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Waldo.Pepper
07-18-2006, 09:10 PM
Looking for information... site/book anything. I am reading Reap the Whirlwind and on page 250 it mentions some details. In 1944 alone Bomber Command laid 40000 mines. It mentions that they were battery powered and would have a life time of nine months, although they were known to detonate three years later as well.

I have found some information on the German mines but almost nothing on Allied mines.

Would have been nice to have these for Il2, and nicer still for BOB.

Thanks.

BfHeFwMe
07-18-2006, 10:37 PM
Don't have time to go through the whole catalogue, but betting this stuff is right up your alley. I do know it has Army water deployed mines and mine clearing equipment, along with everything else they ever used in WWII.

Cat 1 (http://carlisle-www.army.mil/cgi-bin/usamhi/DL/showdoc.pl?docnum=710)
Cat 2 (http://carlisle-www.army.mil/cgi-bin/usamhi/DL/showdoc.pl?docnum=711)

Cat 3 (http://carlisle-www.army.mil/cgi-bin/usamhi/DL/showdoc.pl?docnum=712)

You may want to try Catalogue 2 first, I know that one has mine stuff for sure. Warning, big download, but chock full of vital info, such as all US ArmyAir rocket tubes issued during the war were dropable. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

whiteladder
07-19-2006, 02:11 AM
Flypast had a really good article about bomber commands mining campaign a couple of years ago, I will check in the library at work next week and see if I can scan it in.

Waldo.Pepper
07-19-2006, 01:12 PM
Originally posted by whiteladder:
Flypast had a really good article about bomber commands mining campaign a couple of years ago, I will check in the library at work next week and see if I can scan it in.

That would be nice - Thanks Whiteladder. Also thanks to BfHeFwMe - those are interesting pdf's all right. I saved them and some others from that sight. Not quite what I am after but they are rather a goldmine for other obscure things. I found it terribly interesting that they did not mention a single radio or radar in all three of the volumes.

Re the dropping of the rocket tubes - while it was possible it was not common/best practice to drop them (IMHO). I belieive that the situation was similar to drop tanks on carrier based planes. If at all possible retain them.

hop2002
07-19-2006, 02:58 PM
There's a brief description of the types, and monthly mine laying sortie breakdowns, at http://www.lancaster-archive.com/bc-main1.htm

StellarRat
07-19-2006, 03:12 PM
It is worthy to note that the US determined that aerial mines were at least as effective as submarines for destroying or degrading enemy merchant shipping and far less costly. Unfortunately this study was not done until after the war was over. During the Vietnam War a short mine campaign (part of Linebacker II I think) completely shutdown Haiphong harbor effectively stopping all Russian resupply of the NVA. One wonders why this was not done sooner???

Beaufort-RAF
07-21-2006, 05:31 AM
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