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Robert (Bob, BC) Cornwell  Story - Pre RAAF Pt 1  


Robert (Bob, BC) Cornwell  Story - Pre RAAF Pt 2


Robert (Bob, BC) Cornwell Story RAAF Pt 3


The Can


Fire Power Display


The Piano Story


Kiwi Version of the Panio Story 


Update to the Piano Story 


Gunnies On Tour


Minute to RAAF Medical 



Dutson Airweapons Range - As Remembered by Russ King


The Mug Story by Dicky Hails (Link to 32 Armament Fitter Course Page) 



 A Blast Fom the Past A223174 - D.F. (Fred) Neville Orgionally posted under Gunnie News 2001



Gunnie Legends 1CAMD / ICR 1958 - 1996



Happenings, Yarns, Stories and Gunnie Myths - Alan Ely's Contribution



Link to John Clarkson's book - Service Tale and Other War Stories (copyright 2006)

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The links below are the "message lists" from the old Gunnies site that were used before the first forum came into being. While the webmaster sorts out the best location fo them they are going to live here(any suggestions please let him know)


Gunnies Book Nov 1999 to Dec 2000

Gunnies Book Jan 2001 to Dec 2002

Gunnies Book Jan 2003 to Aug 2003




Magazine cut-out that was printed in the WWII era RAAF "Wings" magazine, for February 29th, 1944. - Submitted by Reg Adkins




Pool Pictures
(undecided location)


Dorcas St South Melbourne Sergeants Mess
(Ken Edwards)


Leave Pass 1946
(Ken Bickham


25 Lb Bomb for Sale
at Tyabb Antiques $75
No Joke!




  (Paul Falconer-West)




L to R: 
Paul Falconer-West, Roger Weeks, Steve McClenahan


"On the Tiger Moth's 70th birthday Roger, myself (Paul Faconer-West) and Steve McClenahan were photographed with the club's VH-FAS(A17-37) on the RACWA flight line at Jandakot Airport. This was the first flight of the day for TIGER 37 and a privilege for me to share it with my Tiger Moth mentor."

"This time a closer one showing how I have aged. Still providing the ladies with a unique experience. This was Joyce Hall's maiden flight in a Tiger Moth. In WWII, her mother serviced Tiger Moths whilst a WRAF in Wales, and her late father had been an RAF Armourer." 







Sign Still at Laverton
from Rod Smith
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Graffiti ?








High Range Townsville Mk 82 EOD
(Tim Walk)

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F 111 with 12 x 500Lb bombs on wing pylons Townsville 1976
(Rod Farquhar)
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Crew Module Ohakea NZ 1980's
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Bill Colgrave (I think) inspecting the navigators Handiwork Ohakea NZ early 80's






We were on an exercise at Ohakea, the aircraft was in a pairs take off for the last sortie of the exercise. It was raining (surprise) and as the nose wheel started to lift off it hit a huge puddle of water on the runway, throwing water down both intakes and snuffing both engines. The arrestor gear was not rigged (I doubt it would have stopped an F 111 anyway) and they hit the end of the runway at about 95 knots. There was no over run just the prospect of careering down a hill and into a sheep paddock. The pilot, Mark Kelly was trying to stop the aircraft so the navigator, Al Kerr pulled the handle.

As you can see from the photo the module did not land far away from the burning fuselage. I was kept back for the post ejection evaluation and also crew module and aircraft recovery. It was a prick of a job because of the soft terrain. We had to pump about 20 000 pound of fuel by hand out of the wing and saddle tanks into 44 gallon drums before doing anything else. A tank recovery vehicle was then used to get it out.


Mig 29 Ejection
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Things You Shouldn't Drop
(Fred Howie)




Hey Who Fired That Sidewinder!
"Stop doing that" Another use for 







Sabres in Rockhampton 1969
(Steve Jeffries)


Steve Jeffries
Steve with Sumpy
Mauled by Tiger
These pictures were taken in '69 when we took a group of Sabres from 2(F)OCU Williamtown to Rockhampton. It was the first time jet fighters had been to "Rockie". We spent two weeks there and had a ball.

Hawks Darts Club Laverton
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John Monkhouse

Peter Grant
With his favourite 30mm Aden Gun
After a complete rebuild in SA Aviation Museum 2001

He is in the process of drafting a history of A74-974 which will be dispatched on completion

Removing propellant from Matra R530 rocket motor
 at 1CAMD Proof Yard,1981.

Standing at back L to R: Dan Reavey (Armo), Gary Evans, Barry Wagenfeller. 
Standing at rocket motor L to R: Ed English, Doug Lennox, Col Hill.

Tuggeranong Air Weapons Range
On 8Nov88 SQNLDR Barry Linard O318780, AERO, 28SQN and his Bombardier SQNLDR
Paul Falconer-West O46705, ARM, WEAPENG4-AF of Air Force Office flew Tiger Moth VH-IHU(A17-434) for 'Lolly Bomb Drops' at the Urambi and Trinity Schools in the Tuggeranong Valley. On their return to the Tiger Moth's base at Tralee Station(south of RAAF Base Fairbairn under the approach to Runway 30) they flew abeam the former Practice Air Weapons Range beside the Tuggeranong Shopping Centre. In the first photo the pond of water beside the Tiger Moth strut is the approximate centre of the former Air Weapons Range. In the second photo the pond is in the centre, below the present suburb of Monash. The range, 10 nautical miles south-west of RAAF Fairbairn, was used by RAAF, RAF and Dutch Air Force aircraft stationed at the base during World War II.(Photos were taken by myself from the front cockpit of the Tiger Moth which at that time was owned by Mr Denis Sargent). 

(Slim Whitman)

Blue Saunders and Ron Conway at a Piss Up, 1975.


Sergeants Mess Dorcas St South Melbourne
(Ken Edwards Home)



Was purchased on the 16 June 1954 by the members with the assistance from the other Sergeants Messes in the service.

The original building was replaced in 1981 utilizing the original bricks for the Feature Wall and Bar. It is the the only Sergeants Mess wholly owned by the members.

This is a copy of a label from Commemorative Issue Port.
Bottled by St Anne's Vineyard Myrniong, Victoria
(Ken Edwards polished off the contents years ago)



Nigerian Ammunition Dump
("nice one, chaps")
Sent in by Ron Furze
Power Point File (about 1 mbyte) 
(click here)
How Not to Solve a Dangerous Problem
"For those not in the know - on 27 Jan 02 the Ikeja Military Cantonement, including a large ammo compound, experienced a series of huge explosions, probably started by fire in a nearby market. In the resultant carnage and ensuing panic hundreds were killed. The UK was asked for help and sent a recce team to survey the damage."

No 5 Bomb Disposal Unit
New Guinea WWII
"Allan William Seymour"

Article in the DT Nov 26 2005
(Bill Altmann)

30 Years Ago
(Tex Williams)

Flight Lieutenant G.A.B. Reynolds and Flight Sergeant S.D. Williams, 
bomb disposal experts from NO. 1 Central Ammunition Depot Kingswood, 
travelled to the island of Nauru to dispose of six pieces of 
World War II explosive ordnance.

Nauru Bomb
Disposal 1
Nauru 2
Nauru 3
Nauru 4

The First Bomb Recovery Shaft
sunk at Evans Head by "Ammunition Disposal Flight 29 Nov 1967
(Bill Altmann)

Shagger Read, Dick Sharpe, Bill Altmann, Kev Gehric

The Tuggeranong Valley Bomb disposal project 
(Bill Altmann)

77 Sqn UXB's

Top:  Martin Mohr with UXB
Bottom:  Noel Peterson and Mick Long with UXB 

Morna Point Range Clearance
by Hal Webber

Rattle Snake Island
(Hal Webber)

George 3P

Bomb Demolition Kingswood 1981-82
IED Course
(Don Felsch)

Don Felsch with bomb Left top: Grassy Hopper, ? ,? , ?

Explosive Trial recently conducted at Woomera by DSTO
Click here to go to DSTO site

Loading of 8" high explosive projectiles by 
FSGT Mick Avenel, 20 September 2002.

The 27-tonne blast, 20 September 2002.


Demolition Warnbro WA 1986
(Jock Lawrie)

Paul McGuiness, Mick Read, Jock Lawrie and Ken Vearing after demolition of 500lb bomb at Warnbro WA 1986

Learmonth Demolition 1987

Ken Vearing and Jock Lawrie taken at Learmonth 1987 after a small a small demolition job


Brian Cusack's Album
of 3/89 EOD


No. 3/89 EOD course 12 Jul to 25 Jul 89  (I stand to be corrected on the course but I'm sure its the EOD course before I did the EIS course).  We were unable to do all the demolition at 1CAMD so had to go to the ARMY Stores Depot at Marangaroo, near Lithgow. 
Bloody cold place with fibro huts and no heating.  However the worse part of the trip was having to put up with Rod (Bung) Owen getting about nude first thing in the morning. 
The EOD instructors were always worried about the demolition affecting the trout farm downstream/downhill of the range. 
"You can't have too much PE4"


Paul McNamara's Iraq Album (New Years Eve) 2003

Paul's sojourn on "The Big Wide Beech" (Iraq) playing with toys that can bite




 BD Catalogue

Order Form

EOD have put together this array of items that you can purchase!

Download the Catalogue HERE 
(This is a MS Powerpoint file 673kb) if you don't have this program




No 5 Bomb Disposal Unit
New Guinea WWII
"Allan William Seymour"

Article in the DT Nov 26 2005
(Bill Altmann)

This is my father, Allan William Seyrnour, some miles out of Port Moresby during World War II.  He was Officer Commanding RAAF Bomb Disposal Unit No 5. His left thumb is bandaged and the end of his index finger is missing. This is because while he was checking a Japanese detonator to record it's design, it exploded. It happened in August 1943. 
Dad used his skills as a draftsman in researching the enemy's weaponry. Every piece of Japanese armament that came his way was dismantled photographed and recorded. 
He produced volumes of information on the delousing of Japanese armaments. Dad was born at Chatswood in 1907 and was raised at Quakers Hat Bay (Mosman) with three younger siblings. He became a fitter and turner, then a stockman and after the war he returned to engineering at Willoughby Council. He enjoyed physical work and in 1963 took up farming into his eighties. He died in 1994.







 The Tuggeranong Valley Bomb disposal project 


(Bill Altmann)

From RAAF News July 1973)
The Tuggeranong Valley Bomb disposal project 

is discussed by some of the personnel involved in the task of recovering thousands of practice bombs still believed to be embedded in the soil.

They are (from left): W.OFF R. Manners, of St. Mary's, Sydney; Cpl P. J. McGuiness, of Canberra; LAC M. McLaughin, of Marubra, Sydney (sitting on the excavator); LAC P. Churchward, of Brisbane; and Flg Off Bill Mayne, of Strathfield, Sydney. LAC Churchward holds an old practice bomb in one hand, and operates the Forster Locator with the other. Cpl McGuinness (second left) was in Canberra during the war years when Australian, Dutch and American pilots dropped thousands of practice bombs on Tuggeranong Valley.


Tuggeranong Tent Club

L to R Back: Bill Altmann, Rob Donaldson(5ACS), Bruce Richardson, Keith Davis, Brian Dalziel, Adrian Spencer.
L to R Front: Phil Goodall, Peter Churchward (D), John Clarkson, Reg Manners (D), Tex Clark (5ACS), Joug Kvedaras
Missing: Bill Mayne, Peter McGuiness (D), Mal McLaughlin (5ACS), Gary Baker (5ACS)



Some of the items for disposal




Tuggeranong HQ









Tuggeranong Tent Club

L to R Back: Bill Altmann, Rob Donaldson(5ACS), Bruce Richardson, Keith Davis, Brian Dalziel, Adrian Spencer.
L to R Front: Phil Goodall, Peter Churchward (D), John Clarkson, Reg Manners (D), Tex Clark (5ACS), Joug Kvedaras
Missing: Bill Mayne, Peter McGuiness (D), Mal McLaughlin (5ACS), Gary Baker (5ACS)














 Morna Point Range Clearance


by Hal Webber

Weather picture is just that "The Weather". Dunes looking back to Newcastle, where the area to be cleared was.

The Dunes to be cleared

Mess Duties

Shows Ted Worth pot bashing in initial setup, which was a couple of tents for Mess Duties, and O'Nite guards to sleep in.




Transportables: Sleeping, Messing and workshop that arrived at long last. These were set-up in an open 'U' shape with sleeping rooms - 2 on RH side looking in. Mess area at end and w/shop unseen on RH side.










 Rattle Snake Island


Coral Cay in Halifax Bay nr Townsville.



Coral Cay in Halifax Bay nr Townsville.
Most likely used as target area WWII shows exposed filled ordnance on Coral Cay after the passing of a cyclone. Some turned out to be solid practice rounds as shown in 3. after a whack with PE. Size of shell shown by old type 2/way radio at 2. One shot shown with PE attached .... went off with a BIG BANG most likely HE at 5.   
Hole shown after shot fired, CPL George (three persons) Lewdanowski beside crater 6.  
(who said George never did anything?)






Brian Cusack's Demolition Album
Home Up
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?, ?, Gerry Musk, Phil Goodall, Mark Hull, Mike Case, Sqn Ldr Robertson
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Mark Hull, Gerry Musk, enjoying the snow
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Mark Hull, ?
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Mark Hull, Brian Cusack, ?
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You can never use too much PE4


No. 3/89 EOD course 12 Jul to 25 Jul 89  (I stand to be corrected on the course but I'm sure its the EOD course before I did the EIS course).  We were unable to do all the demolition at 1CAMD so had to go to the ARMY Stores Depot at Marangaroo, near Lithgow. 

Bloody cold place with fibro huts and no heating.  However the worse part of the trip was having to put up with Rod (Bung) Owen getting about nude first thing in the morning. 

The EOD instructors were always worried about the demolition affecting the trout farm downstream/downhill of the range.

Detailed Report

1. S/Sgt Watson and I, armed with binoculars and a telescope advanced behind the cover of a thick 8 ft brick wall to within 40-50 yds of the garage in order to RECCE the bomb.

2. Because of the angle of the wall and our position relative to the angle of the suspect car, we were sure that only a probable freak occurrence could endanger us.

3. I peered around the wall through the binoculars. S/Sgt Watson rested his telescope over my right shoulder.

4. The car that I was looking at vanished.

5. The probable freak occurrence referred to at 2. above occurred. A heavy high velocity piece of metal (which we later decided must have glanced off metal railings 10 yds in front of us, due to the angle of flight, the bottom of my flak jacket, spun me round and hit S/Sgt Watson.

6. After checking that I was uninjured, I turned my attention to S/Sgt Watson, who was making a noise remarkably similar to that of a stuck pig.

7, I ripped open his shirt and revealed a couple of scratches and a bruise under the bottom of his flak jacket.

8. On closer examination we found that the shrapnel had struck the top of his .380 holster (which he wears in an uncommon position, the muzzle pointing at his groin) and then hurtled off behind us.

9. When he opened his weapon whist examining it for damage, we found that the round in the chamber had fired. (This was confirmed by a hole in the bottom of the holster). The sound of the explosion had drowned the pistol shot. The shrapnel had hit the hammer though the holster.

10. We immediately counted our toes and found all present and correct. The bullet must have gone into the ground between us. 

11. Total injuries received: Sgt Barber 1 bruised hip; S/Sgt Watson, 1 bruised hip and scratches.

12. Lessons Learned:
  a. Expect the unexpected.
  b. Leave an empty chamber under the hammer.\
  c. It is useless for a fat S/Sgt to hind behind a thin Sgt.

13. Were we lucky? Or unlucky?





Paul McNamara (Macka) EO demolition-Irak
Home Up
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Spanish 5000lb bomb, Saddam didn't have the aircraft to deliver it.
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Aerial view of our camp before the US military set theirs up next to us.
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Armoured vehicle (South African) we were supposed to use for convoys. Wasn't used much due to poor fuel consumption & lack of 4WD.
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Blown bunker (German design) by US forces.
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Sunrise at our camp.
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Cliffs near our camp.
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Locals cleaning up destroyed bunker, note all the artillery rounds lying there.
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Iraq lizard, boy can they run. We would try to run them down & make pets out of them.
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UXO, M48213 USA cluster bomb, quite a few of these lying around.
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Set up demo shot in a maintenance shed, could not dig out rounds.
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Paul Mac with demo shot set up.
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Paul Mac at cliffs near our camp.
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Me in a dust storm at our base, Camp Duke, about 30k's out of An Najaf.






A Real Bumber
(Russ King)


Mick Newton's
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Airforce Law

77 Squadron Calendar 1985
(Martin Ducker)



Armament Badges
(Jock Lawrie)

They Won The Toss
(Geoff Goss)

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NZ Frigate+ NZ Army upgrade
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Bin Lager

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Cost Cuts Lead To This
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More Summer Bed Linen
(Tim Walk)
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Boat People
(Mick Boyle)

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I cannot understand the Australian Governments attitude to the Boat People and in its new Legislation which will effectively stop all Boat people from arriving in Australia.
There are some people who definitely should be allowed in especially if they have some good features and assets to offer.
Here is a example of some such poor boat people who clearly do have a good case
I am trying to raise a petition to the Prime Minister to try and get the law changed, would you sign my petition


SOB For Sure

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Quite often we ask ourselves hard to answer questions, like, What is a
sonofabitch? And we wax philosophic with metaphysical postulations,
incomplete aphorisms and inconsistent sophism that make one more and
more sure that the only true thing is that a picture is worth a thousand
In this photo, the guy on the right is a member of a bomb squad in midst
of a deactivation. The guy behind him, well, he's a sonofabitch.


The Taliban Getting their Dues


(Des Stark)

3D Artist?


What is an Armourer
(Jock snaffled this page off an RAF Site)
After the security of childhood. but before the insecurity of second childhood,  we find ...THE ARMOURER! 
Armourers are found everywhere, in bars, in debt, on leave in lieu, in bed and in trouble. An armourer is laziness with a deck of cards, a millionaire without a penny, bravery with a grin and a playboy without a girl..
An armourer is a composite creature he is as sly as a fox has the energy of a turtle, the appetite of an elephant. Tall stories of a Hans Christian, the sensitivity of a bear, the aspirations of a Casanova and when he wants something it's normally a day off.
His likes are ... women ... beer ... not necessarily in that order. His dislikes are answering letters, wearing uniform, superior officers, getting out of bed on a Monday morning, RAAF food and the day before payday.
No one can write so seldom yet think about it so often. No one can get so much out of receiving letters, civilian clothes or a copy of this month's Playboy.
An armourer is a magical creature. You can lock him out of your house but not your heart. You can take him off your mailing list, but not off your mind. 
He is your long distance lover, your bright-eyed bundle of worry and your dreams pale into insignificance when be returns and greets your with ... "HELLO I'M BACK!!!   DID YOU MISS ME?"


"A true story from a Father who is really a big kid at heart"
Don't try this
(This is in MsWord format)

download from above link

Rocket Scientist
(Geoff Goss Reckons it is TRUE)

"Big Fish Gets Hooked on PULAU BIDAN"
by the man himself, 
he reckons it is TRUE?
(George Shores)

"Curse Them Flaming Armourers"
an oldie from the "Meatbox Days"
(Graham Pickering)






Not the one referred to here.
This one is on display at RAF Lossiemouth

(Note the Airman on the left side of the bomb)

Apparently when Lincolnshire County Council were widening the road past RAF Scampton's main gate in about 1958, the 'gate guards' there had to be moved to make way for the new carriageway. Scampton was the WWII home of 617 Sqn, and said "gate guards" were a Lancaster...and a Grand Slam bomb.

When they went to lift the Grand Slam, thought for years to just be an empty casing, with an RAF 8 Ton Coles Crane, it wouldn't budge. "Oh, it must be filled with concrete" they said. Then somebody had a horrible thought .... No!..... Couldn't be? ... Not after all these years out here open to the public to climb over and be photographed sitting astride! .... Could it? .... Then everyone raced off to get the Station ARMO. He carefully scraped off many layers of paint and gingerly unscrewed the base plate.

Yes, you guessed it, live 1944 explosive filling! The beast was very gently lifted onto an RAF 'Queen Mary' low loader, using a much larger civvy crane (I often wonder what, if anything, they told the crane driver), then driven slowly under massive police escort to the coastal experimental range at Shoeburyness. There it was rigged for demolition, and when it 'high ordered', it proved in no uncertain terms to anyone within a ten mile radius that the filling was still very much alive!

Exhaustive investigations then took place, but nobody could find the long-gone 1944, 1945 or 1946 records which might have shown how a live 22,000 lb bomb became a gate guard for nearly the next decade and a half. Some safety distance calculations were done, however, about the effect of a Grand Slam detonating at ground level in the open. Apart from the entire RAF Station, most of the northern part of the City of Lincoln, including Lincoln Cathedral, which dates back to 1250, would have been flattened.

"Grand Slam"
Type Deep Penetration Bomb
Length 7.7 meter (26 feet 6 inches)
Diameter 1.17 meter (3 feet, 10 inches)
Tail Section length 4.11 meter (13 feet, 6 inches)
Weight 9,979 kg (22,000 lb)
Warhead 4,144 kg (9,135 lb) Torpex explosive *
Number used 41
The "Grand Slam" (Earthquake) bomb was of the same design as the Tallboy but larger and heavier weighing 9,979 kg (22,000 lb). The Grand Slam was first used on 14 March, 1945 when a force of Lancaster bombers led by Royal Air Force Squadron Leader C.C. Calder attacked the Bielefeld railway viaduct destroying two spans. In another attack against submarine pens (Bunker Valentin) near Bremen two Grand Slams penetrated 4,5 meters of reinforced concrete. 41 Grand Slam Bombs were dropped by the end of the war mainly against bridges and viaducts.

The "Grand Slam" bomb was the biggest bomb used in WWII at all.

* "Torpex" means Torpedo Explosive. It was originally used for torpedoes and therefore got this name.
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Picture 1 On these pictures you can see the size of the "Tall Boy" compared to the "Grand Slam" and their size related to a human being.
Picture 2
Picture 3 A "Grand Slam" leaves an Avro 683 Lancaster. " Phil Martin (DFC and Bar) was the pilot " [Pilots Log]
Picture 4 A 9,979 kg (22,000 lb) Grand Slam bomb on display. Note the man on the left side of the bomb.

The British "Tall Boy" was among the heaviest bombs of World War II. It was outweighed only by the almost ten-ton "Grand Slam" which was not used against naval targets. The Tirpitz was conquered by "Tall Boys".






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