British Bomb, 100 lb AS, Mk 1, Mk 2, Mk 3, Mk 4, Mk 6

 

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Description

The Mk IV body consists of a hollow nose forging or casting, and a cast or forged tail adapter, welded to a sheet steel casing. The hollow nose is threaded to take a solid, flat nose plug, which is secured by a locking screw. The casing is made of two parts, welded together longitudinally. The tail adapter receives the exploder container, which is locked and sealed in position, and houses the detonator holder and pistol.

The Mk III body has a nose fitted with a nose fuze adapter, three internal strengthening rings, and a tail adapter. A ballistic cap screws onto the nose to prevent ricochet.

In the Mk VI body, the nose plug and a cup shaped nose attachment are welded on.

The Bomb Mk IV uses a Tail Assembly No. 7 Mk I which consists of a sheet metal tail cone with a cylindrical strut attached by four fins. It is secured to the tail adapter by four spring clips on the cone. The tail assembly also has a reach rod, with arming vanes on after end, which extends through the tail cone to engage the arming fork of the tail pistol.

The tail of the Bomb Mk III consists of a cylindrical strut, attached by fins to a dome, which is secured to the bomb by a central bolt.

The Bomb Mk VI uses a Tail No. 56 Mk I, which is secured by four locking screws threaded through four cone-securing bosses welded on at an angle to tail cone. The screws thread inward and aft to engage slots in the bomb body.

The bomb is horizontally suspended by a single lug, which is secured by screws projecting through the case and into a steel-block support pad welded to the interior of the body.

The Tail Pistol No. 30 with needle striker is to be used in the Bomb Mk IV for A/S bombing. The Pistol No. 28 can be used in place of the No. 30 for land bombardment.

The Bomb Mk V was never produced.

See Also

British Bombs - Construction

British Bombs - Designation and Classification

British Bombs - Fillings

Source(s)

OP 1665, British Explosive Ordnance (1946)