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Dambuster bouncing 'bomb' found on UK beach

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A father and son's day out at the beach took an unusual turn when they uncovered a bomb.

James Crouch was with five-year-old Freddie in Reculver, near Minnis Bay, Kent when they came across the wartime Dambuster bouncing 'bomb'.

The prototype barrel-shaped Vickers type 464 bomb - code named Upkeep - is believed to have been dropped by an RAF Lancaster plane. 

It is believed it was dropped in the weeks before the epic 1943 night time raid in the heart of Nazi Germany on May 16 and 17.

The test runs were carried out by Guy Gibson and his 617 Squadron crews. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6043219/Father-four-year-old-son-Dambuster-bouncing-bomb-beach-75-years-dropped.html

 

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Dambusters expert confirms object found on Reculver beach was used before raid

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/herne-bay/news/bomb-found-on-beach-used-by-dambusters-187746/

 

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seanjo

It will be a practice dud, not a real bomb.

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Piney
1 hour ago, seanjo said:

It will be a practice dud, not a real bomb.

They were dumping live ordinance off the coast of Cape May in the 1950s. The crap washes up all the time.

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seanjo
10 minutes ago, Piney said:

They were dumping live ordinance off the coast of Cape May in the 1950s. The crap washes up all the time.

Maybe, but the Dambusters tested the bouncing bomb, along the coast the 'bombs' they used where concrete filled duds normally. They must have tested live versions of course, but that will have been done at a range designated for such things...I could be wrong, it was war after all. As far as I know, the bouncing bomb in that form was only used in the Dambuster raid.

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