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    Bofors fuze No. 251 II maker

    Hi All, a request for makers ID of Bofors fuze No.251 II being MC over V as per pic.
    Thanks, regards Ozzi.
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    Think it's a Mk III fuze. Ryan asked me also.
    Now that I'm home I have checked and these are definitely Australian as I've got a couple. They are marked MC over V '43 and filled MS 4/43. They are fitted to GMH-W projectiles.
    I wonder if MC Finsbury had a subcontractor in Victoria?

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    Howdy Darkman, yes same item from same person! He didn't supply a very good pic of the filling code, only this pic of the manufacturer stamp. I was wondering if MC made fuzes? Why do you think MC had a subcontractor in Vic? Thanks Mate, regards Ozzi.

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    Hi Ozzi, apparently this fuze hasn't been filled so it has no filler code.
    MC Finsbury definitely made fuzes. I have documentation that specifies this and also refer to the attached drawing of the Finsbury site during WW2 that details buildings 25 and 26 - Fuse factories No. 1 & 2. I am wondering if MC/V was the standard marking for fuzes made at Finsbury (although I think I have, or have seen fuzes marked just MC), but adding a dash or line to a fuze code usually means a location. That's why I think it may have been a subcontractor and/or possibly in Victoria. Just another thought - did Victor Harbour have any WW2 munitions manufacturing during WW2?
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    Is there any possibility that it's not MC/V but either MCD/V or MCI/V?

    GMHW/S I have as Holdens Motor Body Builders, Wardville, Australia.

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    Hi Tim, it's definitely only MC over V only. GMH-W was General Motors Holden's, Woodville, South Australia (They started as Holden's Motor Body Builders). During the war GMH made 2 pdr AT guns, Bofors projectiles, C219 ammo boxes and I'm sure many other things.

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    I thought there was something about that GM.

    I have some old manuscript notes that show two MC listings for Victoria - McD/V I think it's McDarwin (in Carlton?) or similar, there's no trace in my 1937 Cook's Directory. The other is McI/V, which I've identified as John McIlwraith and Co., who were a very large plumbing fittings company. A lot of British plumbing fitting companies turned their hand to fuze manufacture during the wars. It is more than possible that the listings I have are only partially correct - you've got GMH-W (more than likely stamped on a shell) I've got GMHW/S scribbled on a piece of paper.

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    A pic of a GMH/W 40mm Bofors Proj. FYI. Regards Ozzi.
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    The GMH Woodville plant also made 6pdr 7cwt guns as well as 20mm POLSTEN guns. I will find a pic showing what looks like 2pdr Vickers shell bodies being made at that plant.
    I wonder where the production records & figures went for the MC plant?
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    I have never heard of Victor Harbour having a ammo manufacturing facility of any description, too small a place, more of a tourist destination by the sea.

 

 

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