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#1 xylstra

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 06:05 AM

Now remember what your mum always told you about the dangers of playing with fireworks!
     ........... but then you grew-up and joined the air-force (funny how the pilot selectors failed to notice the missing fingers on your right hand ....Hmmm) - so now you get to play with REALLY big fireworks that make an even bigger BANG!
    God knows, there is no shortage of information describing the whole 'supermarket' of munition types available so the inquisitive mind is easily satisfied. Yet there is one aspect of the 'BIG BANG' that is almost never heard of, namely the Demolition/Sabotage/Booby-Trap explosive charge, usually deployed in the event of a crash or forced landing in enemy territory to prevent the aircraft or various pieces of its intelligence-sensitive equipment from being captured.
    So, the purpose of this post is to provoke discussion of the topic, be it technical descriptions of the munition types, deployment procedures or standing orders, anecdotal stories - amusing or serious, historical or recent, etc, etc.....
    I myself, remember reading an account of the allied capture of German WWII aircraft and the technical recovery/investigation teams subsequently finding explosive demolition charges concealed in the wings - yikes!
   To give you something to ponder have a look at the equipment schedule for the Spitfire which includes one of said explosive charges (item #20) - very interesting.....

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#2 Ricky

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 09:19 AM

Do I remember correctly that H2S had a self destruct built in?

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 11:08 AM

the Germans recovered one from a wreck in Holland 'the Rotterdam apparatus'. And this was an experimental version before it had entered full service ... and it gave away the anti-U-boat centimetric radar







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