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Offline Signals99

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Re: Missing Red Artillery Shell
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2013, 02:24:01 »
Sorry, drawn a blank on missing 500KG bomb. But point of interest re Borstal prison bombs. Part of the prison was used as an RN detention centre in WW2.

Prison volunteers helped recover Uxb from the dockyard and had the empty cases presented to the prison by a grateful RN?

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Re: Missing Red Artillery Shell
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2013, 20:00:49 »
Interesting to read about the missing bomb cases as we had 2 outside our TA drill hall at Dover. I, like Signals99, was in 590 BD (specialist) Sqd TAVR. We were in the seaplane sheds on the seafront and, at the time I joined, 1963, were 2 separate Sqds, 579 and 583, one in Dover and one in Rochester. We would amalgamate on some weekends and for the annual camp. They eventually disbanded the 2 and reformed as 590 still using both drill halls. Dover drill hall was closed at some stage, I will find out when at next REA branch as my mate stayed in for 25yrs and ended up as Sgt Major, and he may know where the Dover ones went. They may have gone back to Broadbridge Heath Camp, Horsham as that is where the JSBMD School was at the time. I have put a picture on here that just shows the ones outside the Dover hall, marked X, one was a 500Kg and one was, I believe, a 1000Kg. delboy.
PS. The picture is from a posting on KHF but I can`t remember who posted it so please accept my apologies if you recognise it.

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Re: Missing Red Artillery Shell
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2013, 08:51:24 »
Found a site with your Avatar on it the other day....... that could be the problem?  :)  :)  :)
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Re: Missing Red Artillery Shell
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2013, 21:53:28 »
It was in July last year, could you have forgotten?  :)

Ah.. that was a lifetime ago busyglen - so it could well have been me  - plus I couldn't spell collector properly so even more likely   :)

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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2013, 20:07:06 »
It was in July last year, could you have forgotten?  :)
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Re: Missing Red Artillery Shell
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2013, 19:07:07 »
Could it be one of these - looks like a collected has bagged it!   :)


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1324/615243318_277a5c9421.jpg

Very strange - the post above shows as posted by me - but it wasn't - how could that happen???   :)

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Re: Missing Red Artillery Shell
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2013, 13:43:06 »
My apologies for wrong information re bomb at Fort Clarence, it was not a 250 kg bomb but, are you ready for this, it was a 500 kg thin wall transverse fused general purpose demolition bomb.
It came from the Bomb Disposal training depot at Horsham. I'm told it may have come from a captured lot of Luftwaffe bombs imported after the war for training, not too sure on that information?  But that's what it was. Will try to establish its whereabouts and let you know.

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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2013, 06:32:49 »
Thanks Signals99, that gives me something else to look up -  'German blast bombs'. Any idea how we got it or where it came from? Dug up in Rochester perhaps?  :)
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Re: Missing Red Artillery Shell
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2013, 00:14:12 »
In answer to your question re artillery shell - it was a250 kg WW2 German blast bomb. At one time there were a couple outside the then Borstal Institute used as markers for the car park edge.
Sorry I don't know what happend to them. My information re the bombs was gaind as a member of 590 EOD team Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve Bomb Disposa,l who used the drill hall for some time.

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Re: Missing Red Artillery Shell
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2012, 22:27:53 »
Could it be one of these - looks like a collector has bagged it!   :)


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1324/615243318_277a5c9421.jpg

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Re: Missing Red Artillery Shell
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2012, 09:34:52 »
No idea when or where it went but I'm sure it was there way after 60s.

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Missing Red Artillery Shell
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2012, 12:56:07 »
Hi
Any one know what happened to that red artillery shell that was displayed next door to fort Clarence in Rochester? I recently found a round circle in the cement where it once sat and a splodge of red paint on the wall which I suspect is the remains of a repainting job but no shell. It was there in the 60s.

 

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