“So that’s where I left it”: 1000lb bomb found in North Sea

Now that’s a catch!

The Kennett War Blog

Some 70 years ago, an RAF bombardier jettisoned an unused thousand-pounder from his aircraft somewhere over the North Sea. Yesterday, a trawler unexpectedly fetched up the undetonated weapon from the seabed where it has sat undisturbed for the past seven decades.

The ordinance, classified in the rather matter-of-fact manner of the “1,000lb General Purpose Bomb”, was caught up in what would have otherwise been a regular fishing haul, but this took a sudden and expected turn when the crew of the vessel realised what they had retrieved. The Navy and RNLI were promptly called to action to deal with the ship’s “catch”, which was then dumped safely offshore and detonated in a controlled explosion.

Best practice for RAF bombing operations in the Second World War would be, needless to say, to drop one’s payload over the target, utter the famous phrase “bombs gone!”, and return home in an aircraft safely disposed of…

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