British Bomb, 500 lb AS, Mk 1, Mk 2, Mk 3, Mk 4




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 nose is threaded to take a solid nose plug, which is secured by a locking screw. The casting is made in 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 Mks I-III bodies have the nose of the bomb fitted with an adapter for a nose fuze. Internal strengthening bands are welded to the body, which has no tail adapter. A ballistic cap screws on the nose to prevent ricochet.

The Tail Assembly No. 9 Mk I consists of a sheet-metal cone with a cylindrical strut attached to it by four fins. The assembly is secured to the tail adapter by four spring clips on the cone. A reach rod, with arming vanes attached to the after end, extends through the cone and engages the arming fork of the tail pistol.

The tails of the Bombs Mks I-III consists of a cylindrical strut attached by four fins to a dome-shaped tail cone, and secured to the body by a central bolt.

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

These bombs are designed to give maximum blast effect for use against submarines. The Tail Pistol No. 30 with a needle striker is to be used in the Bombs Mk IV for A/S bombing. The Pistol No. 28 can be used in place of the No. 30 for land bombardment.

See Also

British Bombs - Construction

British Bombs - Designation and Classification

British Bombs - Fillings


OP 1665, British Explosive Ordnance (1946)