British Cluster Projectile, 140 lb, No. 2 Mk 1

 

1394-183

Description

This cluster is designed to hold four 4.5-in. flares. The components of the cluster consist of a nose unit, four flat caps which replace the dome-shaped tail closing caps of the flares, a T-bar, a panel locating plate, a tail plate, two clamping bars, two panels, and a tail unit.

When the cluster projectile is assembled, the four flares are located between the nose unit and the panel locating plate, and the assembly is held together by the clamping bars. The tail plate is also retained in position by the clamping bars, and the tail unit is secured to the tail plate by a nut and washers fitted to one end of a tie rod, whose other end is screwed into the tail plate. The panels enclose the flares, and the T-bar, which positions the panel locating plate and the tail plate relative to the nose unit, carries a suspension lug by which the cluster projectile is attached to a bomb carrier.

Tail Unit No. 70 Mk I consists of a shortened tail cone, the base of which fits over the rim of the tail plate, and a tail strut secured to the tail cone by four fins. The tail unit is attached to the tail plate of the cluster by a tie-rod which passes down the center axis of the tail cone.

This cluster is designed for suspension in British aircraft only. A single suspension lug is fitted to the T-bar of the cluster.

In addition to normal stencilling in English, propaganda messages in German are stencilled in white paint on the sides of the panels.

See Also

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Source(s)

OP 1665, British Explosive Ordnance (1946)