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    Wilmington OVMS Find #2, MKIII 51.5lb Demo Bomb

    Well, this one tickles me to death. I thought I had found a WWI 100 lb practice bomb, but I looked through some of the old posts here and found out that this is a 51.5 lb MKIII Demolition Bomb. 36" long by 6" diameter. I'll have to repair one of the fins since the spotwelds were broken and maybe re-paint back to WWI olive drab and do the black centerline stripe. I bought this and the 4.7" at, what I think, were great prices. And here I was thinking of not going today..

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    Now I find a 1920 publication saying it's a 50lb MKI Demolition Bomb, formerly known as the High Capacity Drop Bomb, MK III. Mabe I should paint it purple...
    Last edited by bacarnal; 16th November 2019 at 03:58 PM.
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    50lbs MkIII - the Mk III (=50lbs) was produced in 1918 and manufactured mainly by A.O. Smith, but also by the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company, and by Hale and Kilburn.
    The initial production has a weight of 51.5 lbs, a length of 36 in and a diameter of 6 in
    It was Olive drab stenciled in black with 1 in black band at the center of gravity
    Later production has a weight of 49 lbs, a length of 38 in and a diameter of 4.7 in
    It may have been overall dull Yellow (= high explosive) [I am not fully sure that the yellow paint for high-explosive was adopted while this bomb was still in service - and as it was not kept among the "limited standard" war reserve, I am quite suspicious about reconstructions as on this photograph showing this bomb in overall yellow paint)

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    In the 1930s the denomination MkIII stopped designing the 50lbs demo bomb and from now on designed the new series of demo bombs bombs (100, 300, 600, 1100 lbs)
    BTW for the best of my knowledge, the MkI was the original 50lbs Gros-Andreau produced in France for the US expeditionary force.
    Last edited by Dreamk; 16th November 2019 at 07:21 PM.

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    Thanks, Dreamk. OD it is, but I was thinking about the purple since the "The Bomb was otherwise known as...", and could be used as "Purple Rain". Weak attempt at rock humor... Thanks, again.
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