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Re: Earthquake Bombs
« Reply #30 on: January 21, 2016, 09:20:44 am »
You can almost hear the aircraft's sigh of relief in that pic.  ;D :lol:
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Re: Earthquake Bombs
« Reply #31 on: January 21, 2016, 11:15:30 am »
You can almost hear the aircraft's sigh of relief in that pic.  ;D :lol:

I remember reading somewhere (but I can't remember where) a description of a Lancaster releasing a Grand Slam viewed from an accompanying aircraft.  As the load came off the carrier aircraft, the wings were said to have flexed visibly. The quote " You could see the old dear flapping her wings in relief" sticks in my mind. I wonder by how many inches (feet???) the wingtips were deflected when carrying  a Grand Slam load?
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Re: Earthquake Bombs
« Reply #32 on: January 30, 2016, 01:33:05 pm »
Well it lost 22,000 pounds which is a significant portion of the normal weight of a Lancaster
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Re: Earthquake Bombs
« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2016, 01:57:38 pm »
My Dad (who served in 617 Sqn. when they were using these bombs) told me he talked to a rear gunner one time after they had got back from a mission about what happens when the bomb is released. The gunner said it was like suddenly going upwards in an express elevator (lift) and he had a hard time keeping his lunch down.
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