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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #630 on: April 27, 2022, 03:16:44 PM »

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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #631 on: April 27, 2022, 06:23:59 PM »
The largest non nuclear weapon of WW2 was placed on display in front of RAF Scampton’s main gate. 15 years after it had been proudly placed on display, it was discovered to be still fully packed with its 6.5 tons of explosives.

The Grand Slam was a 22,000 lb earthquake bomb used by RAF Bomber Command against strategic targets during the Second World War. It was the most powerful non-atomic bomb used in the war.

Although many articles have been written about this incident, most fail to mention that the bomb was in fact "live" but not armed. The bomb would have only been armed prior to loading on a Lancaster. Although less likely to detonate unexpectedly, it is not advisable to place 6.5 tons of explosives on public display...

Had the bomb guarding the gate at RAF Scampton, known as "10 ton Tess" gone off, the entire RAF base , as well as most of the northern part of the City of Lincoln, would have been destroyed.



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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #632 on: April 27, 2022, 06:27:50 PM »
I dimly recall that the Flying Tigers rarely if ever combatted Zeros.  That could be wrong.

Obviously the F-6F eliminated most Zero advantages.
I can't find it off-hand, but I read somewhere that Chennault's Flying Tigers had encountered enough Zeros such that they had a pretty good idea of their characteristics and that Chennault had reported same back to higher-ups in the US but it basically got lost in the bureaucracy in part because Chennault was Army and it was the Navy that actually needed the information.  

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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #633 on: April 27, 2022, 06:30:01 PM »

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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #634 on: April 27, 2022, 06:30:52 PM »
My Dad was radar operator on a B-24 in the SWPOA.  He told me his radar could be slaved to the bomb release and when a certain line on his scope crossed center, the bombs would be released in a certain sequence against enemy shipping at night.  It sounded pretty advanced to me.
I'm guessing that was pretty late in the war?

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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #635 on: April 27, 2022, 06:31:21 PM »
Union Army under Sherman deploys F-14s in first ground attack missions around Atlanta 1864.

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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #636 on: April 27, 2022, 06:36:21 PM »
I'm guessing that was pretty late in the war?
It was 1943-1944, so pretty early.  He flew anti-sub missions out of Langley before they deployed.  Their first base was Guadalcanal.

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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #637 on: April 27, 2022, 06:49:36 PM »


My Dad and the crew.  They were all killed in the crash save three.  My Dad was the oldest of the bunch at 25-6.  His shirt is hanging on the plane to disguise a radar antenna that could not be photographed.  


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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #638 on: April 27, 2022, 07:22:47 PM »
Union Army under Sherman deploys F-14s in first ground attack missions around Atlanta 1864.
Sherman could have used those F-14s
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« Reply #639 on: April 27, 2022, 08:21:39 PM »
Union Army under Sherman deploys F-14s in first ground attack missions around Atlanta 1864.

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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #640 on: April 27, 2022, 08:26:52 PM »
Sherman could have used those F-14s
Bragg/Johnson/Hood could have used them more
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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #641 on: April 28, 2022, 07:42:45 AM »
This was a heckuva bomb in its day.

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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #642 on: April 28, 2022, 08:40:57 AM »
On the morning of September 20, 1863, the men of the 42nd Indiana rushed up LaFayette Road, and filed into line on the east side of McDonald Field, across from where the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center now stands, and faced into the woods mere moments before their line was overwhelmed by the advance of General John C. Breckinridge's Confederate division.
Fifty-three men of the 42nd were captured and soon found their way into the Confederate prison system, initially being sent to Danville, Virginia, then being transferred to Andersonville when it opened in early 1864. Seventeen members of Company A, from Vanderburg County, Indiana, among them.  However, over the next few months that number dwindled as Andersonville proved to be the deadliest acreage of the American Civil War, taking six of Company A.  With the end of the war, the three survivors found themselves in Vicksburg, Mississippi, being packed aboard the Steamboat Sultana with around 2,100 recently released POWs.
The men were cramped for space as the boat was designed to hold only 376 people. Grossly overpacked, the ship departed Vicksburg on the night of April 24. Around 2 am, on April 27, just a short distance north of Memphis, Tennessee, the overstrained boilers exploded, turning the ship into a roaring inferno. It became the worst maritime disaster in American History and second worst explosion (only the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11 resulted in more deaths). One thousand seven hundred men died as a result.
Of the Company A men, only Private William McFarland survived. He later recounted, "I seemed to be dreaming and could hear some one saying, 'there isn't any skin left on their bodies.'  I awoke with a start and the next moment the boat was on fire and all was as light as day.  The wildest confusion followed.  Some spring into the river at once, others were killed, and I could fear the groans of the dying above the roar of the flames...I was on the hurricane deck, clear aft.  This part of the boat was jammed with me.  I saw the pilot house and hundreds of them sink through the roof into the flames, at which juncture I sprang overboard into the river." 


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Re: OT - Weird History
« Reply #643 on: April 28, 2022, 10:50:11 AM »
Bragg/Johnson/Hood could have used them more
I was thinking the same thing.  The battle worked out pretty well for General Sherman without any F14's.  

 

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