaking Door
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Sep 2006
                        • 9863

                        #12
                        I would say that it is staggeringly rare!

                        Some estimates put the number of 'dud' bombs as high as 25% of the 'high-explosive' bombs dropped by RAF Bomber Command which would translate to somewhere between 100 and 175 'duds' on a single 'average' raid even if every bomber only carried a single 'high-explosive' bomb! This isn't actually as bad as it seems when the breakdown of the actual bomb-loads carried is considered; much of the overall bomb tonnage carried by the RAF, especially later in the war, was incendiary bombs and 'high-capacity' bombs (4000lb 'cookies' or less commonly 8000lb or 12000lb) which often exploded when jettisoned 'safe' and which were far less likely to fail to explode when dropped 'live'. It is rare to find unexploded cookies although there does seem to have been a few found recently.

                        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloc...6_(ORDATA).jpg
                        WA$.

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                        • Creaking Door
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Sep 2006
                          • 9863

                          #13
                          Originally posted by Steve Bond View Post
                          Why do they assume it was an 8th Air Force bomb?
                          Because the crater is thirty-three feet wide...

                          ...if it were a German bomb the crater would be ten metres wide!

                          WA$.

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                          • ericmunk
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Apr 2009
                            • 1735

                            #14
                            Originally posted by currawong View Post
                            Ordinance is common enough. How common is it for them to self detonate after this long?
                            Happens on a regular basis, but indeed not an everyday occurrence (fortunately). Was impressed when an underwater small arms munitions dump from WW2 went up in spectacular spontaneous fashion in the Netherlands at night. Killed all of the fish in the pond... Expect to see stuff like this happen more often the next few years...

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                            • Creaking Door
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Sep 2006
                              • 9863

                              #15
                              I still maintain that spontaneous detonations are staggeringly rare considering the potential number of unexploded bombs that lie undetected across Europe.

                              This article puts the number at 'only' one hundred since the end of the war:

                              https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2...en-hamburg-ww2
                              WA$.

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