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    8.5lb practice bomb

    G'day All,
    I recently acquired one of these 8.5lb practice bombs that has been chromed and made into a lamp.

    one of the markings has me a bit confused as to it's meaning.
    The markings on the tail are;

    8 1/2lb
    IM
    MF
    1939.

    Dunno what the "IM" is.

    TIA
    Stu
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    I also have two 8 1/2lb practice bombs painted white. My markings are on the unscrewed tail base where the primer fits.
    I have OO with a line between the O's so maybe PP back-to-front? 41.
    The other is MHK joined with a c above the H bar and & below it /4. Also stamped on the head.
    I have no idea on the IM and MF on yours. Does not seem MF factory that made small arms ammo. I await the experts too. Ron.

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    I have lots of MF made artillery cases but have no records of them making bombs. Please advise if MF did make bombs.

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    MHK - McKenzie & Holland (Australia) Pty., Ltd., 41-59 Stephenson Street and 9-9A Sutton Street, South Kingsville, Hobsons Bay City, Melbourne also Brisbane

    Manufacturers of railway signal equipment. Eventually became part of Westinghouse Brake (Australia) Pty Ltd.

    TimG

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    The local Railway workshops made practice bombs in NZ during the war, so a railway signal manufacturer would likely have been utilised for similar, with foundry, machining and sheet fabrication workshops.

    A lot of the local (NZ)production was actually for a sort of lend/lease pool of ordnance arranged by the British, some of the local production was earmarked for the India/Burma theatre.

 

 

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