Skip to comments.4,000-Pound, World War II Bomb Forces Mass Evacuation in Germany
Posted on 11/03/2013 3:20:47 PM PST by nickcarraway
German authorities safely defused a huge bomb left over from World War II after evacuating large parts of the western city of Dortmund on Sunday.
More than 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Dortmund as authorities prepared to take action following the bomb's discovery.
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This is a great time for Barry and Christie to get over there and walk through the town arm in arm. Barry can shake his Nobel “Peace” Prize medal over the bomb and then run around it three times in a clockwise direction. Magic!
If it weren’t for the war, these ingrates would be speaking German now.
The bomb outlived Bomber Harris.
I don't think 9/11 technically counts as our own airplanes were used as bombs.
Lucky bomb, he'd probably be ticked it didn't blow a bunch of Jerries to smithereens.
It think only if you count the Japanese balloon bombs.
Maybe during the Aleutian campaign during WW2. And then there were those balloon-bombs the Japanese experimented with . . . and supposedly the Nazis were working on a long-range bomber but never fielded it.
In addition to the balloon bombs mentioned Japan bombed the Oregon coast twice with bombs dropped from a plane assembled and launched from a submarine. They hoped to start forest fires that would terrorize the nation but didn’t take the soggy Oregon forest into proper consideration.
Nah...they’d probably be speaking Austrian.
I wouldn’t trust that thing even after they de-fuzed it.
If it hadn’t ‘sploded yet, it probly never will. But I could be wrong.
Good thing that would never happen here...
I never saw that show. I did like some of the other British PBS imports.
The 1942-45 RAF/USAAF urban redevelopment plan for Germany still producing results.
Special delivery—it’s a beumb.
I have to wonder, the threads had to be quite corroded after all this time. I would not want the job of getting an old possible armed fuse loose from the fuse well.
Isn’t that from a Quatermass film?
I think those British 4,000 pounders were used in conjunction with incendiaries. Incendiaries didn’t perform well against tile roofs and brick walls. The blockbuster would open up a large area of structures for the incendiaries to fall into and ignite the flammable rubble and exposed interiors of remaining structures.
Don’t spoil it Kroil it!
Yes, it’s the “UXB” at Hobbes End in Quartermass and the Pit (AKA Five Milllion Years to Earth)
That stuff is awesome.
...80% of Soviet males born in 1923 didn’t survive WWII
...12,000 heavy bombers were shot down in WWII
...Between 1939 and 1945 the Allies dropped 3.4 million tons of bombs... [avg] 27,700 tons of bombs a month
...Over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen were killed over Europe
On average 6600 American service men died per MONTH, during WWII (about 220 a day).
276,000 aircraft manufactured in the US .
43,000 planes lost overseas, including 23,000 in combat.
14,000 lost in the continental U.S.
The USA would be speaking German right now if the Obama Administration had been in power during those times, overseeing the planning of D-Day!
We’d have been beaten back at Normandy in spite of having the greatest fighting force on EARTH assembled against our enemies.
Obama is Clinton II, and all they touch is damned.
“Other than Pearl Harbor (and Hawaii wasn’t even a state at the time), has the United States ever had bombs dropped on it by enemy aircraft? ...”
Guam, the southernmost island of the Marianas chain (then a US territory under USN administration) was occupied, as was Wake Island.
Dutch Harbor (Aleutian Islands) came under air attack in 1942, just before Japanese forces occupied the islands of Attu and Kiska, further west along the chain.
Submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy shelled spots on the California coast, and a coast defense installation near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon.
Floatplanes launched from submarines may have attempted to strike targets along the west coast of CONUS and Canada, but the record isn’t clear about what actually happened.
Did they even make 4000 lb bombs?
Just like in the book...
Yes, and so much more...
Tallboy: 12,000 lbs ttl, 5,200 lbs explosive filler
Grand Slam: 22,000 lbs ttl, 9,136 lbs explosive filler
1) BMW Gmbh, conducts its board meetings in English.
2) The Japanese pilot who bombed Oregon from a aircraft assembled aboard a Japanese submarine offered his sword after the war: the sword is on display in an Oregon war museum.
It is a good thing this 4,000 pound bomb didn't produce urban redevelopment as abruptly as most of its kin.
Lots of bombs still to be found.
10 years ago or so a guy was killed working on the Autobahn. The were widening a strech of road and his construction vehicle set one off.
Took a tour in Exeter, England and the guide used those exact words to explain the reason for all the crappy new architecture.
We have had nukes dropped by friendly aircraft. One nuke was dropped near Savannah, GA and another in NC. Of course neither detonated.
June 20, 1942: a Japanese submarine, I-26, torpedoed a Canadian lumber ship off Cape Flattery and shelled a telegraph station on Vancouver Island. The next day it bombarded the naval base at Astoria, Oregon...three days later, Fort Stevens was shelled.
February 4, 1943: American P-40's strafe Japanese installations on Kiska, while five of Japan's bombers attacked American positions on Amchitka.
By November 1944, almost in a cruel and desperate afterthought to what seemed to be a lost cause, balloons launched from Japan and carrying explosive and incendiary bombs began to drift east on the jet stream to the United States. Once again, the goal was to start forest fires and wreak devastation. On December 6 after a "mysterious explosion" in Wyoming, officials found balloon parts and bomb casing fragments from what had been a 33 pound high explosive bomb. During the course of the next several months, Japan launched over 9,000 balloon bombs resulting in over 342 incidents registered throughout western United States and Canada. Oregon alone counted 45 balloon incidents. While they varied in size and design, many of the balloons measured about 100 feet in circumference and about 33 feet in diameter. The ingenious design helped them drift along the newly discovered fast moving jet stream at an average elevation of 30,000 feet.
The most tragic incident involving balloon bombs also found a place in history as yielding the only deaths due to enemy action on mainland America during World War II. The events unfolded on May 5, 1945 as a pastor and his wife took five children for a picnic on a beautiful spring day east of Bly. As Reverend Archie Mitchell parked the car, he heard his pregnant wife, Elsye, call out: "Look what I found, dear." One of the children tried to remove the balloon from a tree and triggered the bomb. The force of the blast immediately filled the air with dust, pine needles, twigs, branches, and dead logs. The mangled bodies of Elsye and the children were strewn around a crater that was three feet wide and one foot deep. Elsye lived briefly but most of the children died instantly.
I’d like to think my uncle dropped it, but it’s too big to have been dropped from a B-25. The Krauts killed him on his 23rd birthday in 1943.
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