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    There was a square charge (7 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches) with four magnets but it only weighed 5 pounds. I don't think it became a standard Engineer charge.

    Jock Lewes (SAS) devised a charge comprising a ration bag, PE, incendiary material, primer and dual ignition for the attack of stationary aircraft. Recipes varied but PE(including Black PE) was a stock item albeit in short supply and effectively reserved for SF. There is a mention of the Lewes Bomb (so called) in an official publication:

    Royal Engineers Training Memorandum No 3, 1942. Lewes is not mentioned and Nobels 808 substitutes for PE2/3/3A .
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    Quote Originally Posted by MINENAZ16 View Post
    Hello Bonnex,
    The same from IWM :

    Attachment 146201
    Yes, it is a very nice example of the charge with a flotation bag. The charge itself - the brass box plus AC Delay - was known as a Hornbill charge. A brass harness added either magnets(two sorts) to the charge or provided nail-gun sockets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnex View Post
    Yes, it is a very nice example of the charge with a flotation bag. The charge itself - the brass box plus AC Delay - was known as a Hornbill charge. A brass harness added either magnets(two sorts) to the charge or provided nail-gun sockets.
    I wonder if that was named after SRD's Operation HORNBILL, which later morphed into the disastrous second raid on Singapore Harbour, code-named Operation RIMAU? RIMAU was planned as a British SOE Force 136 operating using SRD personnel.

    From the very start HORNBILL/RIMAU had planned to use SBs to attack the targets with limpets and indeed SBs were on the captured junk, the "Mustika" when the RIMAU party were compromised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specopsaust View Post
    I wonder if that was named after SRD's Operation HORNBILL, […].
    Yes, I believe that to be correct. Its formal 'VOCAB' name became Charge, Demolition, MSC, Mk I and, when combined with a 'Harness, Magnetic, for Charge, Demolition, MSC, Mk I' it became
    Charge, Demolition, MSC, Mk I, Magnetic. A nail gun version was available and the buoyancy aid could be added to any of the combinations.
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