British Bomb, 2000 lb HC, Mk 1




The body consists of a cylindrical steel shell with a hollow, conical nose piece welded to one end, parallel sides, and a closing plate bolted to an angle ring which is welded in position a short distance within the other end. A radial strengthening band is welded internally at the center of gravity, and its ends are welded to a steel block. Holes tapped through the shell and steel block receive the suspension-lug screws. Side pockets for supplementary fuzing are present near the base end, but are not used. The shell is strengthened longitudinally by two channel beams welded to each end of a central steel block and to the shell interior.

The Tail No. 32 Mk I assembly consists of a cylinder of light-gauge metal with a metal tray secured in its forward end and a strengthening ring in its open rear end. The tray has a series of equispaced bayonet dogs for attaching to the body bayonet joints welded to it. The cylinder has a number of openings to give it stability.

The parachute attachment has a parachute 5 ft. 6 in. in diameter, attached to a metal tray having bayonet dogs for attaching it to the body. The parachute is retained by waterproofed fabric and a retaining pin. The retaining pin is attached to a static cord stitched on the outside of the last protective panel, and connected to the bomb carrier or aircraft. On release the cord pulls the retaining pin and chute free, and breaks off from the plane when the chute is extended.

The bomb is suspended by a single suspension lug bolted to the body and an internal steel block at the center of gravity. The screw holes are closed by transit screws until the bomb is to be used, at which time the lug is attached.

This bomb may be fitted with a nose attachment of light-gauge metal to retard the bomb in flight. It consists of a cylinder fitting over the forward end of the body shell and projecting forward beyond it around the conical nose piece. Two side fuzing pockets are usually not used, but might contain the Time Pistol No. 47.

See Also

British Bombs - Construction

British Bombs - Designation and Classification

British Bombs - Fillings


OP 1665, British Explosive Ordnance (1946)