British Bomb, 600 lb AS, Mk 1




The body consists of three pieces welded together; a concave nose, parallel sides, and a tapered base to receive the clip-on tail. The after end is closed off by the closing plate, which houses the exploder container. A round nose cap, attached to the nose for streamlining during air travel, breaks off on impact, giving the bomb an unstable trajectory, and so preventing ricochet.

The clip-on type tail consists of a cylindrical strut secured to the tail cone by four fins. The tail cone is constructed of four pieces and is held together by three rivets only. There is no reach rod extending through the tail cone, as the fuze is not the arming-vane type. The tail breaks off on impact with water, contributing to the unstable trajectory of the bomb.

The bomb may be suspended from British planes by the single lug, or from US aircraft by the dual lugs on either side of the single lug. When either dual lugs or the single lug are used, the remaining lug screw holes are closed by transit screws.

The fuze is fitted in an anticountermining chamber.

See Also

British Bombs - Construction

British Bombs - Designation and Classification

British Bombs - Fillings


OP 1665, British Explosive Ordnance (1946)