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    Alcohol in 500 lb GP bomb??

    Hi

    One of my friends found recently an strange (for me) info about this.

    https://www.warhistoryonline.com/gue...on-yamato.html

    The text is about VF-17 "Jolly Roger" action against Japan battleship Yamato.

    something went wrong. The 500 lb. general-purpose bombs the fighters were ordered to carry were not ready! Some of their alcohol accelerant had been nefariously siphoned off by men of the crew the night before! The alcohol was much prized by certain members of the ship.
    I'm pretty sure that HE bombs doesn't contain any alcohol. But maybe it is a fuse component? E.g. electrolyte solver in VT fuse? Have you any info about this "alcohol problem"?

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    You got me. Never heard of a US 500lb GP HE bomb (nor any other that I can recall) having alcohol in it, the booster, or the fuzing. I could be wrong, but to me it sounds like BS.
    ALL ORDNANCE SHOWN BY ME HAS BEEN INERTED AND HAS NO LIVE FILLERS.

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    As a matter of fact the delay fuzes used on WW2 US GP bombs (AN-M123A1, AN-M124A1, AN-M125A1) contained an alcohol-acetone solution that dissolved celluloid disks. But I am quite doubtful about the components of this solution being available outside the ordnance labs that prepared these fuzes, far away, on US mainland.
    This story needs to "be taken with caution"....to say the least.

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    Thanks for answers. Yes, I know about AN-M123 etc. But I have completely no idea why would someone drop bombs witch such fuzes against ship at the sea??? For me it's nonsense...

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    Dream, I forgot about the M123 series. Thanks. Otherwise, I think it's hype to add "color" to the story, IMHO.
    ALL ORDNANCE SHOWN BY ME HAS BEEN INERTED AND HAS NO LIVE FILLERS.

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    The US Mk13 Aircraft Torpedo was fuelled by alcohol, which was frequently siphoned off to be consumed by the crew.

    Perhaps the author got confused.
    Last edited by glevum; 6th November 2019 at 12:34 PM.

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