US Bomb, 600 lb GP, M32
Prior to the organization of the AN Standardization board in 1941, these bombs were designated as “Demolition H.E." bombs; under the standardization policy they were retitled as “General Purpose High Explosive (G.P.H.E.)” bombs.
Targets: Ammunition dumps, railway engines, and cars, all types of construction, and aircraft on the ground.
Body construction: These bombs may be made by any one of the following methods: (1) From seamless steel tubing in which the nose of the bomb is formed by swaging and the tail by drawing to the necessary diameter; or (2) the case may be forged in one piece; or (3) it may be formed from cast sections welded together. These bombs have female base filling plates.
Type of suspension: Horizontally, by dual lugs.
Construction of suspension lug: Two eyebolts welded to body along the longitudinal axis of the bomb. The eyebolts are formed from bar steel, shaped in the form of a U, and then welded to the body.
Color and markings: Prior to 11 March, 1942, these bombs would have been painted yellow all over, with black manufacturer’s markings; since that date they have been painted olive drab with a one-inch yellow band around the nose and base and a 1/4 inch band around the center of gravity.
Material of tail: Sheet steel.
Tail construction: This type of tail consists of the following parts: (1) a cast-steel sleeve secured to the body of the bomb by a fin-locking nut; (2) four fins or vanes; and (3) internal box-type struts. One vane and one strut are pressed from one piece of metal, and the four pieces are welded to one another and to the sleeve.
Type of filling: (1) 50/50 Amatol. Since Amatol is hygroscopic, TNT surrounds are placed around the nose and tail booster sleeves to seal the Amatol from moisture: (2) 100% TNT, which will be stencilled on the bomb. All of this series except the 100-pound M30 contain two built in Auxiliary Boosters M104. one in the nose and one in the tail, which contain tetryl.
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